Saito at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Yuriko Saito was recently invited to the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, to be an “opponent” at the public defense of a Ph. D. dissertation where she engaged the student in a 2-hour discussion. The student’s dissertation was on “Aesthetic Engagement in Museum Exhibitions” and the dissertation defense in Finland is a very formal, public event. Saito’s role as “opponent” was to comment on the dissertation as well as engaging in further exploration with the student.
While there, she also held a mini-seminar on her recent work on social aesthetics. Social aesthetics explores the aesthetic dimensions of our social interactions that can express attitudes such as respect, care, and consideration for others (or lack thereof) through handling of objects and bodily movements.