DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2477 - Ästhetische Praxis

The Research Training Group examines what happens when people are aesthetically active and experience themselves as aesthetically active. In this way, we are expanding the scope of traditional philosophical aesthetics and art studies which have focused on the specifics of aesthetic experience, perception and judgement since the introduction of the concept of aesthetics in the 18th century. With our focus, we propose a praxeological change to questions of aesthetics and art studies and we are interested in forms of aesthetic creation and performance that can – but do not have to – culminate in the production and reception of works of art.

The Research work of the group is focused on three areas: 1) the artistic and philosophical analysis of different art forms, such as theatre, performance, fine art, literature, music and forms of popular culture, as practices. 2) From a comparative point of view,  the integration of non-European, mainly East Asian arts, aesthetic practices and the accompanying theory construction opens up an intercultural perspective, which will serve as a corrective to the neglect of practice in a European tradition of norm-building aesthetic concepts. 3) Based on the theoretical combination of both fields of research as well as current debates on praxeology and the turn to practice, a comprehensive theory of aesthetic practice will be devised and developed with an interdisciplinary perspective.

Laufzeit: 01.04.2019 bis 30.09.2023

Koncept

The Research Training Group investigates aesthetic practice as a sui generis phenomenon. In this way, we are expanding the scope of traditional philosophical aesthetics and art studies which have focused on the specifics of aesthetic experience, perception and judgement since the introduction of the concept of aesthetics in the 18th century. In contrast, we are interested in forms of aesthetic creation and performance that can – but do not have to – culminate in the production and reception of works of art. Our proposed praxiological change to questions of aesthetics and art studies is motivated by the increasing reflexivity of the arts, which since the late modernity have been directed towards the practical contexts of art, as well as by the newly awakened interest of philosophy and cultural theory in forms of activity that go beyond actions describable in terms of intentionality; this interest is motivated by a new awareness of non-European aesthetical practices. Accordingly, the research work of the group is focused on three areas: 1) the artistic and philosophical analysis of different art forms, such as theatre, performance, fine art, literature, music and forms of popular culture, as practices. From a comparative point of view, 2) the integration of non-European, mainly East Asian arts, aesthetic practices and the accompanying theory construction opens up an intercultural perspective, which will serve as a corrective to the neglect of practice in a European tradition of norm-creating aesthetic concepts. 3) Based on the theoretical combination of both fields of research as well as current debates on praxiology and the turn to practice, a comprehensive theory of aesthetic practice will be devised and further developed into an interdisciplinary constellation. At the same time, the focus on aesthetic practices will help to establish a broader understanding of praxis in general and to expand the current praxiological debates beyond their largely socio-scientific framework. This specific approach is embedded in a training-concept tailored to the doctoral degree, which is based on the tradition of humanities research of the specialist field and is, at the same time, integrated into the current transdisciplinary research of the university. In particular the combination of theory and practice, which has been shaped in Hildesheim and which is tried and tested not only in research, but also in teaching, forms an important prerequisite for the research program of the Research Training Group.