Widening Aesthetic Discourse

Thursday, 29. October 2020 um 16:00 Uhr

Online roundtable discussions: Postcolonial and global perspectives on aesthetic practices

Over the past decades, postcolonial and global perspectives have significantly widened and re-arranged aesthetic discourses. Cultural and philosophical theory is trying to keep pace with aesthetic practices, that have ceased to obey Eurocentric constrictions long ago. Thereby, a postcolonial view carries the potential not only for a re-reading of the history of aesthetic practices. It also brings the political dimension of aesthetic practice and theory of aesthetics in the present to the fore. Based on postcolonial perspectivation, different layers and aspects of globalized discourses on art and aesthetics can be made accessible in novel ways.  
These questions are addressed from different angles in three online roundtable discussions: Michaela Ott and Ivo Ritzer will discuss “dividuation” and “composite cultures” from the point of view of Africa-focused media studies. Monica Juneja and Christian Utz will talk about the possibility of a global history and historiography of visual arts and music. Simon Gikandi and Ruth Sonderegger will engage in an intellectual exchange on the connectedness of colonialism and the emergence of aesthetic discourses in 17th- and 18th-century Europe.

Oct 29th 2020, 4-6pm (Central European Winter Time)
Postkoloniale Konstellationen in den zeitgenössischen Künsten und der Ästhetik / Postcolonial constellations in contemporary arts and aesthetics
Invited Guests: Michaela Ott (Professor of Aesthetic Theories, Hochschule für bildende Künste  Hamburg) and Ivo Ritzer (Junior Professor of Media in Africa, University of Bayreuth)

Nov 19th 2020, 4-6pm (Central European Winter Time)
Globalization of art history and music history in the course of the 20th century
Invited Guests: Monica Juneja (Professor of Global Art History, University of Heidelberg) and Christian Utz (Professor of Music Theory / Music Analysis at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz)

Dec 3rd 2020, 4-6pm (Central European Winter Time)
Colonialism and aesthetics
Invited Guests: Simon Gikandi (Robert Schirmer Professor of English, Princeton University) and Ruth Sonderegger (Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetic Theory, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

Please contact: GRK2477(at)uni-hildesheim.de for participation

In cooperation with DFG Research Training Group “Aesthetic Practice” and DFG Koselleck Project “Histories of Philosophy in a Global Perspective”