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Aesthetics in Modernity

Tuesday 20th May 2008, 15:00-17:00, Warwick Arts Centre Conference Room

This is a chance to hear two leading continental thinkers and public intellectuals debating the aesthetic both as a way of understanding the modern world and as a problematic category within that world. Jacques Rancière (Emeritus Professor, Université de Paris VIII) and Peter Sloterdijk (Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Philosophy and Media Theory, Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe) will share a platform at this event, which promises a confrontation of German and French traditions and modes of thought in assessing the role of the aesthetic in the digitalised and globalised world.

Their personal presence at Warwick is especially valuable as they both have major works still not translated into English. Since their thinking connects philosophy, literature, history, art, politics, sociology and psychology, this event should engage all staff and students from Humanities and Social Studies.

The debate is part of events organised on the occasion of Professor Peter Sloterdijk’s stay at Warwick as guest of Warwick’s Social Theory Centre (STC) and as Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) jointly organised by the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts, the Social Theory Centre, and the Institute of Advanced Studies at Warwick University.

Further Details can be found at

This event is open to all - Attendance is free of charge

Contact: Dr Ralf Rogowski: Social Theory Centre (STC)/School of Law for further information