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Workshop: Art and Imagination
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Workshop: Art and Imagination: the role of metaphors, tropes and images in shaping experience and guiding action.

Venue and Dates: San Francisco, April 2nd and 3rd, 2016.

Organised by the ArtSense Taste and Community project (Australian Research Council funded project)

This workshop is also sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetics; and hosted in part by the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division).

The problem we will address concerns the limitations of our communicative capacity. This involves considering what Kant referred to as communities of varying magnitude (AK 5: 313-20); that is, the sub-cultures within a society. The workshop will analyze the way cultural artefacts acquire meaning and value as an example of the process by which communities establish shared terms of reference.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Sean Cordeiro: perception through art
  • Cynthia Freeland: color and contemporary art
  • Ivan Gaskell: art and ethics
  • Paul Guyer: aesthetic judgment
  • Claire Healy: perception through art
  • Jane Kneller: aesthetic judgment & ethics
  • Keith Lehrer: social reason
  • Mohan Matthen: aesthetic pleasure
  • Jenny McMahon: imagination
  • Nancy Sherman: dance
  • Robert Sinnerbrink: film
  • Daniel von Sturmer: critique in the studio

The complete schedule for April 2-3 is available here.

Web site here.
The travel grant available to ASA members has been awarded to Leanne Carroll, Washington University, St. Louis.

This workshop is the first of two to be held in connection with the Australian Research Council funded ArtSense Taste and Community project. The project is directed by Associate Professor Jennifer A. McMahon, and the other researchers are Sean Cordeiro, Cynthia Freeland, Paul Guyer, Claire Healy, Mohan Matthen, Robert Sinnerbrink, and Daniel von Sturmer. The project aims to develop a framework for understanding the perception of meaning and value as a response to cultural artefacts. For more information visit our home page: ArtSense.

Jennifer A. McMahon
Associate Professor Philosophy
Director Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts
University of Adelaide, SA 5005
Ph: 61 8 83135296
Fax: 61 8 83134341
Secretary, Australasian Association of Philosophy
CRICOS Provider Number 00123M

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