"Aesthetics Bridging Cultures"

9-13 July 2007
METU Cultural and Convention Center, Ankara, TURKEY

The third millenium is proceeding with threatening declarations, both in deed and in discourse as to the possibility to reconcile differences. The partiality of prevailing political and cultural attitudes jeopardize dialogue amongst cultures and convictions. Yet, culture as human nature means diversity as well as synthesis. As aestheticians we can ask whether it is possible to keep diversities alive as well as to render them communicable, and to create new forms of synergie, through art and aesthetics.

The XVIIth International Congress of Aesthetics, taking place in Turkey, approached art and culture in terms of historic ruptures, continuities, tensions and hybridities. With worldwide participation, it is expected that alternative disciplinary attitudes within aesthetics and philosophy with focuses on art, architecture, urbanism, landscape, music, literature, film, etc., can contribute to the discussion of ‘Bridging Cultures’. The exchange of ideas and experiences of an aesthetic nature can also encourage relationships between different cultures.

Session titles was made definitive after paper proposals. Yet, the following items can be a guide for choosing thematic or cenceptual approaches.

Idealism and Pragmatism, Local and Glocal, Orientalism and Occidentalism
Pluralism and Egalitarianism, Sacred and Profane, Historicism
New Taxonomies of Art, Culture Industry, Aesthetics of Technology
Aesthetics and the Everyday, High/Low, Real and Virtual, Philosophical Approaches
Interculturalism and the Arts, Territory and Cultures, Art in Transhistorical Perspectives, Violence/Aesthetics, Aesthetics and Ethics

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