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


Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2019

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

Proposals for symposia are invited in all areas of philosophical aesthetics. Proposals may be for panels on particular themes, author-meets-critics sessions or other special sessions. Proposals for symposia should include a general description of the topic or theme, along with the names and affiliations of all proposed participants and brief abstracts of all papers.

Symposia will last two hours, including discussion time, and should normally have three participants (at most four). Students may not submit proposals for symposia, though symposia may include students as participants, in which case their status should be specified.

The BSA has adopted the Good Practice Policy recommendations of the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy. When drawing up a list of potential speakers, organizers must take appropriate steps to ensure that women are well represented, and provide evidence of having done so in their proposals. See the Good Practice website ( for more information and advice.

Papers are invited in all areas of philosophical aesthetics. All submissions should include a 200-word abstract and must be prepared for anonymous review.

There are two categories of submission:
1. Regular submissions may not exceed 3500 words excluding abstract, footnotes & bibliography (around 30 minutes’ reading time, to be followed by discussion). Students may not submit in this category.
2. Student submissions by students enrolled in MA or doctoral degree programmes are to be marked as such at the time of submission and may not exceed 2500 words excluding abstract, footnotes & bibliography (around 20-25 minutes’ reading time, to be followed by discussion). Students whose papers are accepted will receive a stipend to defray conference fees, accommodation and up to £500 towards travel costs.

Abstracts without full papers, papers that are not prepared for anonymous review and papers that exceed the maximum length will not be considered. You may either submit a paper or be a member of a proposed panel, but not both.

Please also indicate whether you are willing to serve as a chair for a conference session. We especially encourage women and members of other under-represented groups to submit. Funding is available towards the cost of arranging childcare for any speakers who may require it. Please ask for details.

Submissions should be sent by email attachment in Word format to:
with the author’s name, affiliation, status (student or not) and contact details in the body of the email. Please also direct any questions to this address.

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 May/June 2019.

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.