Events of the Research Training Group

Winter semester 2022

International conference „mimesis – praxis – aisthesis. A Constellation and its Heritage"

with guests from the Chinese Culture University, Taipeh (Taiwan)
13. – 15.10.2022


Interdisciplinary Lecture Series "Critical Aesthetic Practice"

Thursdays from 6 - 8 p.m., Hs 50/202 (Hohes Haus - large seminar room)

The lecture series addresses the idea of a practice that, in the very process of enaction, reflects on its own limits and questions itself as well as its concepts and modes of action in terms of the entanglements to which they belong. It is based on an understanding of the critical that does not consist solely in discourse but includes a practical dimension. A critical aesthetic practice, understood in this way, is always also a political practice that seeks out controversy and faces up to its ambivalences. It positions itself between different aesthetics and does not take any of them for granted, but rather thematises, realises and seeks to take responsibility for power relations in a new way, or to intervene in historiography and the present in a transformative manner.
The lecture series therefore asks what is critical in and about aesthetic practice. In the process, the terms and concepts of aesthetics and critique themselves are put to the test by virtue of their historical genesis. How, for example, are the critique of the Eurocentrism of aesthetics and critique itself manifested through aesthetic practice? What kind of potential do the diverse post- and decolonial, gender-, able- and class-critical approaches in the arts open up with regard to marginalised perspectives and critical counter-narratives? From a transdisciplinary perspective, and with contributors from theory and practice will address the question of how the critical is produced, represented, performed, curated and/or mediated in practice itself.

With contributions by Mearg Negusse, Yvonne Schmidt, Thomas Lange, Fabiana Ex-Souza, Stefan Krankenhagen und Thomas Alkemeyer, Nikolaus Müller-Schöll, Ines Kleesattel, Marta Keil, Marc Siegel, Elizabeth Povinelli and the members of the ResearchTraining Group “Aesthetic Practice“ Meriam Bousselmi, Florentine Muhry, Simone Niehoff and Simon Niemann, who will conduct the closing panel of the lecture series.

Organization: Martina Groß and Fiona McGovern

Information update: The guest lecture by Elizabeth Povinelli on Febuary 9th will be held ONLINE!
Registration by e-mail to




Past Semesters

Winter semester 2021/2022

Research Day of the Critical Theatre Pedagogy Working Group

February 19, 2022, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm, online.


We notice that forms of critical theater pedagogical practice are developing that give rise to new aesthetic(s). The examples are numerous - post/decolonial critique, critique of power in transgenerational constellations, queer feminist perspectives, or aesthetic(s) of access - and raise multiple questions: What does a critical aesthetic practice look like? How do we critically examine (our own) theater pedagogical working attitudes and (aesthetic) practices? To what extent do structural and aesthetic questions combine in a critical theater pedagogy?
Program (german)

Please register for online participation by 07.02. to Sonja Schütte ( with your postal address and the text/working group you wish to participate in. The text will be sent digitally and on paper.

The Research Day is organized in cooperation of the Research Training Group 2477 "Aesthetic Practice" with the Institute for Media, Theater and Popular Culture of the Foundation University of Hildesheim.

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Maike Gunsilius, Laura Kallenbach, Simon Niemann, Frank Oberhäußer, Isabel Schwenk

"Practice Practice"

Annual Conference 2021
November 4 – 6th, 2021

For more information on the annual conference, click here.

Feministische Wissenschaftskritik über den Weg des Körpers.

Feminist critique of science (The event will be held in German)

A practical workshop with Sunny Graff

29.11.-30.11.2021, Monday13.00-17.00, Tuesday 9.00-14.00 (Aula, Domäne)

The workshop is aimed at female academic staff, lecturers, female professors at the University of Hildesheim (approx. 15 participants possible).

Registration until 30.10.21 with Ben Steppath (<>)


Conference "Gilbert Simondon: Ecological, aesthetic and technological modes of existence"

15 – 16 October 2021, Time Zone: Central European Summer Time

The conference will be held virtually. All contributions will be in English.

Please register here.

Gilbert Simondon is known as a philosopher of technology. Yet in his principal book on that subject he reflects on the "entire genesis implicating man and the world of which the genesis of technicity is perhaps only a small part" (MEOT 168). His book Individuation in Light of Notions of Form and Information (1958), recently translated into English, reveals him in turn as a philosopher of nature. In lecture courses, Simondon reflects on further topics such as aesthetics and psychology of perception, imagination and invention. The challenge is to show to what extent Simondon’s theories – of technology, nature and culture – are interrelated.
The conference aims to study the interconnections between the different aspects of Simondon’s philosophy – the various "modes of existence" to which he devoted considerable reflection. Its basic premise is the one that Simondon himself can be seen to have accepted as essential, that technology and its development are not an independent reality but encounter science and ethics, religious and aesthetic thought within a regulative system that Simondon names "Culture". Cultural objects fulfil the double role of mediating the relation between human beings and their natural as well as social milieu.
Simondon sees a role for philosophy in thinking the imbrication of these different modes of existence and fostering mutual exchange and communication between them. How can we think the relation between ecological, technological and aesthetic modes of existence? In what ways are they distinct in terms of structures and operations? In what ways are they engaged in a form of co-evolution? How might it be possible to reduce the fragmentation of human knowledge and experience and foster integration, in particular the reintegration of technical developments into cultural understanding?

The conference brings together international scholars from various disciplines to discuss Simondon’s thought and its relevance today in the light of possible "symbiotic" forms of ecological, aesthetic and technological modes of existence. 


Organised by

Anne Sauvagnargues (University of Paris, Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Daniela Voss (University of Hildesheim, Germany)

Confirmed speakers:

Andrea Bardin – Oxford Brookes University
Yuk Hui – City University of Hong Kong
Cécile Malaspina – King's College London
Heike Delitz – Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg
Olivier Del Fabbro – ETH Zurich
Anne Lefebvre – ENS Paris-Saclay
Jean-Hugues Barthélémy – Paris-Nanterre University
Anne Sauvagnargues – Paris-Nanterre University
Daniela Voss – University of Hildesheim

Summer semester 2021

Workshop "Wittgenstein's Exercises: Aesthetic and Ethical Transformations"

15 - 16 July 2021

This workshop aims to investigate Wittgenstein’s philosophical practices as exercises. It explores their simultaneously aesthetic and ethical dimension, so as to uncover their transformative potential for and within ordinary social practices, conceived of as a weave of trained, embodied practices and techniques.


Invited Speakers

Anna Boncompagni (University of California, Irvine)
Anne-Marie-Christensen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Logi Gunnarsson (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Andreas Hetzel (University of Hildesheim, Germany)
Oskari Kuusela (University of East Anglia, UK)
Beth Savickey (University of Winnipeg, Canada)
Davide Sparti (University of Siena, Italy)
Katrin Wille (University of Hildesheim, Germany)

"Body Politics In The Exhibition Context"

April – September 2021

  • Discussions
  • (Interactive) Lectures
  • Screenings 
  • Performances 
  • Workshops


Clémentine Deliss, Antje Géra, Fanny Hauser, Viktor Neumann, Alice Peragine, Megan Tamati-Quenell, Kathy-Ann Tan, Alice Wilke und Emma Wolf-Haugh



Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf Praxistheorie(n)

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Practice Theory(s) (The event will be held in German)

Online Roundtable Discussion (via Zoom)
23.06.21, 10:00-12:00 
Guests: Sophia Prinz und Hilmar Schäfer

Winter semester 2020/2021

"Widening Aesthetic Discourse – Postcolonial and Global Perspectives"

Online Roundtable Discussions

DFG Research Training Group "Aesthetic Practice", DFG Koselleck Project "Histories of Philosophy in a Global Perspective", Center for World Music

Interested? Please contact:

Over the past decades, postcolonial and global perspectives have significantly widened and rearranged 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 rereading 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 for analysis 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.

Thursday, 16:00 – 18:00 h (CET) (online, BigBlueButton)

Postcolonial constellations in contemporary arts and aesthetics
Invited Guests: Michaela Ott (Professor of Aesthetic Theories, Hochschule für bildende Künste  Hamburg) and Ivo Ritzer (Professor of Comparative Media Studies, University of Bayreuth)

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)

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)

Summer semester 2020

"Think Practice!" - Interdisciplinary lecture series

The lecture will be held digitally!

Lecture series in the course catalog LSF


The lecture series "Think Practice!" deals with the question of how practice is talked about and thought about in different disciplines. To this end, renowned representatives from a whole range of disciplines have been invited to present their respective understanding of practice. The lecture series will include lectures from the fields of education, art history, cultural studies, philosophy, political science, psycholinguistics, and sociology. These lectures will deal with the meaning of practice in the context of the respective discipline.

Winter semester 2019/2020

"Participation - Body - an Action: Dimensions of Aesthetic Practice"

1. International conference of the Research Training Group 2477

13.-15.02.2020, Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg, Hohes Haus, Aula


Speakers (external guests): Prof. Dr. Thomas Alkemeyer, Prof. Dr. Kathrin Busch, Dr. Adam Czirak, Dr. Azadeh Sharifi, Prof. Dr. Kerstin Stakemeier

"Embodied Practices between Phenomenology and Performance Studies"

Scientific theory and practical experience workshop in combination with the Augmented-Reality-Installation "Conspiracy Archives"

06.-07.12.2019, Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg, Hohes Haus, Aula

Participants (external guests): Prof. Susan Kozel PhD,  Jun.-Prof. Dr. Michela Summa, Margret Sara Guðjónsdóttir (Installation, choreography und practical experience exercise)


"Professional wrestling in theory and practice."

Scientific Workshop with theory and practical experience

28.-29.11.2019, Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg, Burgtheater


"Aesthetic practice. A Research Training Group introduces itself"

Events forming part of the anniversary week of the cultural studies

25.10.2019, 13:00 bis 15:00 Uhr, Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg

Speakers (Graduates of the Training Group): Dr. Lucilla Guidi, Marie-Charlotte Simons, Salvatore Calabrese, Tobias Wittchen.


Summer semester 2019

Lectures at the workshop "Event and Agency" with Gernot Böhme, Dieter Mersch and Rainer Winter

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

10.00 s.t.
Andreas Hetzel (Hildesheim) Welcome and introduction

Gernot Böhme (Darmstadt) The atmosphere of pictures 

Jens Roselt (Hildesheim) Welcome and introduction

Dieter Mersch (Zürich) Artificial and Artistic Intelligence - On the critique of the algorithmization of creativity

Friday, July 5th, 2019 

Andreas Hetzel (Hildesheim) Welcome and introduction

Rainer Winter (Klagenfurt) Power, obstinacy and the emergence of the political


Venue: University of Hildesheim, Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg, Domänenstrasse 1, Hohes Haus/Aula (Hs 50/302)



Lecture "Ästhetische Praxis" 

You can find the program here.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Hetzel


Dr. Sonja Dinter