About this Event
You might already be familiar with our retreats that follow the Welsh tradition in celebrating debate and competitive poetry. Up until now, they have always been nearly week-long in person residential events taking place in exquisite environments. This time, whilst taking advantage of the current unique opportunities and constraints of the pandemic, we are going virtual. If you have always wanted to attend an off-site retreat, but the cost of the travel was too much for you, this is your chance!
Rather than just doing the same thing but simply online, we will be pushing the boundaries and be experimenting with new formats and methods to create a retreat that is a both a participative festival of ideas from our high-calibre faculty coupled with a wide and diverse network of participants from around the world.
Theme: Aesthetics & Semiotics
The centrality of aesthetics to human ingenuity and inventiveness, from our embodied existence in the world to our construction of mea\ning, is the subject of this online retreat. We will explore abstraction and metaphor, imagination and empathy, and the connection between aesthetics, ethics, and responsibility. In an increasingly interconnected world whose complexity has been brutally highlighted by the pandemic and platitudes about company values are combined with real and urgent appeals to right injustices, we should increasingly look at the connection between aesthetics and justice. This will include justice in the production, understanding, and appreciation of knowledge as well as whose voices get heard. We are joined by a fascinating faculty combining practice, theory, organisational applications and lived experience.