There has never been as much art as today, and never before were aesthetic practices as ubiquitous as in contemporary societies. On the other hand, there has probably never been as much theoretical uncertainty with regard to the very concept of the aesthetic itself, and its relation to other domains such as science, morality, law, politics and economics. The seminar will map the current field lines in this contested space, spanning from the philosophy of contemporary art, theories of embodiment, virtuality, imagination and media aesthetics all through the relationship of aesthetics and politics. The seminar addresses advanced students and includes the possibility of presenting current research projects (master and PhD theses). The seminar will be trilingual, giving each participant the option as to which language they prefer expressing themselves actively.