Evaluating Methods of Aesthetic Enquiry across Disciplines

International Leverhulme Network, 2015-2018

The network’s partner institutions were the University of Manchester, the University of Glasgow, the University of Oxford, the University of ViennaConcordia UniversityUniversité Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Copenhagen.

The Network evaluated contrasting methods of aesthetic enquiry across disciplines. Using case studies, scholars with different views on the ‘aesthetic’ and diverse and complementary sets of expertise, we sought to identify nodes of congruence/conflict in aesthetic enquiry across disciplines in Humanities, Social Sciences and Cognitive Sciences. Through assessing disciplinary strengths and weaknesses and delineating intersecting research questions and fields of enquiry, we generated new dialogues and proposed productive strategies for transdisciplinary enquiry. Moreover, aesthetics has been framed in Western contexts and we aimed to work across cultural as well as disciplinary boundaries.

The Network was structured as a series of six workshops across three years, creating opportunities for the members to come together and discuss methodology in intensive workshop settings. 

Short reports on all the workshops are featured on our website, as well as profiles for Network partners and participants. Some examples of our dialogues and explorations have been published in a special issue of The Senses and Society 13:3, 2018 (see Bibliography). 

For more information about the Network and our methods please contact Dee Reynolds,

Dee.Reynolds@manchester.ac.uk.

Lead Partner: Prof Dee Reynolds

Network Facilitator: Dr Hannah Allan