Thanima 02 From Conditioning to Awakening: An Intl Conf on Re-imagining Aesthetic Unfolding (Jan 2017, Calicut India)

Dates: 19-21 January 2017 Location: Calicut, Kerala, India Website: Thanima Deadline for submission of abstracts: EXTENDED to 31 October...

Dates: 19-21 January 2017
Location: Calicut, Kerala, India
Website: Thanima
Deadline for submission of abstracts: EXTENDED to 31 October 2016

The Architecture Department of N I T Calicut, I I A Calicut centre and E K F  Pune- are jointly organizing a conference  in order to explore to find a way out of the homogenizing impact of design education rooted in western aesthetic sensibility and the impact of globalization. The conference is being held with a spirit of enquiry or even to create an environment for people who are concerned to come together to research various aspects related to aesthetic sense - its roots, formative process, connection with cognition, connection with culture and also how it gets distorted and destroyed.

Objective of the Conference

The Objective of the Conference is to explore various aspects of aesthetics- its formation, conditioning, politics, connection with culture and ways of teaching design.  Whether to teach or not teach? This is also an open invitation for collaborative research in allied areas as well.

The theme

The visual experience of modern spaces all over the world is beginning to look alike. In this regard, architecture and artifacts are no exceptions! Until last century we have had diverse cultures with distinct ways of life and fitting aesthetic sensibilities. The homogenization of human cultures is one of the biggest challenges of modernity to be addressed by both academia and practice. The real issue is to understand how aesthetic sensibilities as manifested by the things they make and the spaces they employ are inextricably linked to the cultural context. It is the innate need of the system for its aesthetics to respond to cultural needs and nurture cultural diversity of local contexts. Modernity as embraced in most contexts (let it be art, architecture or theater) bluntly deny this.

In the present era, education conditions and homogenizes the sensibility of people through the way it imparts lessons in art, architecture, design etc. (to begin with). In the process, we are neglecting vibrant contextual elements and thereby constructing a generic world lacking humane facets of design. So if aesthetic awareness through education is reinvented as awakening the senses through creating situations to connect to the natural context of the learner, authentic diverse cultures can stage a comeback. Through this approach, the organizers sincerely hope that if not in full, at least a part of our lost sensibilities can be regained. Conference is poised to be a form to do this on a continuous basis from time to time.

1. How did traditional cultures retain their aesthetic rootedness
2. The link between rootedness and diversity versus rootlessness and homogenization
3. Why is that the modern spaces/ artifacts looking alike?
4. What is the process by which aesthetic education can be rethought of?
5. Is it rooted in the being? Is it rooted in the material? Is it rooted in the context of where we live? Or is all of this together influencing the formation of aesthetic sense? What role can educational institutions play in this?
6. Aesthetics as ethical response, aesthetics as cognitive act
7. What is the ambiance to foster originality and authenticity among students of design and architecture
8.  Evolving self assessment
9. Enabling a culture of enquiry and research in institutions- how do we re imagine the ambiance of the space, the attitude of the teacher and the assessment of the student
10. Re-imagining design pedagogy to address aesthetic rootedness

Please visit the website for more details and important deadlines. Kindly send in your abstract in relevant areas for making it a meaningful process. Also please post this information on other connected forums as well. Your valuable inputs on any allied areas may be sent to



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The Trouble with Normal...: Thanima 02 From Conditioning to Awakening: An Intl Conf on Re-imagining Aesthetic Unfolding (Jan 2017, Calicut India)
Thanima 02 From Conditioning to Awakening: An Intl Conf on Re-imagining Aesthetic Unfolding (Jan 2017, Calicut India)
The Trouble with Normal...
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