Second International Conference on Beauty and Change - "Aesthetic Experience: Philosophical, Psychological and Neuroscientific Perspectives"

November 2, 2023 - November 4, 2023
Department of Psychology, University of Turin

Fondazione Giorgio Amendola, Via Tollegno 52

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The Conference

The Brain Plasticity and Behaviour Change (BIP) Group at the Department of Psychology, University of Turin and the Giorgio Amendola Foundation are delighted to announce the Second International Conference on Beauty and Change, a three-day international and interdisciplinary conference that will be held in Turin, Italy on 2-4 November 2023.

The conference follows the First International Conference on Beauty and Change in 2022, which established a highly successful interdisciplinary forum for discussing recent advancements in philosophical and empirical aesthetics. This year’s conference will be devoted to the theme “Aesthetic Experience: Philosophical, Psychological and Neuroscientific Perspectives” and will gather leading scholars from the three fields of philosophy, psychology and neuroscience to strengthen the emerging interdisciplinary interest around the notion of aesthetic experience.

Invited Speakers

Elvira Brattico (Aarhus University & University of Bari Aldo Moro)

Beatriz Calvo-Merino (City, University of London)

Ana Clemente (University of Barcelona)

Gregory Currie (University of York)

Marcos Nadal (University of the Balearic Islands)

Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp)

Sander Van de Cruys (University of Antwerp)

Johan Wagemans (KU Leuven)

The Theme

Recent years have seen a surge of attention in the interdisciplinary study of aesthetics, with philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists converging on many core interests and new research aims. On the one hand, philosophers are rediscovering the original vocation of aesthetics as a “science of sensuous cognition” and are looking with increasing interest at the results of the empirical sciences of mind. On the other hand, psychologists are elaborating wide-ranging theories that connect aesthetic experience to other psychological phenomena of general interest such as learning, affect, valence, attention, motivation, memory, well-being, and the dynamics of personal and sub-personal experience. From yet another disciplinary perspective, neuroscientists interested in the study of art and aesthetics are animating the booming subfield of neuroaesthetics, whose latest developments have abandoned overly reductionistic premises and are starting to deliver nuanced insights on several aspects of our aesthetic encounters.

The Second International Conference on Beauty and Change aims at surveying this new and fast-growing interdisciplinary landscape, tackling remaining contrasts between theoretical perspectives and attempting broader syntheses. It will provide a forum where all disciplines can contribute as equal partners in the study of human aesthetic experiences and other crucial aspects of our cognitive makeup.

Important Dates

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2023

Notification of acceptance: 15 August 2023

Registration opens: 15 August 2023

Deadline for registration: 1 October 2023

Conference dates: 2-4 November 2023

Conference Costs

Conference fee for students (BA and MA): free

Conference fee for untenured researchers (PhD students and postdocs): €100

Conference fee for tenured researchers: €200

Conference dinner (optional): €40

Scientific Committee

Carola Barbero (University of Turin)

Alessandro Bertinetto (University of Turin)

Alice Cancer (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan)

Jacopo Frascaroli (University of Turin)

Irene Ronga (University of Turin)

Maria Luisa Rusconi (University of Bergamo)

Katiuscia Sacco (University of Turin)

Pietro Sarasso (University of Turin)

Sander Van de Cruys (University of Antwerp)

Other Information

Information about venue, travel and accommodation are available on the conference website.

We aim to make the conference as accessible as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact the conference organisers to discuss accessibility requirements.

All questions and correspondence should be addressed to the Organising Committee at: [email protected]

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