The Aesthetics Research Centre coordinates, enables and promotes research in philosophy of art and aesthetics at the University of Kent. ARC brings together faculty and postgraduate students from four different departments and three different schools and is characterised by a strong interdisciplinary ethos.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Deadline 31st August
BSA Workshop on the Aesthetics of Public Art (WAPA)
10-11th November 2022, King’s College London

Virtual Summer Aesthetics Festival – May – August 2022


The American Society for Aesthetics, the British Society of Aesthetics, and the Aesthetics Research Centre at the University of Kent are pleased to announce the 2022 Virtual Summer Aesthetics Festival. The festival seeks to enable persons interested in aesthetics to share work-in-progress with other such scholars for dialogue and discussion.

For more details including submission eligibility/requirements please read more here.


Links to each session can be requested by contacting ARC directors;
m.s.smith@kent.ac.uk | d.declercq-324@kent.ac.uk

7th May 2022
BSA Symposium on Revaluing the Life Model in Art Practice
More information here

10 June 2021
Book Symposium on Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight: A Philosophical Exploration, edited by Hans Maes (University of Kent) and Katrien Schaubroeck (University of Antwerp).
Symposium programme here

12 May 2021
‘The Reality of Aesthetic Injustice.’
Aesthetics Research Seminar with Daisy Dixon (Cambridge University).
Abstract here

23 March 2021
ARC Book Symposium: Dieter Declercq’s Satire, Comedy and Mental Health
More info and recordings here.

10 February 2021
Kent Philosophy Work in Progress Seminar
‘The Paradox of Football’ – Presentation by Murray Smith
More info here

9 February 2021
Aesthetics Research Centre Postgraduate Work in Progress Seminar
Presentations by Claire Anscomb and Dr. David Brown

LIVE-STREAM: Thursday 28 May 2020
Associate Professor Jason Leddington (Bucknell University)
“Savouring the Impossible”
watch recording

28–29 February 2020
British Society for Aesthetics Postgraduate Conference. Beyond Human: Aesthetics of Nature and Technology
Keynotes: Glenn Parsons, Katja Kwastek.
Info here

7–9 February 2020,
British Society for Aesthetics Conference: Art, Aesthetics and the Medical and Health Humanities.
Keynotes: Rita Charon, Paul Crawford, Sheila Lintott, Jenefer Robinson.
Info here



Prof Murray Smith (Film, University of Kent)

Associate Director

Dr Dieter Declercq (Film and Media Studies, University Of Kent)

Early Career Lead

Dr Aurélie Debaene (History and Philosophy of Art, Kent)

Advisory Committee

Professor David Davies (McGill, Canada)
Professor Matthew Kieran (University of Leeds, UK)
Professor Jerrold Levinson (University of Maryland, USA)
Professor Paisley Livingston (Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China)
Professor Jennifer McMahon (University of Adelaide, Australia)
Professor Alex Neill (Southampton University, UK)
Professor Elisabeth Schellekens (University of Uppsala)
Professor Kathleen Stock (University of Sussex, UK)


George Turner: george.turner [at] worc.ox.ac.uk


Dr Francesca Cavallo (GCDC Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Arts)

Dr Graeme A. Forbes (Philosophy, University of Kent)

Dr Jonathan Friday (History and Philosophy of Art, University of Kent)

Dr Edward Kanterian (Philosophy, University of Kent)

Prof Simon Kirchin (Philosophy, University of Kent)

Dr Hans Maes (History and Philosophy of Art, University of Kent)

Dr Shaun May (Drama, Theatre and Media, University of Kent)

Dr Lubomira Radoilska (Philosophy, University of Kent)

Dr Dominic Topp (Film, University of Kent)

Dr Margrethe Bruun Vaage (Film, University of Kent)

Dr Freya Vass-Rhee (Drama, University of Kent)

Dr Sean Williams (School of Music and Fine Arts, Audio Electronics, University of Kent)


Associate Members

Dr Claire Anscomb (History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts, Kent)

Dr David Brown (Film, School of Arts, Kent)

Dr Kathrine Cuccuru (University of Sussex)

Dr Eleen M. Deprez (Curator Studio 3 Gallery, School of Arts, Kent)

Luca Marchetti (PhD candidate University of Milan)

Dr Neil McCarthy

Dr Shelby Moser (Azusa Pacific University)

Dr Michael Newall (History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts, Kent)

Dr Mark Windsor (History and Philosophy of Art, University of Kent)


Postgraduate Members

Marta Colombo (PhD Candidate History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts)

Alice C. Helliwell (PhD Candidate History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts)

Fen Newman (PhD Candidate History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts)

George Turner (MSt in Film Aesthetics, University of Oxford)

Peter Windle (PhD Candidate History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts)

C. A. York (PhD Candidate History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts)




Talks & Conferences

Here you can find video, audio, and photos from past research events.
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Earlier Events