The 2017 Conference was held at St Anne’s College, Oxford, 8-10 September.


Kathleen Higgins (University of Texas, Austin), ‘Aesthetics, Empathy, and Bereavement’
François Recanati (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris), ‘Fictional Characters’
The art critic Laura Cumming will deliver the William Empson Lecture, ‘The Vanishing Velazquez’

Brian Ball (Oxford), ‘Good Art First’
Adriana Clavel-Vázquez (Sheffield), ‘The Case for Contextual Autonomism’
James MacDowall (Warwick), ‘Irony and Ironic Pretence in Film’
Panos Paris (St Andrews), ‘The “Moralism” in Immoralism’
Peter Shiu-Hwa Tsu (Chung Cheng), ‘Of Primary Features in Aesthetics: A Critical Assessment of Generalism and A Limited Defence of Particularism’
Mario Slugan (Warwick), ‘Towards a definition of the Moving Image: An Alternative to Carroll’;
Enrico Terrone (Collège d’études mondiales – FMSH), ‘Seeing-in and Singling Out: How to Reconcile Pictures with Singular Thought’
Thomas Wartenberg (Mount Holyoke College), ‘Illustrating On Certainty – Mel Bochner’s Counting Alternatives:
The Wittgenstein Illustrations

‘Dance Making, Collaboration and Authorship’
Renee Conroy (Purdue), ‘Who Authored Hockey Seen? Creative Collaboration and Works of Dance Art’
Stephanie Jordan (Roehampton), ‘Problematic Identities: The work of performance duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion’
Anna Pakes (Roehampton), ‘Solo dances, several authors: the case for dancer co-authorship’

‘Art and Religion in German Philosophy’
Nick Stang (Toronto), ‘What Kind of Art Would Be Found in the Church of Reason? Kant and the Religious Function of Art’;
Andrew Huddleston (Birkbeck), ‘The Idea of an ‘Art-Religion’;
Ingvild Torsen (Oslo), ‘The Truth of Art: The Role of Religion in Heidegger’s Ontology of Art’

Alexey Aliyev (Maryland), ‘What is a Novel?’
Claire Anscomb (Kent), ‘Appreciating Hybrid Forms of Photography’;
Larissa Berger (Siegen), ‘What the Kantian Pleasure in the Beautiful Feels Like’
David Collins (McGill), ‘Shedding Light on Seeing Things through Photographs: A Further Defence of Walton’s Transparency Thesis’
Dieter Declercq (Kent), ‘Ironic Characters in Satire: A Challenge to the Pretence Theory of Irony’
John Dyck (CUNY), ‘Spatial Music’
Laszlo Kajtar (Central European University), ‘Immersion as an Imaginative State: Fiction and Nonfiction’
Robbie Kubala (Columbia), ‘Fittingness and Value: A Two-Level Theory of (Some) Aesthetic Normativity’
Madeleine Ransom (British Columbia), ‘How to Argue for Aesthetic Perception without relying on Intuitions’
Clinton Peter Verdonschot (Essex), ‘Attention, Disinterest & the Affordance of Extensive Clarity’;

David Davies (co-chair, McGill), Katherine Thomson-Jones (co-chair, Oberlin), Emily Caddick Bourne (Hertfordshire), Diarmuid Costello (Warwick), Jason Gaiger (Oxford), James Grant (Oxford), Louise Hanson (Cambridge), Hans Maes (Kent), Anna Pakes (Roehampton), and Kathleen Stock (Sussex).