The Research Unit was born out of the aim to create an interdisciplinary platform capable of making historical-critical research, dissemination of knowledge at the local level and wide-ranging collaborations with national and international institutions interact.
The interdisciplinary profile of the Research Unit is marked by the involvement of several different disciplines within the Department:
The general aim of the Unit is the elaboration and verification of a plausible and unifying heuristic theory (the new paradigm of the "aesthetic mind" and its relationship with human theatricality) able to embrace the vast horizon of contemporary artistic languages and to explain their emergencies, cultural genealogies and anthropological implications.
In close connection with the in-progress character of this general theoretical framework are also the researches aimed at exploring the multiple scenarios of the contemporary: the aesthetic practices of everyday life, the processes of aestheticization, the symbolic-expressive dynamics and the anthropological meaning of images, the rethinking of the concept of mimesis through an accurate reflection on the concepts of intermediality, interactivity and performativity.
The operational goals of the Unit are:
The disciplinary sectors of the Department involved are:
Scientific coordinator: Fabrizio Desideri
Research unit members:
PhD students and grant holders of the Department:
External staff members:
Ongoing research program:
The Open Access magazine "Aisthesis. Practices, languages and knowledge of aesthetics" is available on the Firenze University Press’ website (website)