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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.


Claire Anscomb awarded John Fisher Memorial Prize 2021 by American Society for Aesthetics

The Aesthetics Research Centre is excited to announce that associate member and Kent alumna Dr. Claire Anscomb has been awarded the John Fisher Memorial prize by the American Society for Aesthetics.

Dr. Anscomb received her PhD. from the University of Kent in the History and Philosophy of Art in 2019. Her winning paper entitled “Creative Agency as Executive Agency: Grounding the Artistic Significance of Automatic Images,” selected by the JAAC editorial board review committee from eight nominations, will be published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism and will be presented at the ASA Annual Meeting in Montreal November 17-20, 2021.

The Fisher Prize is awarded by the American Society for Aesthetics in alternating years to an original essay to foster the development of new voices and talent in the field of aesthetics.

Dr. Anscomb’s paper abstract can be read here

RESEARCH EVENTS 2021
To be updated

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

10 June, 14:00-18:00
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 & Zoom links here

SELECTED PAST RESEARCH EVENTS

12 May 2021
The Reality of Aesthetic Injustice.
Aesthetics Research Seminar with Dr. 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.

3 March 2021
Aesthetics Research Centre Seminar with Kathrine Cuccuru
Recording here

22 February 2021
Medical Humanities Reading Group
Presentation by Dieter Declercq

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 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

Members

Director

Prof Murray Smith (Film, University of Kent)

Associate Director

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

Webmaster

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

Members

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 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)

Aurélie Debaene (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)

Caitlin 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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