Aesthetic Education and Poetic Imagination: key tools for social and ecological change

Dr. Wolfgang Zumdick

Monday 21 February    4 – 7.30 pm  (Oxford Brookes Univ. Buckley Bdg, Room BG01)

As part of the series: AGENTS OF CHANGE: Ecological Citizenship and The Art of Changing One’s Mind(set). Interdisciplinary Symposia – Seminars – Dialogue Processes, Oxford (UK), 2011

Since Friedrich Schiller wrote his ‘Letters on the Aesthetic Education of the Human Being” there has been an increasing interest in education that regards the aesthetic dimension as central. This talk will highlight the urgency and importance of aesthetic and poetic education for humanness and social and ecological change.

BIO Wolfgang Zumdick is a philosopher and curator, also involved in communications work for the Green Party. He has authored five monographs and other publications on the history of philosophy and on contemporary art and philosophy.

Wolfgang is currently involved in a project with the Art of Survival / Survival Art initiative in Berlin, linked to the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. He is a Research Associate in the Social Sculpture Research Unit and has collaborated with Shelley Sacks on several international social sculpture programmes and projects. He is currently supervising Masters and Doctoral students at Brookes in the field of social sculpture.

By Sacha Kagan

Research Associate at the ISCO - Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization (ISKO - Institut für Soziologie und Kulturorganisation), Leuphana University Lueneburg, Sacha Kagan founded the International level of Cultura21, Network for Cultures of Sustainability, as well as the International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation (ASSiST). The focus of his research and cultural work lies in the trans-disciplinary field of arts and (un-)sustainability. Doctor in Philosophy (Leuphana University Lueneburg) with a thesis on the subject of culture, the arts and sustainability under the perspective of complexity ; M.A. in Cultural Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam) ; and Graduate of Sciences Po Bordeaux (political sciences). For Cultura21, Sacha is also coordinating the eBooks series, the regular updates on our multi-lingual website, the English section of our webmagazine and the work of our Lueneburg-based interns.