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'The Decline of Beauty' Study Day Event

Origin: 
Humanities
Time:
10:00 - 16:00
Date:
27 April 2013
Venue:
Avenue Campus University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Kirsty McLean on 023 8059 4514 or email k.mclean@southampton.ac.uk .

Event details

We will be holding a one-day cultural event on Saturday 27th April consisting of a series of short talks led by experts from within Philosophy at Southampton. This thought provoking and inspiring conference will provide you with the opportunity to learn and engage in discussion about aesthetics from academics of international distinction.

We will be holding a one-day cultural event on Saturday April 27th on ‘the decline of beauty'. Until the later nineteenth century, 'beauty' was a word laden with meaning - so laden indeed that it spawned the 'sublime' and the 'tragic' as further terms of aesthetic approbation, so as to spread the burden of approval around. Today, however, all three terms have lost their richness. 'Beautiful' means little more than very pretty or attractive; more or less anything sad or unfortunate is nowadays called 'tragic'; while the 'sublime' features mostly as a place from which the ridiculous can be reached. How has this happened? How have these terms become so hollow? And how is this reflected in how we engage with art today?

This thought-provoking day will include a series of short talks by experts from the Philosophy Department at the University of Southampton (a centre of excellence for the philosophy of the arts) and will provide you with the opportunity to learn and engage in discussion of this perplexing transformation in our engagement with art.

Places are limited, so book your place early to avoid disappointment.

This is part of a series events organised by Lifelong Learning.

Charges

£30 full rate

£20 loyalty rate (Harbour Lights Members, Friends of Parkes, English Teachers Network, university staff and alumni)

£10 discount rate (students/sixth form & college students and those in receipt of income-based Job Seeker's Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Council Tax or Housing Benefit)

All prices include lunch and refreshments

Payment

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