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CFA: British Society of Aesthetics postgraduate conference

We are pleased to invite you to submit abstracts to the fifth British Society of Aesthetics postgraduate conference. This three-day event will be held at the University of York on the 29th-31st March 2019, and our keynote speakers are Yuriko Saito and Elisabeth Schellekens. The theme for this year is ‘The Good, the Bad and the (Extra)Ordinary’ – the intersection of value, quality and standards in aesthetics. We welcome submissions from all areas of philosophical aesthetics, but will prioritise those which are on-theme. Suggested topics include:

The relation between ethics and aesthetics
Everyday aesthetics
Snobbery and definitions of art, fine art and literature
Aesthetic experiences
Representations of the (extra)ordinary in art and fiction
Norms of art/aesthetics and artistic/aesthetic practice
Aesthetic quality in art and non-art objects

Candidates must be currently enrolled in postgraduate study, or have completed a postgraduate programme within the last year. Please submit an abstract or presentation outline of no longer than 500 words (excluding bibliography) to tgtbteoyork@gmail.com, for a presentation slot of 30 minutes including 5-15 minutes for questions (candidate’s discretion). Submissions must be prepared for anonymous review, and must include a separate cover sheet which includes the candidate’s name, paper title and institution. PDF and Word files are preferred. The closing date for submissions is January 11th 2019.

We strongly encourage submissions from women and/or members of minority or under-represented groups in philosophy. This conference will abide by the guidelines set within the BPA/SWIP good practice scheme. All efforts will be made to follow guidelines in the same spirit with respect to all minority and under-represented groups in philosophy.

A travel and accommodation bursary of £80 is available to all accepted speakers. Disabled parking is available, and the venue (including toilet facilities) is wheelchair-accessible. The conference venue is equipped with induction loops. Other accessibility requirements can be provided, including but not limited to: a signer, a sighted guide, formatted materials (large print, Braille, etc.), food and water for assistance animals, and extra presentation time. We will make every attempt to extend travel/accommodation bursaries to a required personal assistant as budget allows.

All questions and correspondence should be addressed to the conference organising team at tgtbteoyork@gmail.com. Papers will be anonymously reviewed by faculty members at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and Hull.

We look forward to receiving your submissions,

The conference organisers – Grace Whistler, Celia Coll and Jamie Cawthra