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CFP: Aesthetics, Fashion, and Psychology

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Sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics

30 June-1 July 2016
London College of Fashion
London, UK

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Claus-Christian Carbon (Psychology, Bamberg)
Cynthia Freeland (Philosophy, Houston)

Jason Kass (London College of Fashion)
Carolyn Mair (London College of Fashion)
Aaron Meskin (University of Leeds)

The Centre for Aesthetics at the University of Leeds and the London College of Fashion are pleased to announce the hosting of an interdisciplinary conference on the aesthetic and psychological issues raised by fashion. The conference is sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics.

Fashion has not received much attention from philosophical aestheticians, and this may be in part due to what Karen Hanson has characterized as ‘philosophical hostility to fashionable dress.’ The neglect of philosophy by the fashion world is just as glaring. But there are substantive issues within the fashion world that would benefit from the attention of philosophers of art.

In recent years, philosophical aesthetics has been invigorated by an engagement with the cognitive sciences. It has also benefitted from close attention to the workings of particular forms and media. This conference seeks to follow in that path by bringing together philosophical aestheticians and fashion experts with psychologists, in order to explore a range of issues in the area.

We invite talk proposals on any topic that is relevant to the conference theme. Please send an abstract (450-500 words) suitable for anonymous review as an attachment to aestheticsfashionconference@gmail.com, and include in the main text of the email the following: paper title, contact information, and current affiliation (if applicable).

In writing your abstract, please bear in mind that full papers should be suitable for a 30-40 minute presentation.

The submission deadline is January 31, 2016.

Members of traditionally underrepresented groups in academia and junior scholars are warmly encouraged to apply. We aim to be a family-friendly and child-friendly conference and we will do our best to help with childcare needs.

Further questions can be directed to the conference organizers at: aestheticsfashionconference@gmail.com