Department of Social and Economic Sciences Research Unit, Sapienza Università di Roma 
Research Unit Director: Letteria G. Fassari
Aesthetics in the social
The field of studies proposed by Aesthetics and social Research Unit embraces a specific sociological tradition started by George Simmel and Walter Benjamin. Several scholars have taken into consideration the relationship that binds the sociological and aesthetic spheres as a scientific approach conveying to original and deep results: Simmel, Critical Theory, Foucault, Derrida, Blumenberg, Bourdieu and Sloterdijk, and Lash among contemporaries, have discerned not just a simple analogy between the social and the aesthetic worlds, but they have also highlighted their reciprocal and interactive learning contingencies. Aesthetics holds a significant and profound heuristic power: it allows us to understand what kind of world our contribution has set up, how we dwell in it, and how we could transform it. According to Lash, the forms of communication, including not simply the cultural structures, but also the images, the symbols, the sounds, namely the aesthetic and the hermeneutic marks, are the centre of the analysis.
The Research Unit proposes a critical approach and focuses on:
  • how does the aesthetic experience cross society?
  • if it owns a transformative dimension and which is this dimension
  • its outcomes in relation with the institutional and non-institutional learnings in order to understand and to interpret the contemporary society 
  • its relationship with the ethic dimension 

The core of this study is the investigation of the intuition’s learning role, the eidetic intuition, the imagination, the symbolic forms and anything concerning the ‘non conceptual’ not just as an initial learning moment, but as an action in the world. Thanks to a sociological analysis of contemporary artistic production, the Research Unit’s objective is to discover the critical spaces by which the social action imagines those cultural modification able to comprehend, to design, to transform the collective and the individual desire. The theoretical and methodological approach that delineates this proposal is strongly multidisciplinary.

The Research Unit Programme includes researches, talks, seminaries, exhibitions, laboratories, reading rooms. The training and experimental activities are conceived with the support of an international network of schools, academies, universities, research centres. 

In 2018, the Research Unit has started a collaboration with Nomas Foundation, a non for profit based in Rome that promotes research and experimentation within contemporary art practices. The Research Unit and Nomas Foundation have proposed a learning and research laboratory on the learning dimension of contemporary art. Letteria G. Fassari (Sapienza) and Raffaella Frascarelli (Scientific Director Nomas Foundation) are the Scientific Directors of the laboratory.

Scientific partneship:
  • Raffaella Frascarelli (Nomas Foundation)
  • Ignazio Ardizzone (Neuropsichiatra Infantile/Sapienza, Università di Roma)
  • Vicky Quondamatteo (psicoterapeuta e presidente AINA)
  • Roberto Serpieri (Dipartimento di Scienze sociali, Federico II di Napoli)
  • Sreshta Rit Premnath (The New School/Parsons, NYC)
  • Martina Löw (Technische Universität Berlin/ Research centre “Re-Figuration of Spaces” (SFB 1265)
  • Gioia Pompili (PhD Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali ed economiche)
  • Celeste Papuli (PhD Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali ed economiche)
  • Emanuela Muzì Spanò (PhD Dipartimento di Scienze sociali, Federico II di Napoli), Atelier di ricerca sull’immaginario
  • Alessia Melcangi (Assegnista di Ricerca, PhD Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali ed economiche)
  • Michele Trimarchi (Università di Catanzaro “Magna Graecia” e Università di Bologna “Alma Mater”)
  • Laura Guido (Arpa Roma)
  • Giandomenico Cortellesi (AIPA, IAAP)
  • Vincenzo G. (Arpa Roma)
  • Benedetta Silj (Philo Milano)
  • Massimo Blandini (Norient Festival, Catania)
  • ZO (Centro per le arti e le culture contemporanee, Catania)

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