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Conference: Aesthetics in the Age of Environmental Crisis

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International Institute of Applied Aesthetics (IIAA)

14thInternational Summer Conference

You are warmly welcomed to join the three-day online conference Aesthetics in the Age of Environmental Crises on June 3–5, 2021, via the Zoom platform.

Entry to the online conference is free but requires registration. For technical reasons, we can only admit a limited number of participants to the conference rooms. Register for the conference here: https://iiaacongress2021.com/registration/

Please, visit the conference website for the conference program and more information: https://iiaacongress2021.com/ Note that all times in the program are in East European Summer Time (Helsinki, EEST, UTC +3).

Environments and human living conditions are undergoing drastic changes both locally and globally due to human activity. We face challenges that make it difficult to live meaningful and ecologically sustainable lives. We build our identities and pursue experiences in numerous, ecologically harmful ways. In this situation, feelings of helplessness, distress, and fear are common. It seems we do not have practices for constructively sharing the burden of encountering global environmental change.

At the same time, the effects of climate change have not fully reached environmental aesthetics. Philosophers have written very little on aesthetics and climate change. Aesthetic values, sensibility, and imagination are important factors for mitigating environmental problems. We need these perspectives to be able to redefine the everyday, enrich our perception, and to look for new ways of being and doing.


Thursday, June 3
16:00 (Helsinki, EEST, UTC +3) 
Emily Brady (Texas A&M University, USA): Cryospheric Aesthetics

Friday, June 4
16:00 (Helsinki, EEST, UTC +3)
Marcello Di Paola (Humanities Department, University of Palermo, Italy):
Anthropocene Environments and the Virtues of Aesthetic Appreciation

Saturday, June 5
14:30 (Helsinki, EEST, UTC +3)
Ville Lähde (BIOS Research Unit, Helsinki): What is in an Environmental Crisis?




Thursday, June 3

17:30 (Helsinki, EEST, UTC +3) 


Corpus Crisis – A Performance Lecture (work-in-process)

The religiously unaffiliated performing arts collective Ilmastokirkko (The Climate Church) explores artistically the relationship between ecological crises and the sacred. Ilmastokirkko develops their artistic project in dialogue with conference speakers and the research project Environmental Aesthetics in Turmoil. More information on the collective on their website: https://www.ilmastokirkko.fi/about.
In addition, Ilmastokirkko’s online art work “Room of Organs – Do It Yourself Performance” is available each evening during the congress week. Please, visit the conference website (https://iiaacongress2021.com/) for more information.

Conference committee:

Arto Haapala, University of Helsinki
Jukka Mikkonen, University of Helsinki
Sanna Lehtinen, Aalto University
Kaisa Kortekallio, University of Helsinki
Noora-Helena Korpelainen (Coordinator), University of Helsinki
The conference is hosted in relation to Lahti – The European Green Capital 2021

The conference is organized by:

The International Institute of Applied Aesthetics (IIAA) and

The research project Environmental Aesthetics in Turmoil

in association with the performing arts project Ilmastokirkko (The Climate Church)

The conference is supported by 

Lahti – European Green Capital 2021

Lahti University Campus

Arts Promotion Center Finland (Taike).

Conference website: https://iiaacongress2021.com/

Contact: contact@iiaacongress2021.com
Coordinator: Noora-Helena Korpelainen, University of Helsinki