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Conference on Food, Art and Philosophy, UNAM, Mexico City, October 3-4, 2019. Co-sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetics

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When: October 3-4, 2019
10 am - 7 pm
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Institute of Philosophical Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
University City
Mexico City, Coyoscan  CP04510
Contact: Aaron Meskin & Paloma Atencia-Linares

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The American Society for Aesthetics Board of Trustees has approved a grant of $6,000 in support of an international two-day conference on Food, Art and Philosophy, at the Institute of Philosophical Research (IPR) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City. The conference will be held in October 3-4, 2019. 

The conference is organized by Dr. Paloma Atencia Linares, Research Associate at the Institute of Philosophical Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, and Dr. Aaron Meskin, currently Professor of Philosophical Aesthetics at the University of Leeds. (He will become Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Georgia next July.)

The conference, which will be free and open to the public, will include presentations by Prof. Axel Barceló (UNAM), Prof. Ophelia Deroy (LMU), Dr. Eileen John (Warwick) and Prof. Mohan Matthen. The three remaining talks will be by speakers who will be selected on the basis of a publicly and internationally advertised call for papers. One of them will be a graduate student, who will receive a travel grant funded by the ASA from the grant. All presentations will be in English.

The program will also include an interdisciplinary panel with Sarah Bak-Geller (Anthropology, UNAM), Miriam Bertran (History and Sociology, UAM), and Juan Escalona (Chef).

This is the first event that ASA has funded in Mexico.

General topic of the conference: The philosophy of food is an emerging and distinctive area of philosophical enquiry, and much of the work in this area has been informed by philosophical aesthetics. In recent years, philosophers have found it especially productive to explore connections between aesthetics and the philosophy of mind. This conference aims to bring together these two developments to explore what can be learned about food by approaching it from philosophical perspectives that are richly informed by our best aesthetic theories and our best theories of the mind.

The research areas we aim to address include the following:
  •  The role of cognition in the appreciation of art and food
  • Cognitive penetration and multimodal perception in food and art
  • Creativity in art and cooking
  • The role of the imagination in art and eating
  • The nature of representation in food and art
  • Multi-sensory experiences of food and art

CFP: We invite submissions on any issue related to the topic of the conference (and particularly on the specific research areas mentioned above). Extended abstracts should be no longer than 1500 words and should be accompanied by a 100-word abstract and a separate page with your contact details. Please prepare your submission for anonymous review. You can send the extended abstracts to

Note that, if accepted, your paper must be prepared for a 35 minute presentation and should not exceed 4000 words.

The deadline for submission of extended abstracts (1500 words) is 31st May 2019.

A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be collected in a special issue of Critica: Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, edited by the conference organizers.

Graduate student travel grants: We encourage graduate students to submit a paper. The winning graduate submission will be awarded a travel and accommodation grant to cover her/his expenses. Students do not need to be a member of the American Society for Aesthetics to submit a paper. However, the winner will be required to join ASA within 30 days after  notification.

We encourage submission of women, Latin American scholars and other historically underrepresented groups.

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