THE BRITISH SOCIETY OF AESTHETICS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
16-18 September 2016, St Anne’s College, Oxford
Our 56th annual conference takes place at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Situated within five acres of tranquil leafy grounds, St Anne’s enjoys a unique atmosphere and a traditional of intellectual generosity. Whilst dating from 1879, it is modern in its outlook and architecture and is one of Oxford’s largest colleges, with some 700 students and staff.
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2016 PROGRAMME:
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Susan Feagin (Temple), ‘Beyond Vision in the Theatre’
Luciano Floridi (Oxford), ‘The Beautiful Glitch’
The artist Tacita Dean will deliver the William Empson Lecture, ‘Process and the importance of the non-deliberate act when making a work of art’
PAPERS
Elisa Caldarola (Padua/Maryland), ‘Installation Art, Artification, and Museum-Artworks’
John Holliday (Rutgers), ‘Emotional Intimacy in Literature’ (winner of the 2016 BSA Essay Prize)
Andrew Huddleston (Birkbeck), ‘Why I am not a (Restrictive) Intentionalist’
Guy Rohrbaugh (Auburn), ‘Psychologism and Completion in the Arts’
David Sackris (Princeton), ‘What Jancis Robinson Didn’t Know Helped Her’
Robert Stecker (Central Michigan University), ‘Defining Artistic Value: The Composite View vs. the Buck Passing Theory’
Jakub Stejskal (Berlin), ‘What Is Post-Formalism from the Point of View of Aesthetics?’
Nathan Wildman (Hamburg), ‘Knowledge Through Interactive Fiction’
SYMPOSIA
‘Bodily Aesthetics’
Kathleen Lennon (Hull)
Meeta Rani Jha (Winchester)
Sherri Irvin (Oklahoma)
‘Is Psychology Relevant to Aesthetics?’ (Double Book Panel)
Authors:
Bence Nanay (Cambridge/Antwerp), Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception (OUP, 2016)
Murray Smith (Kent), Film, Art and the Third Culture (OUP, 2016)
Commentators:
Sherri Irvin (Oklahoma)
Elisabeth Schellekens (Durham/Uppsala)
‘Taste, Smell, Kinesthesia, and Touch: The Role of All the Senses in Contemporary Art’
Cynthia Freeland (Houston), ‘Gustatory Cinema’
Mary Wiseman (New York), ‘Kinesthetic and Tactile Responses to Works of Art’
Larry Shiner (Illinois), ‘Is “Olfactory Art” an Art Form? Some Implications from Neuroscience and Psychology’
POSTGRADUATE PAPERS
Lauren R Alpert (CUNY), ‘Co-Authorship and the Ontology of Dance Artworks’
Servaas van der Berg (British Columbia), ‘Value Empiricism and a Broad Conception of Experience’
Adriana Clavel-Vázquez (Sheffield), ‘Someone In My Head But It’s Not Me: A Defence of Response Amoralism’
John Dyck (CUNY), ‘The Category Argument for Generalism’
Nemesio García-Carril Puy (Granada), ‘Versions and the Individuation of Musical Works’
Madeleine Ransom (British Columbia), ‘Aesthetic Expertise, High-Level Perceptual Content and Non-Inferential Justification’
Alan Roberts (Sussex), ‘Humour is a Funny Thing’
Nils-Hennes Stear (UNAM), ‘Fatal Prescription’
Programme subject to change
PROGRAMME COMMITTEE:
David Davies (co-chair, McGill), Dawn Wilson (co-chair, Hull), Jonathan Gilmore (CUNY), Louise Hanson (Cambridge), Eileen John (Warwick), Lisa Jones (St Andrews), Anna Pakes (Roehampton), Katherine Thomson-Jones (Oberlin), Lee Walters (Southampton) and John Zeimbekis (Patras).
2016 BSA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

PROGRAMME
FRIDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER
11:30- REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-15:00 CHOICE OF PARALLEL SESSIONS – 2 PAPERS or DOUBLE BOOK SESSION:
Either:
Is Psychology Relevant to Aesthetics? – Double Book Panel
Authors:
Bence Nanay (Cambridge/Antwerp)
Murray Smith (Kent)
Commentators:
Sherri Irvin (Oklahoma)
Elisabeth Schellekens (Durham/Uppsala)
Or:
Andrew Huddleston (Birkbeck), ‘Why I am not a (Restrictive) Intentionalist’
Robert Stecker (Michigan), ‘Defining Artistic Value: The Composite View vs. the Buck Passing Theory’
15:00-15:30 TEA / COFFEE
15:30-17:00 CHOICE OF PARALLEL PAPER SESSIONS:
Either:
Nemesio García-Carril Puy (Granada)), ‘Versions and the Individuation of Musical Works’
Lauren R Alpert (CUNY), ‘Co-Authorship and the Ontology of Dance Artworks’
Or:
Nils-Hennes Stear (UNAM), ‘Fatal Prescription’
Alan Roberts (Sussex), ‘Humour is a Funny Thing’
17:15-18:45 BSA/ASA WOLLHEIM MEMORIAL LECTURE
Susan Feagin (Temple), ‘Beyond Vision in the Theatre’
18:45-19:30 RECEPTION
19:30 DINNER
SATURDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER
09:00-10:30 CHOICE OF PARALLEL PAPER SESSIONS:
Either:
Adriana Clavel-Vázquez (Sheffield), ‘Someone In My Head, But It’s Not Me: A Defence of Response Amoralism’;
Madeleine Ransom (British Columbia), ‘Aesthetic Expertise, High-Level Perceptual Content and Non-Inferential Justification’
Or:
John Dyck (CUNY), ‘The Category Argument for Generalism’;
Servaas van der Berg (British Columbia), ‘Value Empiricism and a Broad Conception of Experience’
10:30-11:00 TEA / COFFEE
11:00-12:00 CHOICE OF PARALLEL PAPER SESSIONS:
Either:
David Sackris (Princeton), ‘What Jancis Robinson Didn’t Know Helped Her’
Or (BSA Essay Prize Winner):
John Holliday (Rutgers), ‘Emotional Intimacy in Literature’
12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:30 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (BSA members only)
13:30-15:30 INVITED SYMPOSIUM
Bodily Aesthetics – Symposium
Kathleen Lennon (Hull)
Meeta Rani Jha (Winchester)
Sherri Irvin (Oklahoma)
15:30-16:00 TEA / COFFEE
16:00-17:00 CHOICE OF PARALLEL PAPER SESSIONS:
Either:
Nathan Wildman (Hamburg), ‘Knowledge Through Interactive Fiction’
Or:
Guy Rohrbaugh (Auburn), ‘Psychologism and Completion in the Arts’
17:00-18:30 WILLIAM EMPSON LECTURE
Tacita Dean, ‘Process and the importance of the non-deliberate act when making a work of art’
18:30-19:30 CASH BAR
19:30 DINNER
Announcement of prize for best postgraduate paper
SUNDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER
09:00-11:00 CHOICE OF PARALLEL SESSIONS – 2 PAPERS OR SYMPOSIUM:
Either:
Taste, Smell, Kinesthesis, and Touch: The Role of All the Senses in Contemporary Art – Symposium
Cynthia Freeland (Houston), ‘Gustatory cinema’;
Mary Wiseman (City University of New York), ‘Kinesthetic and Tactile Responses to Works of Art’;
Larry Shiner (Illinois), ‘Is “Olfactory Art” an Art Form? Some Implications from Neuroscience and Psychology’
Or:
Elisa Caldarola (Padua/Maryland), ‘Installation Art, Artification, and Museum-Artworks’;
Jakub Stejskal (Berlin), ‘What Is Post-Formalism from the Point of View of Aesthetics?’
11:00-11:30 TEA / COFFEE
11:30-13:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Luciano Floridi (Oxford), ‘The Beautiful Glitch’
13:00-14:00 LUNCH
14:00 Conference closes
Programme subject to change