Residency Lecture: Gioia Iannilli, “John Dewey’s Theory of Perception as an Aesthetics of Familiarity”

Please join us at Scratch Brewing Company on Friday July 15, 5:30-7:30pm for a special lecture, in person only, by Dr. Gioia Laura Iannilli. Dr. Iannilli is Senior Assistant Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Bologna. This summer she is visiting the Special Collections Research Center as recipient of the Alwin C. Carus Research Grant, as well as a fellow in residence at the American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought. Her lecture is titled “John Dewey’s Theory of Perception as an Aesthetics of Familiarity.” It is open to the public. Please feel free to bring guests and share with others. Lecture abstract below.

My contribution focuses on reconstructing John Dewey’s theory of perception using writings from the first three decades of the 20th century, before the publication of Art as Experience. Correlating his published writings from this period together with new findings from select manuscripts and lecture notes available at the Special Collections Research Center, I present Dewey’s underlying theory of perception understood in terms of an aesthetics of familiarity.

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