Welcome

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.

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Members

Directors

Dr Hans Maes
Prof Murray Smith
Dr Michael Newall

Members

Our Postgraduate members

    • Alaina Piro Schempp (Phd Candidate Film, School of Arts)
    • Angelo Cioffi (Phd Candidate History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts)
    • Claire Anscombe (Phd Candidate History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts)
    • Dieter Declercq (Film, School of Arts)
    • Eleen M Deprez (Phd Candidate History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts)
    • Francesca Cavallo (Phd Candidate History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts)
    • Neil McCarthy (PhD Candidate Film, School of Arts)
    • Jade Wackett (Phd Candidate History of Art, School of Arts)
    • Sabina Sitoianu (Phd Candidate Film, School of Arts)
    • Sara Janssen (Phd Candidate Film and History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts)
    • Shelby Moser (Phd Candidate History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts)
    • Tracey Falcon (Phd Candidate History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts)

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)
  • Associate Professor Jennifer McMahon (University of Adelaide, Australia)
  • Professor Alex Neill (Southampton University, UK)
  • Professor Elisabeth Schellekens (University of Uppsala & University of Durham)
  • Dr. Kathleen Stock (University of Sussex, UK)

Research expertise 

The group has particular research expertise around visual art forms including painting, photography and film; depiction and representation; intersections between ethics and aesthetics; beauty, taste and the sublime in 18th century aesthetics; the aesthetics of popular music; the interrelations between art and science; and topics in the contemporary philosophy of art.

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Talks & Conferences

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

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