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Aesthetics in Dialogue

Applying Philosophy of Art in a Global World

Edited By Zoltan Somhegyi and Max Ryynänen

The impact of aesthetics is increasing again. For today’s scholars, aesthetic theories are a significant companion and contribution in studying and ana-lysing cultural phenomena and production. Today’s scene of aesthetics is more global than what it is in most disciplines, as it does not just include scholars from all over the world, but also keeps on applying philosophical traditions globally
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Izmer Bin Ahmad (1968) teaches studio art at the College of Fine Arts & Design, University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Trained as a practicing artist as well as an academic researcher his professional experience moves fluidly between studio practice and scholarly writing. As an artist, Ahmad’s work focuses mainly on contemporary drawing and painting, which has been featured in various international exhibitions, particularly in Malaysia and Canada where he previously lived and taught. His academic research and publication have been converging primarily on the subjects of the body and modern Malaysian art, especially in examining the manifestation of somatic nationalism in Malaysian artistic and cultural production. His recent project analysed at the body politics that underscores the painterly gestures of Malaysian abstract expressionism and its ethno-religious and nationalist imagination. Further elaborating on abstract expressionism’s discourse on mark-making, Ahmad’s current research endeavours revolves around the processes and materiality of studio practice, or practice-led methodology and embodied thinking. As such, he strives to establish a meaningful dialogue between his own diverse professional life as an artist and professor in studio art who is also a reader and researcher on ideas and philosophies of art.

S. Bhuvaneshwari (1976) is an independent scholar based in Chennai and Kerala (India). She holds a PhD (2010) in Indian Philosophy, Department of Sanskrit, University of Madras. She held a Post-Doctoral research position (2016–2017) at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Madras and has lectured in numerous institutes in India. She...

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