Race and Aesthetics: A British Society of Aesthetics Connections Conference

As attentive readers of this blog might have noticed, we have become increasingly interested in the intersection of race and aesthetics in connection with experimental methods. (See this post, this post, and this post.) We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a British Society of Aesthetics Connections Grant to organize

Race and Aesthetics: A British Society of Aesthetics Connections Grant Conference

Here is a brief overview of the conference aim and themes:

Nearly 100 years ago, the two founding giants of the academic field that became philosophy of race–W.E.B. Du Bois and Alain Locke–debated the proper social and artistic conception of black aesthetics. Since then, there has been impressive growth in both philosophy of race and philosophical aesthetics. Unfortunately, the advances in each of these philosophical fields seemed to have gone unnoticed by the other (with a few exceptions). Our aim with this conference is to reunite philosophy of race and philosophical aesthetics.

To return the spirit of Du Bois and Locke to contemporary discourse, we have invited philosophers who tackle philosophical problems related to race from diverse perspectives and philosophical aestheticians with demonstrated interest in race. We have chosen three intersections between race and aesthetics to focus on: psychology, politics, and methods.