This is another call for papers I received last night (thanks Erin Manning!) focusing on ideas of aesthetic experience. This will be taking place February 19020, 2014 at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario. All the information is below as well as the original call in pdf.
The theme of the conference is aesthetic experience, as manifested in our interaction with works of art and our environment. Papers may fall under either a theoretical approach or a historical approach. Theoretical papers should directly address questions relating to the theme of the conference, including but not limited to:
Why do we experience some objects as beautiful and others not?
What separates aesthetic experiences from meaningful everyday experiences? Is there a distinction between the two?
What is the role and relation of emotions to aesthetic experiences?
What is the relation between the aesthetic experience and works of art? Is it necessary or contingent for works of art to provide an aesthetic experience?
How does this experience change us, and what can we learn from it?
How can this experience be explained psychologically, biologically, linguistically, or socially?
Historical papers should explicate what previous thinkers, be they philosophers, psychologists, or art critics, have held regarding this topic.
Papers both in English and French language are accepted. This bilingual conference encourages academic papers from different disciplines, including music, visual arts, literature, film studies, psychology, and philosophy. Professors and graduate students are requested to submit only a title and a 100-word abstract of the paper in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf format. The presentation should be no more than 30 minutes, and there will be a 15 minutes discussion after every presentation.
The submission deadline is Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
Submissions should be directed to
If there are any general questions concerning the conference, please direct them to