Towards a Practical Aesthetics

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
380MTPA credit 1 5 hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 21 to 26 hours of self-study English summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students are introduced to the approaches and methods of writing in the border of academic and arts research.

Mode of study

Lecture + discussion with foreign professionals.

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Course contents

Scholars working in such diverse areas as media studies, identity theory, democratic theory etc have begun to put the aesthetic dimension of their objects of study at the center of their work, even if they do not necessarily consider their scholarship to belong to the field of aesthetics proper. But that begs the question: what happens, if scholars take the practice of the artwork not as their object of analysis, but as their own modus operandi? Not thinking about art according to external (mostly rational, propositional) categories that more often than not follow the logic of the ‘written word,’ but thinking with art, thinking with images, thinking with sound, etc. … and how can that be effected?

Recommended or required reading

Bernd Herzogenrath, Media|Matter (Bloomsbury 2015)

Bernd Herzogenrath, Sonic Thinking (Bloomsbury 2017),

Bernd Herzogenrath, Film as Philosophy (University of Minnesota Press 2017)

Assessment methods and criteria

The requirement for the award of credit is lecture attendance and submission of a critical review in the Czech language (min. 1 standard pae)by 24.5.2109 to


Bernd Herzogenrath is Professor of American Studies at Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main. Germany. His latest publications include the edited collections media|matter (bloomsbury 2015), sonic thinking (bloomsbury 2017), film as philosophy (university of minnesota press 2017), and the films of bill morrison (amsterdam university press 2017)

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