Sacred Traditions and the Arts Seminar Series

Susanne Langer: On Signs, Symbols and Embodied Meaning

Speaker: Dr Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin - King’s College London and Margaret Beaufort Institute, Cambridge

Susanne Langer was an American philosopher whose innovative thought crossed the customary boundaries between analytic and continental philosophy, and who placed aesthetics not at the margins of philosophy but at its very centre.

Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin will discuss with Ben Quash some of Langer’s key influences and aims, revealing her to be one of the most insightful and fertile but also most neglected philosophers of the twentieth century.

Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and a Research Associate at the Margaret Beaufort Institute in Cambridge. She works on the interface of philosophical and theological aesthetics and has taught and published widely in those areas. She has a special interest in public and socially engaged art and is the founding curator of the travelling exhibition Art, Conflict and Remembering: the murals of the Bogside Artists which has been hosted by several British cathedrals and universities, as well as organisations promoting social justice. Her book The Philosophy of Susanne Langer: Embodied Meaning in Logic, Art and Feeling was published by Bloomsbury in 2020.

About the seminar series

The seminar on Sacred Traditions and the Arts is a joint venture between the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s and The Courtauld. It seeks to place researchers in dialogue who are working on any aspect of the sacred and visual culture. It is open to all scholars and students who have an interest in exploring the intersections of religion and art regardless of period, geography or tradition.

Organised by Dr Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld) and Professor Ben Quash (King’s College London).

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22 Mar 2022

Tuesday 22nd March 2022, 5.30pm - 7.00pm GMT, followed by refreshments

Free, booking essential

Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King’s Building, Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS


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