Milán, 17 y 18 de mayo de 2018. Este congreso internacional se propone analizar especialmente las aportaciones contemporáneas que han reformulado esta categoría estética. Evío de propuestas hasta el 31 de disiembre de 2017.


International Conference
May 17-18, 2018 — University of Milan
Aesthetics Unlimited Research Network — Séminaire d’Esthétique Européen

Revisiting the Sublime

In the past few years, the international academic community has developed a renewed interest in the sublime. More than for any other aesthetic category, the relation between its modern and postmodern meanings has been emphasized. Emily Brady (1) and Baldine Saint-Girons (2) are the honourable keynote speakers for this research symposium which aims at investigating the most recent interpretations on the sublime.

We especially welcome contributions offering a new interpretation of the sublime from the eighteenth-century aesthetics, or advancing an approach to the theories of Freud (the uncanny) or to the postmodern thought of Lyotard (Anima Minima). We also welcome proposals offering a theoretical and conceptual approach of the sublime and its relationship with negative sentiments (such as horror and disgust), environment or technology, and phenomena of aestheticization that characterize, not only politics (Benjamin), but every sphere of society (daily life, design, urbanism, etc.) in late modernity. Finally, we will consider proposals focusing on the relationship between the sublime and the arts, including the theatre. Indeed, the sublime conceptualises an experience of release and loss which captures the subject who experiences it, as reflected in much contemporary art and theatre, when artistic creation interrogates the spectator’s place and questions mimesis. These performances, whereby, as underlined by Carole Talon-Hugon, transgression and expression of the self prevail over “the organization of the sensible according to mimesis’ rules” can be enlightened by the concept of sublime.

(1) Emily Brady is Professor of Environment and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh,
Scotland. Her research interests span aesthetics and philosophy of art, environmental
ethics, eighteenth-century philosophy, environmental humanities, and animal studies. Her
most recent book is The Sublime in Modern Philosophy: Aesthetics, Ethics, and
Nature, Cambridge UP, 2013.
(2) Baldine Saint Girons is Professor emerita of Philosophy of seventeenth and eighteenth
centuries at the University Paris X-Nanterre. Her research concentrates on aesthetics and the
philosophy of the sublime, with particular attention to Giambattista Vico and Edmund Burke.
Her Fiat lux : une philosophie du sublime (Quai Voltaire, Paris, 1993) constitutes a work
reference within research into the sublime. She is a member of the Institut universitaire de

Submission Guidelines/
Paper proposals should include a 300-word abstract, a list of key-words (5 max.) and a short biography (50 words max.)

Abstracts can be submitted in English or French and should be sent in pdf format to Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis ( and Anne Elisabeth Sejten (

The deadline for submissions is December 31.

Presentations (in English or French) are scheduled for 20 minutes.
Accommodation and transportation costs are at the expense of the participants. The research network Aesthetics Unlimited, sponsored by the Danish Council for Independent Research, may however offer a limited number of grants. Please apply, if needed.

Academic committee/
Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis, University of Milan
Carole Talon-Hugon, University of Nice
Danielle Lories, University of Louvain
Salvador Rubio Marco, University of Murcia
Anne Elisabeth Sejten, University of Roskilde
Maria Filomena Molder, University of Lisbon

Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis