The British Society of Aesthetics Annual Conference
6-8 September 2019, St Anne’s College, Oxford

Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers)
Paul C. Taylor (Vanderbilt)
Stewart Lee (stand-up comedian, writer, director)

Filming Time: Film, Philosophy, and the cinema of Richard Linklater
Nancy Bauer (Tufts)
Marya Schechtman (Illinois)
Murray Smith (Kent)

Author-Meets-Critics Panel on Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value
Alex King (SUNY, Buffalo)
Dominic McIver Lopes (British Columbia)
Nick Riggle (San Diego)
Murray Smith (Kent)

Mystery, Aesthetics and Spirituality: East and West
David E. Cooper (Durham)
Xiao Ouyang (Wuhan)
Mark Wynn (Leeds)
Zou Yuanjiang (Wuhan)

Ethical Responses to Fiction
Adriana Clavel-Vázquez (Sheffield)
María Jimena Clavel Vázquez (St Andrews/Stirling)
Panos Paris (Birkbeck)
Nils-Hennes Stear (Southampton)
Robin Zheng (Yale-NUS)

The Changing Nature of the Musical Object
Zed Adams (New School for Social Research)
Georgina Born (Oxford)
Christopher Haworth (Birmingham)
Zach Weinstein (Toronto)

Claire Anscomb (Kent), ‘Photography and the Contact Phenomenon’
Dieter Declercq (Kent), ‘Satire and the Sick World. Coping, not Curing’
Jonathan Gingerich (Washington University in St Louis), ‘Agency, Moral and Aesthetic’
Robert Stecker (Central Michigan), ‘Aesthetic Value, Inversion, and the Ethical Properties of Artworks’
C. Thi Nguyen (Utah Valley), ‘Autonomy and Aesthetic Engagement’
Jessica Williams (South Florida), ‘Kant on Aesthetic Attention and the Freedom of the Imagination’
Nick Wiltsher (Antwerp), ‘Towards an Aesthetic Ontology of Genders’
Mark Windsor (Kent), ‘Hume’s Standard of Taste: Erasing the Circle’

Larissa Berger (Siegen), ‘A Minimal Two-Acts Model of the Kantian Judgment of Taste’
Aurélie Debaene (Kent), ‘#IWokeUpLikeThis’: Demystifying Photogenic Images’
John Dyck (CUNY), ‘There are no Aesthetic Obligations’
Irene Martínez Marín Uppsala), ‘Art Appreciation: Whether You Like It or Not’
Moonyoung Song (Maryland College Park), ‘Aesthetic Explanation and its Selectivity’
Kathryn Wojtkiewicz (CUNY), ‘The Responsibility of Creation: Diversity, Stereotypes, and the Hermeneutical Responsibility of the Fiction Creator’

Emily Caddick Bourne (co-chair, Hertfordshire), Hans Maes (co-chair, Kent), Katerina Bantinaki (Crete), Emily Brady (Texas A&M), Louise Hanson (Durham), Eileen John (Warwick), Jason Leddington (Bucknell), C. Thi Nguyen (Utah Valley), Heleen Pott (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Dawn Wilson (Hull)

The schedule for the 2019 Conference Programme is expected to be announced in June 2019.


In an effort to increase diversity in British aesthetics and philosophy of art, the British Society of Aesthetics is launching a new initiative to encourage UK undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider further study in the discipline. We will provide funding to a limited number of such students to attend the BSA Annual Conference, which will be held at St Anne’s College, Oxford (6-8 Sept 2019). The full programme will be available in May/June 2019, and the confirmed keynote speakers are: Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers), Paul C. Taylor (Vanderbilt) and Stewart Lee (stand-up comedian, writer, director).

The funding will cover registration, accommodation, meals and travel within the UK. (There is also additional funding to accommodate conference participants with disabilities.) The students will have postgraduate student mentors to guide them around the conference and talk to them about postgraduate study in aesthetics and philosophy of art.

Students are eligible for the funding if they are both:
(i) Undergraduates studying philosophy (either a philosophy degree or one that includes some element of philosophy) at a UK university at the time of the conference, or who have just completed an undergraduate degree (in 2019); and
(ii) Members of a group underrepresented in the discipline. Groups include but are not limited to: BAME; disabled; trans/non-binary gender identity; low socioeconomic status; first in their family to attend university.

For questions about eligibility please contact the BSA Manager at

To apply, students should send an email to with ‘Undergraduate Diversity Initiative’ as the subject, and include:

1. A brief statement of how the student is eligible, addressing (i) and (ii) above. For (i), please state the university and course. For (ii), this may simply be a declaration of belonging to one of the above groups, or alternatively an indication of a different underrepresented group;

2. The contact information for a lecturer or administrator who can confirm that the student is enrolled on a relevant course. Please ensure that the lecturer/administrator knows that they may be contacted.

3. An indication of where the student would be travelling from. (This is for the purpose of financial estimates relating to travel only; it will not be taken into account in awarding funding.)

The deadline for applications is Monday, 1 July 2019. In the event that there are more applicants than places, awardees will be chosen by lottery. Awardees will be notified by the end of July.

For questions about the application process or anything else, please send an email to the BSA Manager at

Annual General Meeting of the British Society of Aesthetics

To be held in the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, Ruth Deech Building, St Anne’s College, Oxford, Saturday 7 September 2019

1. Apologies
2. Minutes of the last meeting
3. Matters arising
4. President’s report
5. Vice-President’s report
6. Treasurer’s report
7. Journal editors’ report
8. Postgraduate journal editors’ report
9. Website editor’s report
10. Conference organiser’s report
11. AOB


We aim to make this conference as accessible as possible, in line with [this] guidance for accessible conferences. To that end:

1. There will be a short break between each session and the Q&A, and delegates may step out if they need to.
2. We will permit questions during Q&A to be written down rather than spoken out loud.
3. We cannot provide sign-language interpretation.
4. A hearing loop is available in the main lecture theatre (Tsuzuki) and we try to schedule what we anticipate will be the best-attended sessions in that room.
5. Service animals have access all areas.
6. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
7. The venue has nearby disabled toilets.
8. The venue has a nearby quiet room.
9. The venue has available seating (seats at the front can be reserved on request).
10. No travel between venues is required as the meeting rooms and accommodation are all in close proximity.
11. There is nearby disabled parking.
12. We aim to accommodate all dietary requirements. Please state such needs when you register.

Do please contact us at if you have further questions not resolved above.


The main front entrance (from Woodstock Road) to the College is level. Delegates will report to the Porter’s Lodge, at the main entrance, to sign in. One entrance to the Lodge is level whilst the second entrance has a ramp.

The Lodge is housed within the Ruth Deech Building, which has ramp access and a lift to reach the lower ground floor. The lift can take mobility scooters / wheelchairs.

Doors to enter the Ruth Deech Building open automatically.
Conference signs will be posted to direct you through the college.
There is free access to all areas for guide dogs.


The conference registration desk will be located outside the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre on the lower ground floor of the Ruth Deech building.


All our sessions take place in either the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre or Seminar Room 7. Both these rooms are off the foyer on the lower ground floor of the Ruth Deech building.

The Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre is tiered, with wheelchair spaces by the entrance. There is also wheelchair access for any speakers onto the stage via a ramp. Speakers are encouraged to use the microphone and table situated on the platform/stage.

Seminar Room 7 is flat-floored with easy access for wheelchair users.

Doors to Tsuzuki and SR 7 are not automatic; however, door stops can be used.

A hearing loop is available in the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre but not in seminar room 7.

Seats can be reserved at the front upon request.

The closest wheelchair accessible toilets are located in the foyer, approximately four metres from the meeting rooms.

The Conference Office is a quiet room, with seating, available nearby. This is at the opposite end of the foyer from the meeting rooms.


Food and refreshments will be served in either the Dining Hall or the Ruth Deech foyer. The Dining Hall has a slight ramp to access. The Dining Hall has accessible toilets which are located approximately ten metres from the serving/seating area.

If you have a food allergy, please let us know when booking as the College requires details in advance of arrival.


All our delegate accommodation is on campus. There are rooms specifically designed for disabled access. We ask delegates to advise us of their accommodation requirements upon booking, so that suitable accommodation can be reserved.


Parking at the College is strictly disabled access only, booked in advance. We ask delegates to advise us of their requirements upon booking, so that spaces can be arranged according to individual needs.


The main entrance to the college bar is not wheelchair accessible and has a flight of stairs but arrangements can be made with the Lodge to escort delegates via an accessible route. Please let us know in advance so that we can make this arrangement at your convenience.


A room close to the meeting space will be reserved for this purpose. Please could you let us know at the point of booking if you will require these facilities.


Unfortunately St Anne’s is not able to accommodate children under 16 as there are no recreational areas or childcare facilities. There is no family accommodation. St Anne’s has provided a list of local hotels, including family-friendly accommodation. Please click here to download the PDF.


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any requirements and we will do our best to meet your needs. We welcome suggestions that will help us improve future versions of this access information.