RIP Annual Conference 2013 Philosophy and Museums: Ethics, Aesthetics and Ontology

July 24, 2013 - July 26, 2013
Philosophy, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow

Bridie Library, University of Glasgow, 32 University Avenue
Glasgow G12 8LX
United Kingdom

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  • Royal Institute of Philosophy
  • Scots Philosophical Association
  • Mind Association
  • Glasgow Life
  • Journal of Philosophy of Education
  • The Hunterian Museum
  • Hutchesons’ Grammar School

Keynote speakers:

David Brown
University of St. Andrews
Ivan Gaskell
Bard Graduate Center, New York
Garry Hagberg
Michael Levine
University of Western Australia
Beth Lord
University of Aberdeen
Graham Oddie
University of Colorado, Boulder
Julia Rosenbaum
Bard College
Constantine Sandis
Oxford Brookes University
Charles Taliaferro
St. Olaf College
Philip Tonner
Hutchesons’ Grammar School


Anna Bergqvist
Manchester Metropolitan University
University of Macau
Gary Kemp
University of Glasgow

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Call for Papers: Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Conference 2013

Philosophy and Museums: Ethics, Aesthetics and Ontology

24th to 26th of July 2013, University of Glasgow

Submissions of papers are invited for an international conference on Philosophy and Museums, to be held at University of Glasgow and at the Burrell Collection on the 24th to 26th of July 2013.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

David Brown (St Andrews), ‘Contexts and Experiencing the Sacred’

Ivan Gaskell (Bard Graduate Center, New York), ‘The Museum of Big Ideas’ Garry Hagberg (Bard Graduate Center, New York), ‘Word and Object’

Michael Levine (University of Western Australia), ‘Museums and the Nostalgic Self’

Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen), ‘“A Sudden Surprise of the Soul”: Wonder in Museums and Early Modern Philosophy’

Graham Oddie (University of Colorado at Boulder), ‘What do we see in Museums?’

Julia Rosenbaum (Bard Graduate Center, New York), ‘A Curious Case of Collecting’

Constantine Sandis (Oxford Brookes), ‘Replicas and the Role of Museums’

Charles Taliaferro (St Olaf, Minnesota) with Jil Evans, ‘How to Get into a Work of Art’

Philip Tonner (Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Glasgow), ‘Museums, Ethics and Truth’

Open Call for Papers 

There has been much interest lately on the part of academics, museum professionals and policy makers on interactions between universitiesand museums. Critical theory, influenced by Continental philosophy, has had a shaping role on the discussions which have taken place; however, so far there has been little attention to what the insights of philosophers in the Anglo-American tradition might bring to the table. This conference will highlight the scholarship of philosophers in the Anglo-American tradition who have engaged with museums and taken seriously the philosophical questions they raise.

This international conference will bring together philosophers from a spectrum of philosophical sub-disciplines, ranging from ethics, through aesthetics, to metaphysics and philosophy of religion. It will explore how their work contributes to the understanding of museums and what light it can shed on the philosophical questions raised by museum practices. The conference will address such questions under three main headings: Ethics, Aesthetics and Ontology.

Papers should take 30 minutes to present and be submitted in a form suitable for blind review. Our aim is to involve speakers with a variety of perspectives. It is intended that papers presented at the conference should be suitable for publication as a special supplementary volume of Philosophy (scheduled to appear with Cambridge University Press in 2014). It is a condition of accepting the invitation to participate in the conference that we would have the first right of refusal on a final version of any paper delivered at the conference. Please consult the conference website for further details of the topics which papers might address: ferences/headline_256985_en.html

The deadline for submissions of papers is 15th May 2013. The conference fee will be waived for accepted speakers and lunch and dinner for three days will be provided. Speakers are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Papers should be submitted, and enquiries addressed, to Dr Anna Bergqvist ([email protected]).

Organisers: Victoria Harrison, Gary Kemp and Anna Bergqvist

The conference organisers gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Glasgow Life, the Scots Philosophical Association, the Journal of Philosophy of Education, the Mind Association, Hutchesons’ Grammar School; and within the University of Glasgow, The Hunterian Museum, the School of Education and the School of Humanities.

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