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Conference on Aesthetic Normativity May 19-20, 2017 in Salt Lake City. Free and open to the public.

5/19/2017 to 5/20/2017
When: May 19-20, 2017
Where: Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
20 S W Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah  84101
United States
Contact: John Dyck & Thi Nguyen

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The American Society for Aesthetics has approved funding of $5,200 in support of a conference on Aesthetic Normativity, May 19-20, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The conference is organized by John Dyck (PhD student at CUNY Graduate Center) and C. Thi Nguyen (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Utah Valley University). Additional funding is being provided by Utah Valley University and the University of Utah.

The conference will be held at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City. Dominic McIver Lopes (Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia) will be the keynote speaker. Confirmed speakers also include Nicholas Riggle (University of San Diego), Paul C. Taylor (Penn State University), and Katherine Thomson-Jones (Oberlin College).

The conference will be free and open to the public, although pre-registration will be required. Pre-register at the conference website: <>.

Aesthetic and artistic normativity pertain to what’s good or bad in beauty and art. They speak to what makes something—or someone—beautiful or ugly. We are seeing a renewed attention to normative issues in philosophy of art and aesthetics. The goal of this conference is to discuss and assess directions for research.

Papers may consider the following questions, but are by no means limited to them:

  • How binding are aesthetic reasons? Are they universal? Partial?
  • Is aesthetic or artistic value ideal or non-ideal?
  • What is the relationship between aesthetic/artistic taste and love?
  • Are there general principles or standards of artistic or aesthetic value?
  • How do norms of art and beauty interact with issues of gender, race, and class?
  • How do normative issues play out in particular artforms or aesthetic domains?
  • Are there any artistic or aesthetic obligations? Does an artist have obligations to an artistic community, tradition, or audience? Does an audience have a duty to appreciate certain kinds of art?

We welcome submission from any scholar working on issues of aesthetic normativity. The submission deadline was February 1, 2017; we will make decisions by March. Papers must be 3,000 words or less (not including footnotes), accompanied by a 200 word abstract, and prepared for blind review. Please send submissions and questions to <>. We especially welcome submissions from historically under-represented groups and minorities. We aim to foster a diverse conference, consistent with the aims of the Gendered Conference Campaign. Each person whose paper is accepted will receive up to $650 for travel and hotel costs.

The conference is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. Pre-register at the conference website: <>.

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