FORGOTTEN EVERYDAYS
Expanding Everyday Aesthetics
“When we go out in the morning to collect trash…” “When we fly with our private
jets…” “At 6 AM, when all of us prisoners wake up…”

None of the aforementioned examples do sound like typical examples for the
Everyday Aesthetics discourse. Looking critically at examples mentioned in articles
on everyday aesthetics, one easily gets the feeling, that they touch mostly upon the
aesthetics of the lives of the Western middle class. There are, of course, differing
approaches too. Some touch upon issues like junkyards and roadside clutter (Leddy),
and, of course, a lot in the discussion is just about theoretical frameworks, e.g. about
seeing the everyday as a set of objects (Saito) or patterns that we are routinized to do
and experience (Haapala).

This special issue of Popular Inquiry would like to explore perspectives in Everyday
Aesthetics from this point of view: what is lacking in the discussion?

Everyone has an everyday life and every body has an everyday aesthetics. What does
the aesthetics of the everyday look like in rural areas in Sahel and Central Asia, in an
Inuit village in the Artic, in the slum in the outskirts of Delhi or Lagos or on a farm
in Ukraine ? What about refugee camps , prisons and hospitals ? And what is the
everyday for someone living in the streets, or for the mentally ill who does not share
experiences with fellow individuals?
In what way does aesthetics and particularly Everyday Aesthetics make sense and
offer theoretical concepts for characterising, analysing, understanding, and improving
different forms of the everyday, that we haven’t thought of yet?

We ask for reflections on the aesthetics of the everyday, in particular, but not
exclusively, in relation to the Everyday Aesthetics debate, to discuss the critical
potentials of the discussion this includes the possibility to claim that there is no such thing. The editors of this special issue would like to challenge the Western middlee the Western middleclass approaches. We encourage authors to dive into history, unseen lifestyles, forced We encourage authors to dive into history, unseen lifestyles, forced lifestyles (prisons, hospitals) and any other topics, that, through their examples, might lifestyles (prisons, hospitals) and any other topics, that, through their examples, might also touch upon a string in the more theoretical frameworks typical for the topic.

We welcome contributions in different academic stylistic traditions.
For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the editors: Elisabetta Di Stefano, Carsten Friberg and Max Ryynänen
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