Aesthetics for activists

Digital Lecture

If not simply frivolous, beauty is at best autonomous, inviting appreciation, but not the active pursuit of important social goods. Historians have traced the entrenchment of such platitudes about aesthetic life. Yet, despite their cultural contingency, philosophers have largely acquiesced in them. This talk considers what it would take to overturn them and to develop multiple approaches to aesthetics for activists.

Dominic McIver Lopes, FRSC, teaches at the University of British Columbia and is the author of seven monographs in aesthetics, including Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value and (with Bence Nanay and Nick Riggle) Aesthetic Life and Why It Matters. He is now writing a book on Aesthetic Injustice: A Cosmopolitan Theory. His research focusses on pictorial representation and perception, the aesthetic and epistemic value of pictures, including scientific images; theories of art and its value, the ontology of art, computer art and new art forms, aesthetic value, and the history of aesthetics in Europe and South Asia.

Moderation: Dr. Sarah Hegenbart

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Organizational information on the digital lecture
The Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg is offering this event live as a zoom meeting, in which viewers can also take part in the subsequent discussion with video contributions.

  • We would be delighted if you gave your real name when dialing into Zoom. Of course, you can also take part in the event under a pseudonym.
  • A list of all participants is available to all those involved during the entire event.
  • During the lecture, the microphones of the audience are all automatically muted so as not to generate any disturbing background noise. You can turn on the audience's camera during the lecture.
  • In the discussion that follows, requests to speak or questions can be displayed using the "Raise hand" function. You can find these - depending on the device - under the button "Participant", "More" or "Reactions" in Zoom. You can also lower your hand again if you want to withdraw the question.
  • The moderator keeps a speech list and gives the floor in the order of the messages. If the moderator asks you to bring your question or request to speak, the user interface will ask you to turn on your microphone. If you have not already done so, you are welcome to turn on your camera. This is particularly desirable when presenting longer requests to speak so that the presenter can also see who is asking the question or who is making the comment.
  • Of course, you also have the option of asking your questions in writing in the chat.

Recording of the Digital Lecture
This digital lecture will be recorded to be used for the Kolleg’s media library. Only the speaker, his or her presentation and the moderator will be heard or seen in the recording. Chat contributions as well as questions and answers are not recorded. A "REC" sign in the upper right-hand corner of the screen informs the participants that the event is being recorded.

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