Zane Ozola

University of Latvia

Fellowship received in 2021
Academic supervisor: Prof. Mara Rubene
Current affiliation: University of Latvia, Faculty of History and Philosophy

Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
During my Sylff Fellowship, I published three publications on the contemporary topics – visual arts, contemporary culture trends and postmodern views on human being. They were published in the online magazine TELOS ( and in the Scientific Papers of the University of Latvia. Given the interdisciplinary approach of my dissertation topic, I see that the knowledge of the Western tradition and Christian heritage, its history and the role of art in culture, holds important answers to today's challenges, which are also inscribed in the works of contemporary philosophers. Writing on themes such as the meaning of art, representation, aesthetic experience, I see that they are closely linked to overarching themes such as the image of human being, the changes in human self-understanding brought about by the Enlightenment in the Western world, and the impact of technology on human perception. I am taking part on the scientific conferences of the Unirversity of Latvia and looking forward to attend international confences relevant to my interdicisplinary research. I am a member of TELOS – a web portal created in 2021 by the philosophers' association “Peripatos”. It is an intellectually-oriented polemical and educational web magazine that unites Latvian classical and conservative thinkers who thus far have not had their own online space in which to share, debate, and discuss ideas. Given the general disorientation of culture and society in the 21st century and the pandemic crisis, I consider it very important to continue my work and to try to look for timeless landmarks on themes relating to the human being, personality, morality, freedom, truth and education. In the future I see myself working in education, arts and publishing.

Zane Ozola is a 3rg year PhD student in the Philosophy programme at the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the University of Latvia. In 2013, Zane was awarded a scholarship from the Belgian-Flemish government to study at the Higher Institute of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven, where she researched philosophical and psychoanalytical aspects of creativity. She has worked in various independent contemporary art and culture projects in Latvia. In her everyday life she searches for the beautiful, believes in the good and loves life.

In her academic life Zane is interested in the role of culture and art in the formation of human self-awareness and collective self-understanding. This is evidenced by her research interests in the history of philosophy, psychoanalysis, aesthetics and philosophy of art. Zane's current research interests include philosophical aesthetics and anthropology, image perception and contemporary culture, as well as the spiritual dimension of culture.

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