BRITISH SOCIETY OF AESTHETICS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The British Society of Aesthetics Annual Conference
6-8 September 2019, St Anne’s College, Oxford

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Details of our 2019 annual conference are below. This information will be transferred to the conference archive when details of the 2020 conference are announced.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers), ‘Expressive Style as Perspectival Performance’
Paul C. Taylor (Vanderbilt), ‘On the Very Idea of a Philosophical Practice: Preface to a Prophetic Aesthetic’
Stewart Lee (stand-up comedian, writer, director)

INVITED SYMPOSIUM
Filming Time: Film, Philosophy, and the cinema of Richard Linklater
Nancy Bauer (Tufts)
Marya Schechtman (Illinois)
Murray Smith (Kent)

SYMPOSIA
Author-Meets-Critics Panel on Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value
Alex King (SUNY, Buffalo)
Dominic McIver Lopes (British Columbia)
Nick Riggle (San Diego)
Murray Smith (Kent)

Mystery, Aesthetics and Spirituality: East and West
David E. Cooper (Durham)
Xiao Ouyang (Wuhan)
Mark Wynn (Leeds)
Zou Yuanjiang (Wuhan)

Ethical Responses to Fiction
Adriana Clavel-Vázquez (Sheffield)
María Jimena Clavel Vázquez (St Andrews/Stirling)
Panos Paris (Birkbeck)
Nils-Hennes Stear (Southampton)
Robin Zheng (Yale-NUS)

The Changing Nature of the Musical Object
Zed Adams (New School for Social Research)
Christopher Haworth (Birmingham)
Zach Weinstein (Toronto)

REGULAR PAPERS
Claire Anscomb (Kent), ‘Photography and the Contact Phenomenon’
Dieter Declercq (Kent), ‘Satire and the Sick World. Coping, not Curing’
Jonathan Gingerich (King’s College London), ‘Agency, Moral and Aesthetic’
Robert Stecker (Central Michigan), ‘Aesthetic Value, Inversion, and the Ethical Properties of Artworks’
C. Thi Nguyen (Utah Valley), ‘Autonomy and Aesthetic Engagement’
Jessica Williams (South Florida), ‘Kant on Aesthetic Attention and the Freedom of the Imagination’
Nick Wiltsher (Antwerp), ‘Towards an Aesthetic Ontology of Genders’
Mark Windsor (Kent), ‘Hume’s Standard of Taste: Erasing the Circle’

POSTGRADUATE PAPERS
Larissa Berger (Siegen), ‘A Minimal Two-Acts Model of the Kantian Judgment of Taste’
Aurélie Debaene (Kent), ‘#IWokeUpLikeThis’: Demystifying Photogenic Images’
John Dyck (CUNY), ‘There are no Aesthetic Obligations’
Irene Martínez Marín Uppsala), ‘Art Appreciation: Whether You Like It or Not’
Moonyoung Song (Maryland College Park), ‘Aesthetic Explanation and its Selectivity’
Kathryn Wojtkiewicz (CUNY), ‘The Responsibility of Creation: Diversity, Stereotypes, and the Hermeneutical Responsibility of the Fiction Creator’

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
Emily Caddick Bourne (co-chair, Hertfordshire), Hans Maes (co-chair, Kent), Katerina Bantinaki (Crete), Emily Brady (Texas A&M), Louise Hanson (Durham), Eileen John (Warwick), Jason Leddington (Bucknell), C. Thi Nguyen (Utah Valley), Heleen Pott (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Dawn Wilson (Hull)

CONFERENCE EQUALITIES REPRESENTATIVES 
Adriana Clavel-Vázquez (Sheffield), Panos Paris (Cardiff) 

A PDF version of the 2019 schedule is available here

F R I D A Y, 6th S E P T E M B E R
11:30- REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-15:00 CHOICE OF PARALLEL SESSIONS – SYMPOSIUM OR 2 PAPERS
Either:
Ethical Responses to Fiction
Robin Zheng & Nils-Hennes Stear, ‘Imagining in Oppressive Contexts, or, What’s Wrong with Blackface?’
Adriana Clavel-Vázquez & María Jimena Clavel Vázquez, ‘Embodied Imagination and Empathetic Engagement with Fiction’
Panos Paris, ‘The Aesthetics and Ethics of Rough-Hero Works’
Or:
Mark Windsor, ‘Hume’s Standard of Taste: Erasing the Circle’
Jessica Williams, ‘Kant on Aesthetic Attention and the Freedom of the Imagination’
15:00-15:30 TEA / COFFEE (Foyer B, Ruth Building)
15:30-16:30 CHOICE OF PARALLEL PAPER SESSIONS:
Either:
Claire Anscomb, ‘Photography and the Contact Phenomenon’
Or:
Jonathan Gingerich, ‘Agency, Moral and Aesthetic’
16:30-17:15 CHOICE OF PARALLEL PAPER SESSIONS:
Either:
John Dyck, ‘There are No Aesthetic Obligations’
Or:
Irene Martínez Marín, ‘Art Appreciation: Whether You Like it or Not’
17:30-19:00 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Paul C. Taylor, ‘On the Very Idea of a Philosophical Practice: Preface to a Prophetic Aesthetic’
19:00-19:30 DRINKS RECEPTION
19:30 DINNER

S A T U R D A Y, 7th S E P T E M B E R

09:00-11:00 CHOICE OF PARALLEL PAPER SESSIONS
Either:
Robert Stecker, ‘Aesthetic Value, Inversion, and the Ethical Properties of Artworks’
Nick Wiltsher, ‘Towards an Aesthetic Ontology of Genders’
Or:
Dieter Declercq, ‘Satire and the Sick World. Coping, not Curing’
C. Thi Nguyen, ‘Autonomy and Aesthetic Engagement’
11.00-11.30 TEA/COFFEE
11.30-13.00 CHOICE OF PARALLEL PAPER SESSIONS:
Either:
Moonyoung Song, ‘Aesthetic Explanation and its Selectivity’
Kathryn Wojtkiewicz, ‘The Responsibility of Creation: Diversity, Stereotypes, and the Hermeneutical Responsibility of the Fiction Creator’
Or:
Larissa Berger, ‘A Minimal Two-Acts Model of the Kantian Judgment of Taste’
Aurélie Debaene, ‘“#IWokeUpLikeThis”: Demystifying Photogenic Images’
13.00-14.00 LUNCH
14.00-14.30 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
14.30-16.00 WILLIAM EMPSON LECTURE (Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre)
Stewart Lee
16.00-16.30 TEA/COFFEE
16.30-18.30 CHOICE OF PARALLEL SYMPOSIA
Either:
Invited Symposium – Filming Time: Film, Philosophy, and the cinema of Richard Linklater
Nancy Bauer, ‘Marking Time in Linklater’s Before Trilogy’
Marya Schechtman, ‘Before, During, and After: Real-Life Love Stories and the Narrative Self’
Murray Smith, ‘Moving Pictures, Seriality and the Long Durée’
Or:
The Changing Nature of the Musical Object
Zed Adams, ‘The Sound of the Past: Analog Tape Distortion in Golden Era Hip Hop’
Georgina Born, ‘Mutating Musical Objects Beyond Essentialisms – from Recording to Online’
Christopher Haworth, ‘From Writing and Storage to Transmission and Broadcast: What can “Medium-Specific” Electronic Music tell us about the Changing Nature of the Recorded Musical Object?’
Zach Weinstein, ‘In Living Stereo: Space in Recorded Music’
18:30-19:00 DRINKS RECEPTION
19:00 DINNER

S U N D A Y, 8th S E P T E M B E R
09:00-11:00 CHOICE OF PARALLEL SYMPOSIA:
Either:
Mystery, Aesthetics and Spirituality: East and West
David E. Cooper, ‘Mystery and Aesthetic Experience’
Zou Yuanjiang, ‘“Recognizing the Dao” and the Object-less Aesthetic Cognition: How to Understand the Metaphysical Dimension of Aesthetics in the Chinese Tradition’
Mark Wynn, ‘Encountering “That Unnameable Something”: Spiritual Experience of the Sensory World’
Xiao Ouyang, ‘Beauty and Its Cross-cultural Predicament’
Or:
Author-Meets-Critics Panel: Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value, by Dominic McIver Lopes
Panellists: Alex King, Dominic McIver Lopes, Nick Riggle
11:00-11:30 TEA / COFFEE
11:30-13:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Elisabeth Camp, ‘Expressive Style as Perspectival Performance’
13:00-14:00 LUNCH (Dining Hall)
14:00 Conference closes

Programme subject to change

UNDERGRADUATE DIVERSITY INITIATIVE for the BSA CONFERENCE

In an effort to increase diversity in British aesthetics and philosophy of art, the British Society of Aesthetics is launching a new initiative to encourage UK undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider further study in the discipline. We will provide funding to a limited number of such students to attend the BSA Annual Conference, which will be held at St Anne’s College, Oxford (6-8 Sept 2019). The full programme will be available in May/June 2019, and the confirmed keynote speakers are: Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers), Paul C. Taylor (Vanderbilt) and Stewart Lee (stand-up comedian, writer, director).

The funding will cover registration, accommodation, meals and travel within the UK. (There is also additional funding to accommodate conference participants with disabilities.) The students will have postgraduate student mentors to guide them around the conference and talk to them about postgraduate study in aesthetics and philosophy of art.

Students are eligible for the funding if they are both:
(i) Undergraduates studying philosophy (either a philosophy degree or one that includes some element of philosophy) at a UK university at the time of the conference, or who have just completed an undergraduate degree (in 2019); and
(ii) Members of a group underrepresented in the discipline. Groups include but are not limited to: BAME; disabled; trans/non-binary gender identity; low socioeconomic status; first in their family to attend university.

For questions about eligibility please contact the BSA Manager at admin@british-aesthetics.org.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
To apply, students should send an email to admin@british-aesthetics.org with ‘Undergraduate Diversity Initiative’ as the subject, and include:

1. A brief statement of how the student is eligible, addressing (i) and (ii) above. For (i), please state the university and course. For (ii), this may simply be a declaration of belonging to one of the above groups, or alternatively an indication of a different underrepresented group;

2. The contact information for a lecturer or administrator who can confirm that the student is enrolled on a relevant course. Please ensure that the lecturer/administrator knows that they may be contacted.

3. An indication of where the student would be travelling from. (This is for the purpose of financial estimates relating to travel only; it will not be taken into account in awarding funding.)

The deadline for applications is Monday, 1 July 2019. In the event that there are more applicants than places, awardees will be chosen by lottery. Awardees will be notified by the end of July.

For questions about the application process or anything else, please send an email to the BSA Manager at admin@british-aesthetics.org.


Annual General Meeting of the British Society of Aesthetics

To be held in the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, Ruth Deech Building, St Anne’s College, Oxford, Saturday 7 September 2019, 14:00-14:30

Agenda
1. Apologies
2. Minutes of the last meeting
3. Matters arising
4. President’s report
5. Vice-President’s report
6. Treasurer’s report
7. Journal editors’ report
8. Postgraduate journal editors’ report
9. Website editor’s report
10. Conference organiser’s report
11. AOB


ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES

We aim to make this conference as accessible as possible, in line with [this] guidance for accessible conferences. To that end:

1. There will be a short break between each session and the Q&A, and delegates may step out if they need to.
2. We will permit questions during Q&A to be written down rather than spoken out loud.
3. Some funding is available towards the cost of sign-language interpretation. Contact us for more information.
4. A hearing loop is available in the main lecture theatre (Tsuzuki) but not currently in the adjacent lecture theatre for parallel sessions. Contact us if you will require a hearing loop.
5. Service animals have access all areas.
6. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
7. The venue has nearby disabled toilets.
8. The venue has a nearby quiet room.
9. The venue has available seating (seats at the front can be reserved on request).
10. No travel between venues is required as the meeting rooms and accommodation are all in close proximity.
11. There is nearby disabled parking.
12. We aim to accommodate all dietary requirements. Please state such needs when you register.

Do please contact us at admin@british-aesthetics.org if you have further questions not resolved above.

ARRIVING AT THE COLLEGE

The main front entrance (from Woodstock Road) to the College is level. Delegates will report to the Porter’s Lodge, at the main entrance, to sign in. One entrance to the Lodge is level whilst the second entrance has a ramp.

The Lodge is housed within the Ruth Deech Building, which has ramp access and a lift to reach the lower ground floor. The lift can take mobility scooters / wheelchairs.

Doors to enter the Ruth Deech Building open automatically.
Conference signs will be posted to direct you through the college.
There is free access to all areas for guide dogs.

REGISTRATION

The conference registration desk will be located outside the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre on the lower ground floor of the Ruth Deech building.

MEETING ROOMS

All our sessions take place in either the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre or Seminar Room 7. Both these rooms are off the foyer on the lower ground floor of the Ruth Deech building.

The Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre is tiered, with wheelchair spaces by the entrance. There is also wheelchair access for any speakers onto the stage via a ramp. Speakers are encouraged to use the microphone and table situated on the platform/stage.

Seminar Room 7 is flat-floored with easy access for wheelchair users.

Doors to Tsuzuki and SR 7 are not automatic; however, door stops can be used.

A hearing loop is available in the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre but not currently in SR 7.

Seats can be reserved at the front upon request.

The closest wheelchair accessible toilets are located in the foyer, approximately four metres from the meeting rooms.

The Conference Office is a quiet room, with seating, available nearby. This is at the opposite end of the foyer from the meeting rooms.

FOOD & REFRESHMENTS

Food and refreshments will be served in either the Dining Hall or the Ruth Deech foyer. The Dining Hall has a slight ramp to access. The Dining Hall has accessible toilets which are located approximately ten metres from the serving/seating area.

If you have a food allergy, please let us know when booking as the College requires details in advance of arrival.

ACCOMMODATION

All our delegate accommodation is in student rooms on campus. There are rooms specifically designed for disabled access. We ask delegates to advise us of their accommodation requirements upon booking, so that suitable accommodation can be reserved.

PARKING

Parking at the College is strictly disabled access only, booked in advance. We ask delegates to advise us of their requirements upon booking, so that spaces can be arranged according to individual needs.

COLLEGE BAR

The main entrance to the college bar is not wheelchair accessible and has a flight of stairs but arrangements can be made with the Lodge to escort delegates via an accessible route. Please let us know in advance so that we can make this arrangement at your convenience.

BREASTFEEDING ROOM AND BABYCHANGING FACILITIES

A room close to the meeting space can be reserved for this purpose. Please could you let us know at the point of booking if you will require this.

CHILDREN

Unfortunately St Anne’s is not able to accommodate children under 16 as there are no recreational areas or childcare facilities. There is no family accommodation. St Anne’s has provided a list of local hotels, including family-friendly accommodation. Please click here to download the PDF.

ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any requirements and we will do our best to meet your needs. We welcome suggestions that will help us improve future versions of this access information.

SITE MAP

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Policy on Harassment and Unwelcoming Behaviour*

The following policy applies to the BSA Annual Conference as well as to BSA Trustees Committee meetings, including meetings of any sub-committees. Organisers of conferences funded by the BSA are expected to have suitable policies in place. Members of the BSA Trustees Committee, whether elected, appointed or ex officio, are also expected to comply with the policy when representing the Society.

The BSA is committed to fostering an environment that is inclusive, tolerant of a diversity of views, perspectives and methodologies, and free from bias, discrimination, and intimidation. Accordingly, the BSA is dedicated to promoting a welcoming atmosphere for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression/assignment, sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, pregnancy or maternity, or belief, religion, or social or economic status.

We will not tolerate harassment of or discrimination against participants in any form. Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

– Disrespectful or dismissive behaviour or language on the basis of gender, gender identity or expression/assignment, sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, pregnancy or maternity, or belief, religion, or social or economic status;

– Unwelcome sexual attention;

– Inappropriate physical contact;

– Intimidation, stalking or following;

– Harassing photography or recording;

– Sustained disruption of talks or other participation;

– Inappropriate verbal content or images in presentations or in discussion.

The above list is not exhaustive. In general, we will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour that makes participants feel unwelcome at the Conference or at Trustees Meetings. BSA policy requires that participants must follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the BSA reserves the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. Penalties may range from warning the offender to expulsion from the conference with no refund up to and including expulsion from the Society and any future events.

Reporting Harassment

If you are the target of harassment or other unwelcoming behaviour, or you observe someone else being harassed, please report the incident as soon as possible. Harassment reduces the value of participation for everyone.

At the BSA Annual Conference you can make a report in person to one of two Conference Equalities Representatives (who will be identified on the conference page of our website) or anonymously online using the BSA Complaints Form.

In response to a report of harassment, the BSA President will normally appoint an ad hoc committee of members of the Society to investigate and recommend an appropriate course of action.

1. Reporting to a Conference Equalities Representative

 You can make confidential reports of harassment to one of two Conference Equalities Representatives (CER), who have been selected for the role by the BSA President. When taking a personal report, the CER will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. The CER may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. You may bring someone to support you in making a report. You will not be asked to confront anyone and the CER will not tell anyone who you are without your consent.

The CER will ask you what information can be shared with the BSA President and/or other BSA Officers.

2. Submitting an Anonymous Online Report

You can make an anonymous report online using the BSA Complaints Form

Submissions will not indicate who you are unless you choose to include this information in the report. However, it will be helpful to have as much information as possible about the nature of the incident, so that we can make appropriate queries and take appropriate action.

Because we cannot guarantee that online reports will be checked immediately, if any immediate action is required at the conference, we recommend that you report the incident to a CER or inform a CER that an online report has been submitted.

This policy has been modelled on the Policy on Harassment and Unwelcoming Behaviour of the British Society for Ethical Theory, with their permission.