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Aesthetics and Ethics in the Digital Age 2021

British Society of Aesthetics Conference Aesthetics and Ethics in the Digital Age, July 6-7 2021, Cambridge

Venue: Recital Room, Faculty of Music, West Road.

Submissions are invited for the upcoming British Society of Aesthetics conference Aesthetics and Ethics in the Digital Age.

The aim of this conference is to explore some developments in recent practice that raise new and interesting questions for the philosophy of art. Artists, or at least Avant Garde artists, produce art as a response to, and commentary on, contemporary life and the contemporary world. Avant Garde art is also characterised by trying to change the world to what the artists believe will be a better future. There is a set of artists (from across the visual and performance arts and crafts) working independently in different parts of the world, who are creating new forms of technological interfaces and experimenting with the biological, the nano and the digital. At the heart of all their works is a deep ethos of balancing the aesthetic and the ethical in how we relate with others and our environment, whether in the same physical space or as distributed bodies. The spheres of the arts, sciences, and (in particular) technology overlap both to explore and to attempt to change the way in which we live in the world. These artistic practices raise questions about the interaction between aesthetics and ethics that go beyond those familiar to us in discussions over the past decade or so. Indeed, the whole area is largely unexplored by Analytic Aesthetics (at least in the UK). The aim of this conference is to bring together artists and theorists to explore the issues raised.

Abstracts of up to 1000 words should be submitted as an email attachment to Satinder Gill () and Derek Matravers (). Please include the talk title, author’s name, affiliation and contact details in the body of email; and please write “BSA Conference Submission” in the subject line.  Abstracts should outline a talk lasting 25 minutes, on a topic related to the topic of the conference. The deadline for submissions is the end of 28th February 2021.

There will be no registration fee for the conference. UK-based contributing speakers will be encouraged to apply for the BSA Travel Stipend to cover travel and accommodation costs. The conference will adhere to BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme.

For more information, please email Satinder Gill or Derek Matravers (emails above).

https://fass.open.ac.uk/research/conferences/AEDA