SMArt Talks: From Global Art History to Global Aesthetics

We cordially invite you to the spring semester's last lecture evening from the SMArt Talks cycle. The talk, From Global Art History to Global Aesthetics, will be given by Professor of Philosophy Bence Nanay. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, 23rd of April 2024, from 18:00 in the Hans Belting Library (Faculty of Arts, MU, Veveří 28, Brno).

23 Apr 2024

Abstract: Global art historians urge us to take non-European art more seriously. Art history has long been dominated by European, or more widely, Western art. Global art history aims to give equal (or almost equal) attention to Japanese art, Chinese art, Indian art, Korean art, Aboriginal art, and so on. Global art history is an important and timely project. But I will argue that it does not go far enough. If we want to stop privileging European art over any other kind of art, we need a much more radical shift. We need to examine what makes art history global and question the assumptions about the methodology of global art history. We need not only global art history, but also global aesthetics.

Bence Nanay is Professor of Philosophy and BOF Research Professor at the University of Antwerp. He is the author of Between Perception and Action (Oxford University Press, 2013), Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception (Oxford University Press, 2016), Aesthetics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2019) and Global Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, under contract) as well as 6 other books published or forthcoming on aesthetics and the philosophy of mind.

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