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Conference on Aesthetic Emotions: Register Now


August 22-23 Senate House, London

Funded by a British Society of Aesthetics Connections Grant

Registration is free and can be completed HERE (register by August 14th)

Organised by: Alex Grzankowski (Birkbeck) & Cain Todd (Lancaster)

This will be a 2-day event featuring 9 speakers representing the philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and aesthetics.


There are manifest and important connections between emotional experience and aesthetic experience, particularly (though not only) evident in the appreciation of art. And although those working on emotions have had an interest in aesthetic experience and those working on aesthetics have had an interest in emotion, much of the work on each side has proceeded in isolation from concerns on the other. Moreover, the most cutting edge researchers in the respective areas have had less contact than one might have hoped. We believe that, given the burgeoning of philosophical and psychological interest in emotions and other affective states, the time is ripe to revisit and foster deeper connections between philosophers of mind and psychologists working on the emotions and aestheticians working on our emotional engagement with art and nature.

Invited Speakers and Talk Titles:

Professor Carla Bagnoli, University of Modena
‘The Aesthetics of Compassion’

Professor Michael Brady, University of Glasgow
‘Aesthetic Emotions and Aesthetic Wisdom’

Dr Tom Cochrane, University of Sheffield
‘Do Aesthetic Emotions Exist?’

Professor Amy Coplan, California State University Fullerton
‘Bottom-Up and Outside-In: Automatic Affect and Film’

Professor Derek Matravers, Open University
‘Are Readers Empathetic?’

Professor Agnes Moors, KU Leuven/Louvain
‘Aesthetic Emotions Through the Goggles of Dual Process Models of Action’

Dr Carolyn Price, Open University
‘Emotions In Balance: Countering Emotion’s Distorting Power’

Professor Jenefer Robinson, University of Cincinatti
‘Aesthetic Emotions and Garden Variety Emotions: The Case of  Literature’

Professor Fabrice Teroni, University of Geneva
‘Emotions, Fiction and Rationality’

*A Full event schedule can be found on our PhilEvents page: https://philevents.org/event/show/32918

If you have further questions, please email either Alex Grzankowski (a.grzankowski@bbk.ac.uk) or Cain Todd (c.todd@lancaster.ac.uk)