Please note that the Synergy award now runs biennially and in alternate years to our Connections award. The next call for applications will be announced in late 2022, with a deadline of January 2023. Below is our previous call, for information only.

The British Society of Aesthetics is pleased to announce a third round of funding for its latest conference initiative, the BSA Synergy series. The Society is looking to fund one conference with a grant of up to £12,000.

The conference should be designed to enhance the dialogue between analytic philosophers, and historians, theorists, critics or practitioners of any of the arts. Roughly half of the speakers at the conference should be analytic philosophers (some of whom ought to be specialists in the philosophy of art), and the other half should consist of theorists, historians, critics or practitioners of one or more art forms. Papers should examine what analytic philosophy can bring to the theory, history, criticism or practice of the individual arts; or how the theory, history, criticism or practice of the individual arts can deepen, modify or challenge analytic philosophy of art.

The conference should be held within one year of the notification of a successful application; it must be held in the UK, though the organisers need not be based there; and the organisers are responsible for all practical matters concerning its running. The conference should include ‘British Society of Aesthetics Synergy’ in its title, and all conference materials should publicise the role of the BSA. The conference should also conform to the Good Practice Policy of the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy.

Organisers are also asked to encourage members of other underrepresented groups to submit papers/abstracts and to take diversity into account when making decisions for inclusion in the programme.

Proposals should be sent to no later than Monday 20 January 2020. They should be no more than 2,200 words long, and include a proposed date range and venue, a draft budget, an explanation of how the conference conforms to the BPA/SWIP guidelines, and a list of proposed speakers and topics (indicating which speakers have already agreed to contribute, conditional on the success of the application). Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications by the end of February 2020. A final budget and conference report must be supplied within 18 months of the event date.

The BSA strongly prefers to sponsor events that are open and free to all. So if insisting on a registration fee, this must be justified. Also, note that it is not necessary to budget substantial expenditure in support of UK-based early career speakers (e.g., postgraduates, those who have completed their PhD within the past 3 years, and those in temporary/fixed-term contracts without access to travel funding). Instead, such speakers are to be encouraged by applicants to seek funding through the BSA Travel Stipend scheme, which can provide travel support of up to £800 per year to each applicant. Full details of the scheme are available here: Where this funding is insufficient to cover such speakers, or one or more speakers has used their £800 for the year, only then should expenditure in support of UK-based early career speakers be budgeted.

Where the application includes funds for an output, e.g., a short film, a podcast or similar, proof of past experience must be supplied so that the BSA can be assured as to the quality of the final product.

On request, funds are available to facilitate the participation of disabled speakers and delegates; suitable documentation will be required.

Any questions about this Call for Proposals should be addressed to the Treasurer of the BSA, Dan Cavedon-Taylor

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