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Iris Laner, Univ.Prof. Dr.

Univ. Prof. for Subject Didactics / UF Artistic Education

  • Alpenstraße 75 (Room: LEG001)
  • 5020 Salzburg

Iris Laner has been a professor for Fine Arts and Art Education at the Mozarteum University Salzburg since 2019. Since 2017 she has been researching within the framework of her research project “Aesthetic Practice and the Critical Faculty. Examining the Educational Conditions of Aesthetic Experience”on the ability to criticize in the context of aesthetic experience. In addition to the possibilities of non-linguistic expression of criticism in the context of physical and visual statements, in her current work she is primarily interested in the dimensions of aesthetic judgment and in collective practices of dealing with artifacts from art and culture. After her doctorate, which traced the temporal dimensions of the image in the writings of Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jacques Derrida and was completed in philosophy at the University of Basel in 2012, she researched and taught at the University of St. Gallen, the KU Leuven and the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. She wrote her dissertation as a colleague in the graduate college "Image and Time" of the NCCR Bildkritik eikones. Through her studies of philosophy and the fine arts on the one hand and teacher training in the subjects of fine arts education and philosophy and psychology on the other hand, she has a great interest in both philosophical and practical aspects of aesthetics. The volume “Aesthetic Education for Introduction”, published by Junius Verlag in 2018, testifies to their endeavor to force the dialogue between philosophical aesthetics and art education in line with this twofold interest. Her art pedagogical research includes theory building and conceptual work as well as qualitative studies and didactic reflection. The essay “Seeing in Community: About Knowledge and Insights in the Course of Communal Aesthetic Experience”, published in 2021 in the context of the Art Education Positions, documents their current interest in the role of the community in aesthetic and art education discourse. Iris Laner is co-editor of the book series "Experience-Oriented Educational Research" (Beltz Juventa) and "Throws: Transdisciplinary Texts on Art and Education" (LIT Verlag). Her work focuses on art-pedagogical theory formation, aesthetic, educational-theoretical and image-scientific research and didactic reflection.