British Society of Aesthetics (BSA) 2013 Annual Conference

September 20, 2013 - September 22, 2013
Homerton College, Cambridge University

United Kingdom

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Keynote speakers:

Carolyn Korsmeyer
State University of New York, Buffalo
Peter Railton
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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The deadline for early booking is August 15.

NEW FOR 2013:

  • Discounted fees for BSA members (eg £42 off the full residential package)
  • Day delegate rates available
  • Three symposia, twelve invited papers, eight postgraduate papers

The BSA provides a subsidised rate for students enrolled in masters and doctoral programmes.

The William Empson Lecture:
Adrian Piper

Margrethe Bruun Vaage (Norwegian University of Science & Technology), ‘Hitchcockian Suspense and Moral Evaluation’
Emily Caddick Bourne (ICE, Cambridge), ‘Poetic Justice’
Tom Cochrane (Sheffield), ‘Positively Ugly: Appreciating Revolting Artworks’
Florian Cova (Geneva) and Naar (Manchester), ‘Fiction, Belief and the Emotions’
David Davies (McGill),‘Neo-Goodmanian’ Aesthetics and the Problem of ‘Fast Art’
Iskra Fileva (North Carolina), ‘Playing with Fire: Art and the Seductive Power of Pain’
Michalle Gal (Tel Aviv), ‘The Artwork as Gesture: Picasso to Palestine’
Louise Hanson (Oxford), ‘Conceptual Art and the Acquaintance Principle’
Andrew Huddleston (Oxford), ‘Finding Content in Absolute Music’
Nicholas Riggle (New York), ‘Personal and Artistic Style’
Robert Stecker (Central Michigan), ‘Aesthetic Autonomy and Artistic Heteronomy’
Nick Zangwill (Durham), ‘Music, Autism and Emotion’

‘Art and Technology’
Bence Nanay (Antwerp/Cambridge), ‘Perceptual Demands of Technological Innovations in Art’; Katherine Thompson-Jones (Oberlin College), ‘Aesthetics of Digital Imagery’; John Zeimbekis (Patras), ‘Digital Imagery and the Concept of Authenticity’

‘Creativity and Problem Solving’
Ken Gilhooly (Brunel/Hertfordshire), ‘Creativity: The Approach from Cognitive Psychology’; Berys Gaut (St Andrews), ‘Problems, Problems, Problems’; Matthew Kieran (Leeds), ‘Creativity, Conformity and Independence of Mind’

‘Experimental Philosophical Aesthetics’
Shen-yi Liao (Kansas State) & Aaron Meskin (Leeds), ‘What’s the Matter with Aesthetic Adjectives?’; Hanna Kim (Washington & Jefferson College), ‘Experimental Aesthetics: Impossible Metaphors’; Nina Strohminger (Duke), ‘The Unstable Role of Disgust in Art Appreciation’

Postgraduate Papers:
Solveig Aasen (UCL) ‘Pictures, Presence and Visibility’
Thomas Baker (Nottingham), ‘The Fine Art of Beer’
Helen Bradley (York) ‘Misrepresentation and the Significance of Style’
Filippo Contesi (York), ‘Disgust, Transparency and the Paradox of Fiction’
Mojca Kuplen (CEU, Budapest), ‘Is There a Possibility for an Ugly Aesthetic Idea in Kant’s Aesthetics? Implications for Resolving the Paradox of Ugliness’
Rafe McGregor (York), ‘Narrative Thickness’
Brock Rough (Maryland, College Park), ‘The Special Problem of Interactive Fiction’
Mark Windsor (Kent), ‘Toward a Theory of the Uncanny’

Programme Committee:
Dan Cavedon-Taylor (St Andrews) co-chair
Stacie Friend (Heythrop College, London) co-chair
Áine Kelly (University College Dublin)
Bence Nanay (Cambridge/Antwerp)
Murray Smith (Kent)
Dawn Wilson (Hull)

Programme subject to change

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September 20, 2013, 2:00pm BST

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