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The Art of Hegel’s Aesthetics: Hegelian Philosophy and the Perspectives of Art History

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Co-organised by the Centre of Hellenic Studies at King’s College London, the New School for Social Research (New York) and the Internationales Kolleg Morphomata (Universitaet zu Koeln), with additional support from the Leverhulme Trust.

River Room, King’s Building, King’s College London (Strand Campus).
Wedsnesday 8th- Friday 10th June 2016

Joshua Billings (Princeton)
T.J. Clark (University of California, Berkeley)
Whitney Davis (University of California, Berkeley)
Sebastian Gardner (University College London)
Lydia Goehr (Columbia)
Hanneke Grootenboer (University of Oxford)
Paul Kottman (New School for Social Research)
Ludwig Jäger (Aachen/ Internationales Kolleg Morphomata)
Richard Neer (University of Chicago)
Julia Peters (Universitaet Tuebingen)
Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)
Fred Rush (University of Notre Dame)
Michael Squire (King’s College London)
Ingvild Torsen (University of Oslo)

Chairs/ discussants:
Roderick Beaton (King’s College London)
Dietrich Boschung (Universitaet zu Koeln)
Jas’ Elsner (University of Oxford/ University of Chicago)
William Fitzgerald (King’s College London)
Simon Goldhill (University of Cambridge)
Sacha Golob (King’s College London)
Russell Goulbourne (King’s College London)
Thierry Greub (Internationales Kolleg Morphomata)
Constanze Güthenke (University of Oxford)
Katharina Lorenz (University of Nottingham/ Internationales Kolleg Morphomata)
Sebastian Matzner (King’s College London)
Stephen Melville (Ohio State University)
Jeremy Tanner (University College London)
Joanna Woodall (Courtauld Institute of Art)

This conference will explore one of the most profound and influential philosophies of art: Hegel’s 1820s ‘lectures on aesthetics’. By calling upon a range of philosophers and art historians with expertise in the periods discussed by Hegel (including the ‘Classical’ art of Greece), our overriding objective is twofold: first, to ask how Hegel’s work might illuminate specific periods and artworks in relation to contemporary art historical discussions; and second, to ask how art history might help us to make better sense of Hegel’s remarks in the ‘Vorlesungen ueber die Aesthetik’.

For a full description of the conference, see:

For the provisional programme, see:

The conference is free to attend, but pre-booking is required to secure a place:
(Although pre-booked spaces are limited, it is expected that some additional spaces may be made available each day)