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Crisis, Mourning and Everyday Aesthetics | Welsh Aesthetics Forum


“Crisis, Mourning and Everyday Aesthetics”

Professor Paul C. Taylor (UCLA)
Wednesday 29th May, 2024
John Percival Building, Room 0.31, Cardiff University


In a reflection on what she calls “the future of time,” Toni Morrison discusses art that responds to moments of crisis with, as she puts it, “a mourning, a requiem, a folding away of the future.” She goes on to look for redemptive possibilities in expressive culture, on the grounds that “one looks to history for the feel of time [but] one looks to art for signs of its renewal.” I have argued that reading Morrison through Saidiya Hartman reveals signs of this renewal in the refusal of spectacle and the recovery of dailiness in (of all places) the film “Wakanda Forever.” This talk will expand on that earlier argument’s gesture at everyday aesthetics in part by recommending a distinctively Deweyan approach to the everyday.

Hybrid Attendance
The organisers aim to pilot this as a hybrid event. Details will be made available on the upcoming talks section of their website.

Dinner & Drinks
After the talk, people will head for a drink, followed by dinner (venue TBC). The British Society of Aesthetics has agreed to cover dinner expenses for up to two students. Students who are interested in this opportunity are invited to contact the organisers (dixond7@cardiff.ac.uk or parisp@cardiff.ac.uk). Anyone else who’d like to join, please also email the organisers, as there will only be limited spaces.