Everyday aesthetics and world-making

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Lingnan University

Event Title

Vincent Woo Distinguished Visiting Scholars Programme

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Public Lecture




5:00 p.m. -- 6:30 p.m.


MBG06, Lam Woo Lecture Theatre, Patrick Lee Wan Keung Academic Building, Lingnan University


Prof Yuriko Saito, Vincent Woo Distinguished Visiting Scholar 2012-13 at Lingnan University, delivered a public lecture on “Everyday Aesthetics and World-Making” on 26 March.

At the lecture, Prof Saito illustrated how our seemingly innocuous and trivial everyday aesthetic considerations have serious consequences, determining the quality of life and state of the world, for better or worse. The power of the aesthetic calls for the need to cultivate aesthetic literacy, and can be harnessed for the building of a better quality of life, civil society and a sustainable future.

Prof Saito is a Professor of Philosophy in the Division of Liberal Arts of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the US. Born and raised in Japan, Prof Saito completed her doctorate in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the US, where she received the Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award. She is also a recipient of the RISD Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching. Prof Saito’s specialised field in philosophy is aesthetics, with an emphasis on everyday aesthetics, environmental aesthetics, and Japanese aesthetics. Her book Everyday Aesthetics was published by Oxford University Press (hardback 2008, paperback 2010) and she is now writing a sequel entitled Everyday Aesthetics and World-Making.



齊藤教授是美國羅德島設計學院博雅教育部哲學教授,於日本出生和成長,其後在美國威斯康辛大學麥迪遜分校完成其哲學博士學位,並獲該校頒發研究生優異教學獎。她亦是美國羅德島設計學院Frazier優異教學獎的得主之一。齋藤教授在哲學方面的主要研究領域為美學,包括日常美學、環境美學和日本美學。她的著作Everyday Aesthetics由牛津大學出版社出版(2008年精裝本,2010年平裝本),現正積極撰寫續著Everyday Aesthetics and World-Making



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Yuriko Saito, born and raised in Japan, received her BA in philosophy from International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan) and Ph. D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1981, where she received the Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999. Her research area is aesthetics with a focus on everyday aesthetics, environmental aesthetics, and Japanese aesthetics. She teaches these subjects regularly, as well as introductory courses in philosophy. Her work and what she gained from teaching at RISD resulted in Everyday Aesthetics, recently (2008) published from Oxford University Press.

Vincent Woo Distinguished Visiting Scholar Programme 2012-13, Lingnan University

The public lecture was part of the “Vincent Woo Distinguished Visiting Scholar Programme” established in 1999 with the generous endowment given by Dr Vincent Woo Wing-fai. The Programme provides funding for the University to invite an internationally renowned scholar to stay on campus for a week each year to give a public lecture, hold seminars with staff and students, and give advice to various academic departments.


Recommended Citation

Saito, Y. (2013, March 26). Everyday aesthetics and world-making [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/6