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.