Philosophy on the Concept of Taste

Pera Kids
Ages 10-12

  • August 4, 2021 / 14:00
  • August 12, 2021 / 14:00

In this workshop, we reflect on the question of “What is taste?” through philosophical inquiry, with reference to the artworks of the “A Question of Taste” exhibition. Can taste be learned? Is this a planned learning, or do we learn naturally and through exposure as in the case of our native language? How does each learning method affect the formation of our taste? Whether it be planned or through experience, how much of our taste is ours and how much of it originates from others’? When we say “I like this”, is it entirely our voice or does it also echo others? Is facing a new world of tastes similar to learning a new language? Does that language always remain as a foreign language, even if we are fluent in it? How does kitsch relate to languages and tastes? Workshop participants gain knowledge and experience on philosophizing, reflecting on and questioning assumptions, active participation and self-expression in a community, listening to others’ opinions with an open mind, contemplating on the concept of taste. 

About Dr. Özge Özdemir

She has a bachelor degree in Philosophy at Boğaziçi University, followed by a MA and PhD at the Philosophy Department of İstanbul University. She has been a lecturer in several public and private universities. In 2015, she completed the Philosophy for Children program at Montclair State University / Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC) center. She is the founder of Little Thinkers Society. She currently runs the Training of Trainers Specialization Certificate Program for Philosophy for Children at Boğaziçi University’s Lifelong Learning Center, and teaches Educational Philosophy at the Department of Education, Boğaziçi University as a part-time faculty member. She is the author of the Philosophy for Children book series by the Redhouse Kidz Publishing House. She has knowledge and experience in training, training of trainers, and creating educational content. She is the mother of Ferhan who was born in 2008. 

Related exhibition: A Question of Taste

Ages: 10-12
Capacity: 15 participants
Duration: 1 hour 

Fee per workshop: 60 TL 

Participants will receive a certificate of participation via e-mail. After an online guided 3D tour of the exhibition, students attend a related workshop on the Zoom Meeting app.

Please make sure that your camera and microphone are on so as to be able to see the attendees and communicate personal instructions. All the attendees are considered to have agreed to that at registration. 

PERAcard FAMILY members are eligible for discount rates.
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