Estetik och kulturvetenskap

Fredagen den 16 maj kl. 13–16 hemsöks Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper vid Göteborgs universitet av Ernst Cassirer-sällskapet:

Cassirer’s postwar afterlife #3

Sal Vasa 1, Campus Vasa

The academic study of culture has long been divided between, on the one hand, a predominantly historical perspective grounded in the tradition of philosophical aesthetics and, on the other, a more sociological approach inspired by, for instance, Birmingham-style cultural studies – with the most productive work arguably being done along the irregular borderline that separates the two paradigms. Hence the continued relevance, despite appearances, of the German-Jewish philosopher of culture Ernst Cassirer (1874–1945). To bring out the topicality of his long-neglected works, Marion Lauschke and Ingmar Meland will give a joint seminar on Cassirer’s conception of aesthetics as well as his concept of Kulturwissenschaften.

Marion Lauschke is a philosopher specializing in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Her doctoral dissertation, Ästhetik im Zeichen des Menschen (2007), is a study of the aesthetic background to Cassirer’s philosophy of symbolic forms. She is affiliated with the Picture Act and Embodiment research collegium (, a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Art and Visual History at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Ingmar Meland is a philosopher with a broad interest in the philosophy of culture. Having taught ”tverrfaglige kulturstudier” at Telemark University College for many years, he has recently taken up a position at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). He earned his doctoral degree in 2011 with the dissertation Meaning, reason, and freedom. An inquiry into the philosophical motives for the rehabilitation of Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy and has pursued his research on Cassirer further as a visiting scholar in Göteborg during the academic year 2013–14.