towards a common heritage
12 > 16 DEZEMBRO 2022 I GRANDE AUDITÓRIO FACULDADE BELAS-ARTES
The Third CIPSH International Academy on Chinese Cultures and Global Humanities Seminar
Towards a Common Heritage: How artistic images shaped the global understanding of the world in the seabords of Eurasia since the 1650s
Organized by the Apheleia International Association in partnership with the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar
The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) organizes annualy an International Academy on Chinese and Asian cultures and Global Humanities (IACAGH), with the generous support of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF). The IACAGH programmes symposia focusing on specific themes to promote dialogue between participating academic communities.
We call for the participation of reputed scholars and promising postgraduate students to foster future research. The seminar is organized by the International Association for Humanities and Cultural Integrated Landscape Management (APHELEIA), in partnership with the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon (FBA-UL) and the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (IPT).
In continuum with the the 2020 and 2021 editions, devoted to a series of high-level seminars focusing on “Global Ethics”, the 2022 seminar Towards a Common Heritage, emphasises on How artistic images shaped the global understanding of the world in the seabords of Eurasia since the 1650s. Lisbon, a western European seabord capital city, welcomes this event between 12 and 16 December, 2022 in a double-format of Conferences and Study Visits, leading to the publication of the Conference proceedings by the CIPSH in 2023. For this seminar, the IACAGH considers artistic and a range of related intellectual expressions from the mid-seventeenth century to the present.
In his seminal essay On the Concept of History (1942), Walter Benjamin argued that the understanding of the world is primarily structured through images, which encapsulate a dimension for redemption that is conveyed by time, or the past. This seminar builds on his approach and looks at processes that gained momentum since the dawn of Modern Age to the present, in order to evaluate the global acceleration of material culture and the arts. Simultaneous with increasingly global exchange routes, contradictory cultural processes were equally triggered, especially those pertaining to the rise and identity of modern nations. Yet, common ground was equally founded, gradually leading to the construction of world images signifying its interconnected system and, as argued by Shmuel Trigano in “The Paradigm of the Human in Humanity”, in Diogenes (2002), of Humanity as a unity of meaning free from ethnocentric divisions. Most often departing from different cultural perspectives, both in Europe and in China, images denoted the interplay between landscapes and humans, possibly leading towards a growingly convergent understanding of those interplays.
The Seminar Towards a Common Heritage asks how artistic images impacted social dynamics, the contruction of world images—past, present and future—and how art shaped historical perceptions of space and landscape since the 1650s.