Antwerp, Belgium

Arts, Ontology and Politics

when 25 August 2021 - 31 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 300

The meaning of art is not obvious in contemporary visual culture. We can no longer take for granted that it is simply about creating beauty. Nor can we say it is about provoking critical reflection, since this fails to explain why art is necessary for this reflection. The aim of this summer school is to explore the social meaning and the critical potentialities of art today and to discuss the contemporary theories that intend to account for it. The starting point for this examination is the legacy of Foucault’s discourse analysis, which thematizes the entanglement of artistic creation in power relations, and Levinas’s understanding of aesthetics which separates strictly the transcendence of a work of art form the transcendence of ethics.

Target group

Master students in philosophy, but open to advanced Bachelor, Master and PhD students in philosophy or a closely related field. Participants should have at least completed two full years of undergraduate education (Bachelor level).

Fee info

EUR 300: Regular fee: includes course material, coffee breaks, evening programme and farewell dinner. Other meals and accommodation are not included.
EUR 200: Early bird fee (only Bachelor and Master students): includes course material, coffee breaks, evening programme and farewell dinner. Other meals and accommodation are not included.

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