Call for Abstracts: Early Career X-Phi / Aesthetics Workshop

We are hosting a workshop aimed at early career researchers at Leeds, after the British Society of Aesthetics 2014 annual conference and before our workshop on values and concepts of art. We invite early career researchers to submit abstracts on values and concepts of art, as well as on any experimental work that connects to philosophical aesthetics.


One of the goals of the Experimental Philosophical Aesthetics project (Marie Curie Action Grant PIIF-GA-2012-328977) is to facilitate the transfers of knowledge and skills between researchers of diverse backgrounds. We think promoting works of early career researchers is an effective way to accomplish that goal.

On September 22nd, 2014, we will hold a workshop for early career researchers in aesthetics and in experimental philosophy. We aim to have 4-6 papers of 6000 words or less. All the papers will be pre-read. Each session will start with a short comment followed by extended discussion. Refreshments and lunch will be catered. Drs Catharine Abell (Manchester), Christy Mag Uidhir (Houston), and Aaron Meskin (Leeds) will serve as mentors at this workshop.

We invite papers that are on values and concepts of art or feature experimental work that connects to philosophical aesthetics. Please submit a 500-word abstract suitable for anonymous review, as an attachment, to xphiaesthetics@gmail.com.

The submission deadline is August 15th, 2014. We will notify authors by August 31st, 2014. Abstracts will be selected on the basis of quality, relevance to the project’s aims, and potential interest for all workshop participants. Underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

We also invite volunteers for commenters. Each commenter will deliver a 5-minute comment on a workshop paper to start off the discussion. (If you are submitting an abstract, you can simply note that you’d be interested in being a commenter in the same email.)

(An early career researcher, for our purpose, is defined as someone who has not received a PhD, received a PhD within the last three years, or is not currently employed in a tenure-track-equivalent position.)

Again, this is intended as a workshop whose participants are expected to read all of the papers in advance, to attend all of the sessions, and to come prepared for discussion. Please only submit an abstract or volunteer to comment if you plan to be a responsible workshop participant.

Please email xphiaesthetics@gmail.com if you have any questions!