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Conf: Values of Art

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20-21 June 2015, Research Centre, University of Sheffield


This conference will discuss issues such as the relationship between intrinsic and instrumental values of art, the nature of arts participation, and the state support of the arts in the UK. Speakers come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, and we will be seeking ways to collaboratively address the key issues facing the arts today.

The conference is free to attend. However, please email Tom Cochrane to register.


Saturday 20th June
10:30-11:00 Registration, coffee
11:00-11.15 Introduction, Tom Cochrane
11:15-12:30 Talk 1 Noël Carroll (Philosophy, CUNY) TBA
Lunch (provided)
13:30-14:45 Talk 2 Roger Mantie (Music, Arizona) TBA
15:00 – 16:15 Talk 3 Stephanie Pitts (Music, Sheffield) ‘To play or not to play? The value of musical participation for current and lapsed amateur performers’
16:45 – 18:00 Talk 4 Dave O’Brien (Cultural Policy, Goldsmiths) TBA

Sunday 21st June
09:30-10:45: Talk 5, Berys Gaut (Philosophy, St Andrews) ‘The value of creativity’
11:15-12.30 Talk 6, Greg Currie (Philosophy, York) ‘Cognitive values and literary values’
Lunch (provided)
13.30-14:45: Talk 7, Lola Frost (Artist in residence at KCL) ‘Aesthetic Risk: An artist’s perspective’
15:00-16:15: Talk 8, Malaika Cunningham (Politics, Sheffield) ‘Art as Politics: Participation, Expression and Innovation’
16:45-18:00: Discussion session