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Humboldt Kolleg: Aesthetic Habits/Ästhetische Gewohnheiten
June, 13—16. 2022 (Italy)

Da: Lunedì 13 giugno 2022 ore 13:45
Fino a: Sabato 18 giugno 2022 ore 13:00

Pubblicato: Martedì 17 maggio 2022

Humboldt Kolleg
Aesthetic Habits
Ästhetische Gewohnheiten

In cooperation with the University of Turin, the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Warsaw, SIE (Società Italiana di Estetica), ART (Aesthetics Research Torino)

June, 13—16. 2022 (Italy)
University of Turin / Avigliana (Torino) Certosa 1515 / Rivoli Castle (Museum of Contemporary Art)

PROGRAM 13/06/2022 – University of Turin, Auditorium Aldo Moro
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13.45 – 14 Registration

Topic: Alessandro Bertinetto (University of Turin), Georg Bertram (FU Berlin), Adam Andrzejewski (University of Warsaw)

Chair: Roberta Dreon

The Artification of Habits. From Tools to Symbols

(Discussant: Giovanni Matteucci, University of Bologna)

The relationship between body, habit, practice, rituals, and its bearing on the creation of symbolic objects and cultural artifacts is analyzed from a neuro-pragmatist approach, which emphasizes the procedural and implicit forms of human cognition. It is proposed that through the repetition, combination and memorization of shared behaviors and actions, and their mimetic ritualization, the social group infuses new cultural meanings into reused bodily performances. This requires to internalize the causal relationship between action and sign through its actualization by means of one’s own bodily action. The proposed gradual transition from tool-making to symbol-making, grants the following: 1) It suggests that utilitarian and symbolic behavior are both chapters of the same cognitive technology trajectory; 2) It doesn’t require one to assume that symbol-making is the late externalization of a previously existing inner symbolic thought, because symbolic thought and symbol-making are the co-constructive outcome of the development of shared performative practices and habits; 3) It is fully compatible with the neurobiological characterization of human relational potentialities as instantiated by embodied simulation.

Chair: Roberta Dreon

Anaphors and Repeatability. Pattern Recognition and the Practices of Poetry

(Discussant: Georg Bertram, FU Berlin)

In this paper I will look at poetry as a set of practices and thus highlight not only its linguistic dimension but also its link with pattern recognition in the structures of action. I will focus on structures of repetition and iteration - acts of language that are both iterable and inaugural. I will conceptualize the aspect of poetic practices related to repetition/repeatability as multilevel, variable and complex phenomenon.  Here I will argue that the structure of anaphora brings out how the phenomena of iterability in poetry have to do with a structure of anticipation that can look both backwards and forwards, to the past and to the future, inside and outside the text.

17 – 17.30 Coffee Break 

Chair: Georg Bertram

A Swallow Does Not Make a Summer. Rethinking the Ontogeny of Human Aesthetics Through the Lens of Habits

(Discussant: Lilja Walliser, FU Berlin)

"One swallow does not make a summer, nor one fine day; similarly, one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy" (Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics, 1098a18): this is one of the most quoted passages from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, in the framework of Aristotle’s discussion of ethical virtues as examples of hexeis. If we transpose Aristotle's reasoning from the ethical to the aesthetic domain, assuming that the aesthetic can also be understood in terms of a hexis, what results is that a single occurrence of an aesthetic capacity (i.e., a single, brief episode of the exercise of an aesthetic capacity) is not sufficient to confirm that an individual has developed and now possess an aesthetic capacity in its proper, "entire" meaning. In other words, it is not sufficient to make a person entirely “aesthetic”. This main thesis can be further specified in two sub-theses, depending on the main one albeit to different degrees: children, below a certain age, do not have any form of aesthetic capacity (properly understood); once an aesthetic capacity has been acquired, and despite the degrees of freedom enjoyed by the perceptual, emotional, imaginative and cognitive components involved in the aesthetic, an individual is not able to stop having aesthetic episodes whenever she wants to, nor, conversely, is she able to begin or re-commence having them whenever she wants to. But what are the characteristics of the human aesthetic that justify such a peculiar ontogeny and functioning? Should the human aesthetic be assimilated to a habit or a capacity, or rather to a disposition, a power, an attitude, and what are the differences between these notions? Finally, why have philosophical aesthetics so rarely dealt with longitudinal approaches to the human aesthetic?

Chair: Georg Bertram

Atmospheric Habitualities. Aesthesiology of the Silent Body

(Discussant: Federico Vercellone, University of Turin)

For a certain tradition the lived body equals our being-in-the-world exactly insofar as it is silent, that is, it remains in the background of the performances and habits it makes possible. This is based on the idea that the explicit consciousness of the body inhibits its fluid behaviors and therefore its efficacy, its aesthesiological habits. Can the phenomenology of the lived body content itself with referring to this only athematic background of our experience and habitualities, or should it rather insist on body’s necessary proprioceptive improvement? On whether felt-bodily habits can be enhanced or not, it seems necessary to compare the New Phenomenology and Somaesthetics approach to Leiblichkeit.

20 Dinner

PROGRAM 14/06/2022 – Rivoli Castle, Museum of Contemporary Art
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9 Bus Transfer to Rivoli Castle

Welcome Greetings

Chair: Federico Vercellone

Reworking Habits. Body Techniques in Performance Art Between Discipline and Experiment

(Discussant: Giovanni Matteucci, University of Bologna)

With his notion of a "political economy of the body" and his analysis of modern discipline, Michel Foucault has sharpened the view of how a particular mode of embodiment develops in modernity through schools, factories, and hospitals, which is based not least on a particular formation of habits. Jonathan Crary has shown how the arts also participated in the formation of a particular economy of attention by shaping the gaze of a focused individuality. However, the arts have also repeatedly attempted to subvert the structure of modern habits. The lecture refers primarily to techniques from theater and performance, which, due to their temporal duration and physicality, give rise to veritable counter-disciplines. It asks about the specific constitution of this aesthetic work on habit and its corporeality as well as its significance for a critical perspective on modern societies.

The Roles of Habits in the Arts. Continuity, Pervasiveness, and Pluralism

(Discussant: Leonardo Pietropaolo, University of Turin)

By adopting a Deweyan view of habits, I will defend the claim that habits are pervasive, constitutive, and plural within the arts, and explore three main clusters of habits operating within artistic practices and experiences. Firstly, I will focus on the bodily and/or technical habits constituting the very structure of most artistic practices.  Secondly, I am going to consider ‘artifying behaviors” and argue that they are habits characterizing both common interactions in everyday life and more conscious ritual or artistic practices. Finally, I will consider the case of habits disruption in contemporary artistic practices and claim that habit-breaking is successful insofar as it is able to create new habits or to re-orient old habits of perception, action, and thought.

Some Remarks about Hans Jonas' Anthropological Aesthetics

(Discussant: Francesca Monateri, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

This contribution aims to sketch the main features assumed by perception (Wahrnehmung) in Hans Jonas’ philosophy. Such a constellation of apparently different meanings allows to identify, throughout the various phases of Jonas' thought, an original philosophical anthropology based on aesthetic experience, conceived in its various forms and its broad ethical consequences.

13.15 – 15 Lunch & Visit to the Exhibition

Chair: Vittorio Gallese

Culinary Habits: Between Recipes and Improvisation

(Discussant: Eva Backhaus, FU Berlin)

This essay examines the potential of recipes to be sites of resistance, and in particular, a means of interrogating how recipes reinforce problematic hegemonies through the codifying of culinary practices. I do not propose a systematic or ethnographic study of particular recipes or ways of collecting them.  Instead, this philosophical study will highlight the conceptual features and structures of recipes and thus provide a lens through which the disruptive and even revolutionary potential of recipes can be explored.  I will ask: what are the principles, ideologies, and presuppositions that shape, but do not fully determine, the form of the recipe? How do recipes codify practices that contribute to habit formation? And how might recipes, by their very nature, encourage practices of improvisation, and subsequently, their critique and reformulation?

A Taste for Habits: On Preference Self-Construction

(Discussant: Gregorio Tenti, University of Genoa)

Self-induced taste change happens when someone has reasons to modify the structure of his aesthetic and general preferences. If we consider preferences and taste as the product of habit formation, taste change requires an act of self-reflection on our actual preferences and habits, which become the object of evaluation, transformation, and change from a higher-order perspective. Preference transformation, it will be argued, operates by constructing a self-model of habits and preferences and by engaging in different acts of self-intervention and interaction between subject and environment.

17 Bus Transfer to Avigliana
Free Time
19 – 21 Dinner

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Chair: Alessandro Bertinetto

Gaetano Chiurazzi (University of Turin), Automatic Life: Algorithms and Habits

(Discussant: Lilja Walliser, FU Berlin)

Is it possible to completely reduce habits to algorithms? What would this imply for the understanding of (human) life? With reference to Aristotle and Hegel (in particular to his concept of "second nature"), this paper investigates the difference between algorithm and habit and its implications on a philosophical and anthropological level.

PROGRAM 15/06/2022 – Avigliana, Certosa 1515
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Chair: Emanuele Arielli

Everyday Aesthetics, Improvisation and the (un)Expected

(Discussant: Alessandro Bertinetto, University of Turin)

The paper aims at researching the role of improvisation and the factor of (un)expected in everyday aesthetics. Everyday aesthetics is focused on mundane and daily activities such as cooking, transporting, cleaning, clothing and the like. It is often claimed that what makes the mentioned activities aesthetic is deeply (but surely not only) rooted in the fact that they are repetitive. That is, they happen regularly and almost automatically in our daily lives. Such a view seems to clash with the basic intuitions concerning improvisation as something creative, spontaneous and unrepeatable. Yet, we do improvise a lot in the everyday: not everything can and should be planned. In the paper I shall argue that the phenomenon of improvisation plays an important role in our everyday as well as brings new approach into everyday aesthetics as a field of philosophical inquiry. I support the hypothesis that improvisation is a useful tool in detecting the “content” of someone’s everyday life.

Chair: Emanuele Arielli

The Lure of the Familiar. The Existential and Aesthetic Importance of Routines and Habits

(Discussant: Francesca Monateri, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

In this paper, I connect the existential structures of humans with some aesthetic considerations. One of the bedrocks of human existence is stability. We want to, and in most circumstances, we can rely on the fact that the circumstances in which we live, are, by and large, the same as they have been before. We do not have to worry every morning that there would be irreplaceable changes in our immediate living environment. When there is such a danger, the very roots of our existence are threatened – as we have tragically learned in the spring of 2022 with the Russian aggression on Ukraine. Stability and, in its vein, reliability form the foundation of our routines and habits. Routines require time to be formed, and even though they can sometimes be a burden, they are very much a part of what we as humans are. It is simply not possible for any human being to create oneself anew all the time. It is in our nature to look for and create routines and habits that make our lives smoother and more fluent than without learned practices. Stability and reliability create safety and comfort which is characteristic of any homey environment. The feeling of “being at home” has features which can be regarded as aesthetic. It is the atmospheric character of home as a whole that gives us comfort and satisfaction. This is the aesthetics of the homey and familiar. I do not deny that cracks and surprises in our everyday environment often have a positive aesthetic impact; we take aesthetic pleasure in experiencing something new. My aim is to point out the aesthetic relevance of the ordinary and familiar. 

11 – 11.30 Coffee Break

Chair: Francesca Perotto

Creating Heritage. From Local Habits to Universal Values

(Discussant: Leonardo Pietropaolo, University of Turin)

UNESCO World Heritage sites are typically considered places of “outstanding universal value”, representing “a masterpiece of human creative genius”, and containing “areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance” (UNESCO 2021). There is, however, an important sense in which heritage sites are more than tourist attractions and mirabilia. They also help us make sense of the world as key constituents of the ways we understand, experience, and appreciate the areas around us, and come to embody our personal and cultural histories. Though seldom construed in this way, in this talk I claim that the universal value of heritage sites is at root an everyday aesthetic phenomenon — the result of numerous everyday habits, activities, and practices of people and communities over time. This will enable me to zero in on heritage value and explore the ways in which everyday aesthetic considerations figure into the constitution of non-aesthetic place-based values.

Chair: Francesca Perotto

Aesthetic Habits and Normativity

(Discussant: Eva Backhaus, FU Berlin)

The purpose of the talk is to explore the contribution of habits to aesthetic normativity. It can be intuitively observed that habits are linked to aesthetic normativity. One can have good or bad aesthetic habits, that is, habits that comply or do not comply with normative criteria of aesthetic value commonly shared by participants in an aesthetic (including artistic) practices. Accordingly, in reference to specific aesthetic practices, those with good aesthetic habits use to respect the aesthetic normativity of the relevant practices: they have good taste; those who do not have good aesthetic habits have bad taste and violate the aesthetic norms of an aesthetic practice. Thusly conceived, habits regulate the correctness of individual aesthetic preferences and the goodness of the individuals’ taste in reference to the normative aesthetic “profile” of an aesthetic practice. Yet habits play a more constitutive role for the articulation of aesthetic normativity. Habits constitute and regulate aesthetic practices themselves, being (embodied) norms of behavior that shape aesthetic practices. Furthermore, since habits work through situated interactions between organism and environment, and develop through these situated interactions, the aesthetic normativity constituted and regulated by aesthetic habits is situated as well: it is negotiated through the situations in which aesthetic practices are carried out.

13.30 – 15 Lunch

Chair: Paolo Furia

Disruptive Affective Habits

(Discussant: Gregorio Tenti, University of Genoa)

With the concept of disruptive affective habits, I focus on those affective dispositions to disrupt (1) and being disrupted (2). Disruption has been one of the key aims of the avant-garde. It has been conceived as a force that can break habits. By focusing on disruptive affective habits, I offer an alternative view: aesthetic transformation through affective disruption is not simply a break of habits because the breaking of habits can be a habit by itself (1) and it requires the audience’s openness to be disrupted (2). So, aesthetic transformation through affective disruption is a matter of negotiating new transactions with an unfamiliar environment. There is habit-change here, but it does not result in the elimination of habits. Instead, it is a matter of making new habits.

From Artifactual Habits to Aesthetics

(Discussant: Gioia Laura Iannilli, University of Bologna)

My theory of “expansive habits” sees habits as a central level of description when it comes to the experiences that different media and cultural artifacts afford (i.e., pictures, film, and architecture). I will briefly discuss how such a view is supported by theories in 4E cognition and can be developed further in case one subscribes to recent predictive processing accounts of the brain (Fingerhut 2020, 2021). Given the Humboldt-Kolleg’s focus on aesthetics, I will address whether aesthetic appreciation of cultural artifacts as art might relate to either the violation of a habit or its consummatory experience. In closing, I will assess whether such an evaluative relation would count as an occurrence of an “aesthetic habit.”

17 – 17.20 Coffee Break

Alessandra Beccarisi (Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung; University of Foggia)

Mechanical Models of Habits and Aesthetic Perception in the First Half of 17th Century
Chair: Gregorio Tenti

(Discussant: Paolo Furia, University of Turin)

The early modern age saw an increasing use of mechanical models in order to explain sense perception, imagination, emotions, memory, and habit. René Descartes and Pierre Gassendi tried to innovate music theory in the light of such models. Thus, the bodily mechanism of habits accounts for the skill in playing music, singing, and dancing, but also – to a certain extent – for the perception of beauty and the shaping of taste.

The Phenomenology of Habit Between Incorporation and Sedimentation

(Discussant: Francesca Perotto, University of Genoa)

In what ways, if any, is habit responsible for the internalization of cultural patterns of understanding and behavior? In this presentation, I will explore some of the most widespread theses that regard habit as a mechanism that facilitates the incorporation of styles of behavior, including habitual styles of perception. Such a view, which I call the ‘incorporation thesis’, is typically developed in connection to Merleau-Ponty’s account of body schema. By reconsidering the motivational role of habit in Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology, I draw attention to three key features of habit: context-sensitivity, associative recognition, and retention. Taken together, these aspects reveal the limits of the incorporation thesis and the need to distinguish between incorporation and sedimentation to better illustrate the dynamic relation between habit and belief.

19.40 – 21 Dinner
21 – 22 Concert: Barbiero Brunod Fiorini Trio, Playin’ (with) Habits

PROGRAM 16/06/2022 – Avigliana, Certosa 1515
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Habits of Thought. Philosophical Expression and Visual Culture
Chair: Giuliano Gasparri

(Discussant: Francesca Perotto, University of Genoa)

The continental philosophical and analytical traditions share a fundamental assumption: the belief that the expressive habit of philosophical thought consists in written verbal language – hence that doing philosophy essentially means producing texts. I will argue that it is possible and opportune to try to change this habit, discussing some infra-philosophical as well as extra-philosophical current debates and phenomena. The aim is to begin to pave the way for the development of a new philosophical habit which allows us to make concepts even without words. 

10 – 10.30 Conference Closing
11 – 12.30 Visit to the Sacra di San Michele
12.30 Bus Transfer to Turin Porta Susa Station

ADAM ANDRZEJEWSKI is a philosopher and an Assistant Professor from the University of Warsaw. His research is focused on analytic aesthetics and philosophy of art, everyday aesthetics and theory of popular culture. He has published articles in Estetika, The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, Rivista di estetica, Studi di estetica, Contemporary Aesthetics, The Journal of Somaesthetics or Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law. He is the Associate Editor of Popular Inquiry: The Journal of the Aesthetics of Kitsch, Camp and Mass Culture, as well as the Treasurer of the European Society of Aesthetics.

EMANUELE ARIELLI is  Professor  of  Philosophy  and  Aesthetics  at  IUAV  University,  Departments of Architecture and Arts, Venice, Italy. His research interests include aesthetics, art theory, cognitive science, and philosophy of mind. Arielli most recent books are the open-access book Artificial Aesthetics with Lev Manovich (2021-2022), The Aesthetics  and  Multimodality  of  Style  (with  M.  Siefkes,  2018) and Idee Virali (with P. Bottazzini, 2018). For a full publications list, see

EVA BACKHAUS studied Philosophy, Biology, Literature and Psychology at Goethe-University Frankfurt. Her dissertation (2022) investigates the relationship between perception and action with a focus on material and cultural entanglement (supervisors: Prof. Martin Seel and Prof. Alva Noë). Until recently she was part of a DFG-Project on imagination at the JLU-Gießen. Currently she works at the FU Berlin in the SFB »Intervenierende Künste«.

ALESSANDRA BECCARISI is associate professor of History of Medieval Philosophy and, since 2014, qualified as full grade Professor of History of Medieval Philosophy. She has had teaching assignments abroad, notably in Brazil, Argentina, Germany. She has been a board member of the Società Italiana per lo Studio della filosofia medieval (SISPM), the Société nternational de la philosophie médiévale (SIEPM), the Mediävistischen Arbeitskreis of Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, and the Associazione Italiana Alexander von Humboldt. Her scientific production consists of six volumes (among which a monograph on Meister Eckhart and an extensive essay on Meister Eckhart and Albertus Magnus) and forty articles.

ALESSANDRO BERTINETTO is professor of philosophy at the University of Turin. He was researcher in Aesthetics at the University of Udine and Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the FU Berlin; he has been visiting scholar at the universities of Madrid (Complutense and Autónoma), Murcia, Toulouse, Kanazawa, Luxembourg, FU Berlin, Valencia and Belo Horizonte. He was member of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Aesthetics (2012-2018) and is Coordinator of ART - Aesthetics Research Torino: Recent books Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Improvisation in the Arts (ed., with M. Ruta), Routledge 2021; Estetica dell’improvvisazione, il Mulino 2021 (eng. trans. Aesthetics of Improvisation: Fink/Brill, 2022).

GEORG W. BERTRAM, professor of philosophy (theoretical philosophy with specializations in aesthetics and philosophy of language) at Freie Universität Berlin (since 2007). Since 2021 speaker of the Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) "Normativity, Critique, Change", funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. 2002 until 2007 assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Hildesheim. 1997 doctoral dissertation in philosophy at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. 2004 habilitation in philosophy at the University of Hildesheim. 2004 research scholar at the department of philosophy, University of Pittsburgh (with John McDowell). Guest professorships in Vienna (2006), Torino (2015, 2021), Roma (Roma Tre, 2015) and Milano (IULM, 2017).

LAURA CANDIOTTO is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the Center for Ethics of the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic. She is also a Research Fellow of the Intercontinental Academia on “Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence” by UBIAS. She was Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Fellow at the Free University of Berlin in 2019-2021. Her research focuses on the epistemic role of emotions at the criss-cross of social epistemology and the ethics of knowing. Among her publications: The Value of Emotions for Knowledge (Palgrave 2019), “Epistemic Emotions and Co-Inquiry” (Topoi 2022); “Affective Scaffoldings as Habits” (with R. Dreon, Frontiers in Psychology, 2021).

GAETANO CHIURAZZI is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Torino (Italy). He studied and worked as research fellow in the Universities of Torino, Berlin, Heidelberg, Paris, Oxford, and Warsaw.

ROBERTA DREON teaches Aesthetics at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. She is an expert in Classical Pragmatism, especially John Dewey’s thought, and in contemporary aesthetics. Her last work, Human Landscapes. Contributions to a Pragmatist Anthropology (SUNY 2022), focuses on sensibility, habits, and the intertwining of experience and language in the human world. Among her previous works, Out of the Ivory Tower. John Dewey’s Inclusive Aesthetics, Today, appeared both in Italian (Marietti 2022) and in French (Questions Théoriques 2017).

JÖRG FINGERHUT is currently Deputy Professor of Philosophy of Mind at LMU Munich (2021-22). In his ongoing projects he explores theoretically and experimentally the impact art, cultural artifacts (pictures, film, architecture), and urban design have on the brain-body nexus and the mind. He is PI at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and scientific co-coordinator of the EU-H2020 Project ARTIS (Art and Research on Transformations of Individuals and Societies, 2020-25). He was a member of the „Functions of Consciousness“ research group at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences and Humanities and “Art & Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow“ at Columbia University, New York.

PAOLO FURIA currently works as a postdoc researcher at the Department of Humanities of the University of Turin (Italy). He has been working as postdoc at the University of Turin since November 2017 and co-organizes the Aesthetics Research Turin cycle of Seminars. He is a member of the Italian Society of Aesthetics, the Interuniversity Center of Morphology, the Centro Studi Luigi Pareyson and the Society for Ricoeur Studies. Paolo Furia participated in international conferences and seminars in Berlin, Paris, Palermo, Rome, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Leuven, Ljubljana and was a member of project teams in Paris (Ehess and Paris Nanterre).

VITTORIO GALLESE is Professor of Psychobiology at the University of Parma, Italy, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Dept. of Art History and Archeology, Columbia University, New York, USA, and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Philosophy of the School of Advanced Study of the University of London. Cognitive neuroscientist, his research focuses on the relation between the sensory-motor system and social cognition by investigating the neurobiological grounding of intersubjectivity, psychopathology, language and aesthetics. He is the author of more than 300 scientific publications and three books.

GIANLUCA GARELLI (Turin, 1969) is full professor for the History of Philosophy at Florence University. Beyond an Italian edition of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (2008), one can list among his recent books La questione della bellezza (2016); Sogni di spiriti immondi. Storia e critica della ragione onirica (2021), both published in Turin by Einaudi.

GIULIANO GASPARRI's research focuses primarily on the history of philosophy and other aspects of intellectual history in the early modern period. He has written mainly on Cartesianism, philosophical lexicography, book censorship, and most recently on the work of Pierre Gassendi. He is currently associate professor in history of philosophy at the University of Enna “Kore”.

LISA GIOMBINI is currently a Research Fellow in Aesthetics at Roma Tre University (Italy), and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire (UK). She is a member of many philosophical associations, including the Italian Society for Aesthetics (SIE), the European Society of Aesthetics (ESA), and the International Association for Aesthetics (IAA). She is also an editorial board member of several scientific journals such as Aesthetica Preprint, Espes, and Popular Inquiry, as well as of the book series ‘Transcultural Aesthetics’ (Brill). Besides a long-term interest in the philosophy of music, Lisa’s current research focuses on art conservation and the ethics of cultural heritage.

TONINO GRIFFERO is Full Professor of Aesthetics (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”). Recent books: Atmospheres. Aesthetics of Emotional Spaces, Routledge 2014; Quasi-Things. The Paradigm of Atmospheres, Suny 2017; Places, Affordances, Atmospheres. A Pathic Aesthetics, Routledge 2019; The Atmospheric “We”. Moods and Collective Feelings, Mimesis International 2021. Co-editor of Atmosphere/Atmospheres. Testing a New Paradigm (with G. Moretti), Mimesis International 2018; Psychopathology and Atmospheres. Neither Inside nor Outside (with G. Francesetti), Cambridge Scholar 2019 and Atmosphere and Aesthetics. A Plural Perspective (with M. Tedeschini), Palgrave Macmillan 2019.

ARTO HAAPALA received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and his M.A. in Aesthetics at the University of Helsinki. He has been Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Helsinki since 1995. His publications include What Is a Work of Literature? (1988), The End of Art and Beyond (ed. with Jerrold Levinson and Veikko Rantala, 1997), City as a Cultural Metaphor: Studies in Urban Aesthetics (ed. 1998); Interpretation and Its Boundaries (ed. with Ossi Naukkarinen, 1999), Aesthetic Experience and the Ethical Dimension: Essays on Moral Problems in Aesthetics (ed. with Oiva Kuisma, 2003), Paradokseja paratiiseissa: näkökulmia urbaanin luonnon kysymyksiin (Paradoxes in Paradises: Issues in Urban Nature, ed. with Mia Kunnaskari, 2008). Ympäristö, estetiikka ja hyvinvointi (Environment, Aesthetics, and Well-Being, ed. with Kalle Puolakka and Tarja Rannisto, 2015). In 2010 he founded a journal entitled Aesthetic Pathways together with Gerald Cipriani, and the journal was relaunched in 2014 under the title Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology (Routledge:

GIOIA LAURA IANNILLI is Senior Assistant Professor of Aesthetics and Adjunct Professor of Aesthetics respectively at the University of Bologna and at Politecnico di Milano. She is a member of the executive committee of the Italian Society of Aesthetics and the secretary of the Experience Research Society. She serves in the editorial boards of several scientific journals and book series. Her areas of research are Experience Design, Everyday, Environmental, and Pragmatist Aesthetics, problem-setting and problem solving processes. On these topics she has published essays, book chapters, entries, and monographs. Her latest book is The Aesthetics of Experience Design. A Philosophical Essay (2020). 

ELISA MAGRÌ is an assistant professor of philosophy at Boston College. Her research areas include Hegel's philosophy and contemporary phenomenology. She is the author of Hegel e la genesi del concetto. Autoriferimento, memoria, incarnazione (Verifiche, Trento 2017) and co-editor of several collections dedicated to Hegel and contemporary phenomenology as well as to the concepts of empathy and intersubjectivity in the phenomenological tradition.

GIOVANNI MATTEUCCI is Full Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Bologna. His main publications are the following volumes: Filosofia ed estetica del senso (Pisa 2005), Il sapere estetico come prassi antropologica (Pisa 2010), L'artificio estetico (Milano 2012), Il sensibile rimosso (Milano 2015), Philosophical Perspectives on Fashion (London 2016, ed. with Stefano Marino), Estetica della moda (Milano 2019), Estetica e natura umana (Roma 2019). He edited the Italian translation of classical works of contemporary aesthetics: Adorno, Ästhetische Theorie (Torino 2009, with Fabrizio Desideri), Dewey, Art as Experience (Palermo 2007), Langer, Problems of Art (Palermo 2013), Wollheim, Art and Its Objects (Milano 2013), Berleant, The Aesthetic Field (Milano-Udine 2021). His research concerns the structures of aisthesis with reference to sense and form and the problems of the aestheticization. He is Editor in Chief of “Studi di estetica”. 

FRANCESCA MONATERI (1994) is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. She is editor of “Almanacco di Filosofia Politica” and of “Itinera. Rivista di filosofia e teoria delle arti”. At the center of her studies are the relationships between aesthetics and politics. She has published contributions for various publishers and journals including Edinburgh University Press, De Gruyter and Springer, as well as “Filosofia politica”, “Studi di Estetica”, and the “Annuario filosofico”.

FRANCESCA PEROTTO has studied at Turin’s University and at the Scuola di Studi Superiori “Ferdinando Rossi”. She is currently a PhD student of the “Northwestern Italian Philosophy Consortium” (FINO). Her research project, on the edge between philosophy and art theory, concerns the aesthetics of the virtual. She is interested mainly in Gilles Deleuze and the aesthetics of immanence, Peter Sloterdijk and morphology, multi-species ecology.

GIACOMO PEZZANO is a postdoctoral researcher, Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences at the University of Turin. His current main research topics are the rise of the ontologies of the ICT, the problem of the visual expression of conceptual thought, and the debate on the different forms of realism (on which he is finishing a book). His latest books are Filosofia delle relazioni (2019, with Laura Candiotto), and Ereditare (2020).

LEONARDO PIETROPAOLO is a MA graduate in Philosophy at the University of Turin with a thesis about the concepts of authenticity and style in aesthetics. He is also interested in the concept of “death of art”, to which he dedicated his BA thesis. He is currently a student at CAMPO, the course for curatorial studies promoted by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

MARIAGRAZIA PORTERA is a Researcher in Aesthetics at the Department of Literatures and Philosophy, University of Florence (IT), after being a post-doctoral fellow in Germany, the UK, and Croatia. Her research interests lie in the History of modern and contemporary aesthetics, Evolutionary Biology, Charles Darwin’s aesthetics, and the Environmental Humanities. Among her latest publications, “La bellezza è un’abitudine. Come si sviluppa l’estetico” (Carocci 2020); the paper “Babies rule! Niches, scaffoldings and the development of an aesthetic capacity in humans” (BJA, 2020); the paper “Who’s afraid of epigenetics? Habits, instincts and Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory” (HPLS, 2021). 

FRANCESCA RAIMONDI is assistant professor for philosophy at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf. She works at the intersection of aesthetics, political philosophy and critical social theory with a special focus on ways of embodiment in modern societies and art. She recently published together with Martina Dobbe the volume Seriality and Repetition: revisited.

GREGORIO TENTI is a PhD student at the Northwestern Italian Philosophy Consortium. His research interests include romantic and idealistic aesthetics, environmental aesthetics and philosophy of nature. In 2020 he published Estetica e morfologia in Gilbert Simondon (Mimesis).

ITALO TESTA is Associate Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Parma. His research interests include German Classical Philosophy, Critical Theory, Pragmatism, Embodied Cognition, and Social Ontology. Among his books: La natura del riconoscimento (Mimesis, 2010), Hegel critico e scettico (Padova 2002). He has edited the collections I that is We, and We that is I (Brill, 2016) and Habits. Pragmatist Approaches from Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Social Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2020). He's chief editor of the poetry journal L'Ulisse, and of the lit-blog Among his books of poetry and literary essays: quattro (Oèdipus, 2021); Teoria delle rotonde (Valigie Rosse, 2020); L'indifferenza naturale (Marcos y Marcos, 2018); La divisione della gioia (Transeuropa, 2010).

ROBERT T. VALGENTI is currently Visiting Researcher in Applied Philosophy at the University of Turin. He was Professor of Philosophy at Lebanon Valley College from 2006-2020.  His research interests include the philosophy of food, contemporary Italian philosophy, hermeneutics, biopolitics, and aesthetics. Recent publications include studies on the geophilosophy of terroir (2022), artistic improvisation (2021), the philosophy of food (2019), the aesthetics of Luigi Pareyson (2018), the philosophy of Gianni Vattimo (2017), and the philosophy of comedy (2016). He is the translator of several books in Italian: Luigi Pareyson, Truth and Interpretation (2013); Gianni Vattimo, Of Reality (2017); Gaetano Chiurazzi The Experience of Truth (2017) and Dynamis: Ontology of the Incommensurable (2021); and Alessandro Bertinetto, Aesthetics of Improvisation (2022). He currently serves as a desk editor for the food studies journal Gastronomica

FEDERICO VERCELLONE is Full Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Turin. His latest publications are: Simboli della fine (il Mulino 2018), Glossary of Morphology (co-edited with S. Tedesco, Springer 2020), L’archetipo cieco (Rosenberg & Sellier 2021), Bilddenken und Morphologie (co-edited with L. Follesa, De Gruyter 2021) and L’età illegittima. Estetica e politica (Raffaello Cortina 2022, forthcoming). He is president and founder of the CIM (Centro Interuniversitario di Morfologia “Francesco Moiso”) and member of the Executive Committee of IAA (International Association for Aesthetics). His research interests include hermeneutics, philosophical morphology, image theory and the intertwinement of aesthetics and political theology.

LILJA WALLISER is a Research Associate at the Philosophy Department at Free University Berlin. Her dissertation focuses on Hegel's understanding of language and alienation. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Before her PhD, she studied Philosophy, Classics, and Romance Studies in Freiburg.

GIORGIO FIORINI: double bass
Double bassist and electric bassist, he made his debut as a musician in the 1990s. Specializing in jazz and blues and in free improvisation contexts, he plays in a variety of musical fields, from classical music to rock. He has collaborated with Giampaolo Casati, Maurizio Brunod, Massimo Barbiero, Loris Deval, Cris Collins, Emanuele Cisi, Gianni Denitto Diego Borotti, Slep, Sangoma Everet, Fabrizio Bosso, Furio Di Castri, Federico Sirianni, Luigi Tempera, Andrea Scagliarini, Slep and many others. He performs at numerous international festivals including Manuche International Jazz Festival, Jazz&Other in Bolzano, Open Jazz Festival in Pavone, Torino Jazz Festival, Euro Jazz Festival in Ivrea, Caserta Blues Festival, Cross Roads Blues, Torrita Blues... He holds a diploma in jazz double bass from the Turin Conservatory of Music.

A "transversal" and eclectic musician (guitarist and composer), he collaborates with many ensembles and soloists of different backgrounds moving from Latin music to jazz, from electronic music to avant-garde music and with a marked aptitude for guitar solo. His influences range from classical, to jazz, from ethnic to progressive rock. His discography now numbers 52 titles, 6 of them for guitar solo.
For years among the best guitarists in referendums such as Musica Jazz's "top jazz" and JazzIt's "jazz it Awards," he has numerous distinguished collaborations with jazz and Latin world musicians such as Enrico Rava, MIroslav Vitous, Ralph Towner and others. He is co-founder with Massimo Barbiero, of the historic ensemble Enten Eller (Brunod-Mandarini-Maier-Barbiero) one of the longest-lived ensembles in the European jazz scene: Thirty years of history and 13 albums made.

MASSIMO BARBIERO: drums & percussion
Born in Ivrea in 1963, he studied drums and percussion. He followed stages with international musicians; continued his studies with vibraphone and marimba materializing previous interests in classical and contemporary music. He founded projects such as Enten Eller, Odwalla and many projects in different formations up to solo performance with which he recorded several CDs. He plays and records with the quartet Dac'Corda, with Carlo Actis Dato, Don Moye, Elton Dean, Harry Beckett, Hamid Drake, Mino Cinelu, Tim Berne, Markus Stockhausen, Alexander Balanescu, Maria Pia De Vito, Billy Cobham, Antonello Salis, Giancarlo Schiaffini, C. Cojaniz, Javier Girotto, Baba Sissoko etc. He has recorded over 60 CDs and DVDs and 6 books have been published about him. He has participated in the most important national and European festivals.

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