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From the President
Springtime in Beijing was, this year, too short. Short and very busy. Some of our good friends visited here, including Ken-ichi Sasaki, Curtis, Carter and Ales Erjavec, and I was very happy to meet them. I will enjoy seeing all of you in between the regular meetings of our Congresses.
By Parul Dave Mukherji, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Interest in Indian aesthetics has revived in recent times since its resurgence in the middle of 20th century. During mid 1950s, a space for dialogue between Indian and western aesthetics had opened at a time when the newly independent nations like India were expected to turn to their past to reinterpret it from an unshackled standpoint. It is to be noted that in 1965, a special issue of the Journal of Art and Art Criticism was devoted to Oriental aesthetics with contributions from leading Indian thinkers and scholars of the time ranging from K C Pandey, P J Chowdhury and Ramendra Kumar. Participating in this debate were Archie Bahm, Eliot Deutsche and Thomas Munro whose investment in this cross cultural study of aesthetics was remarkable. The euphoria for exploring new avenues and alternative models to Eurocentric understanding of aesthetics was short-lived and in more than a decade and a half, it was displaced by scholarly indifference.
Most of the papers published in this special number on everyday aesthetics
were presented at the VIII International Summer School of Applied Aesthetics in
June 2008 in Finland. This series of summer schools and summer conferences is
organized by the International Institute of Applied Aesthetics (IIAA), based in
Lahti, Finland. We as the editors of this number are grateful to the IIAA for
giving us the opportunity to put this issue together. We thank all those who
contributed in their many different ways to making the summer school a
Published by Airiti Press.