BSA Synergy Conference Scheme


The British Society of Aesthetics is pleased to announce a new funded conference initiative, the BSA Synergy series. The Society is initially looking to fund one conference with a grant of up to £12,000.

The conference should be designed to enhance the dialogue between analytic philosophers, and historians, theorists, critics or practitioners of any of the individual arts. Roughly half of the speakers at the conference should be analytic philosophers (some of whom ought to be specialists in the philosophy of art), and the other half should consist of theorists, historians, critics or practitioners of one or more art forms. Papers should examine what analytic philosophy can bring to the theory, history, criticism or practice of the individual arts; or how the theory, history, criticism or practice of the individual arts can deepen, modify or challenge analytic philosophy of art.

The conference should be held within one year of the notification of a successful application; it must be held in the UK, though the organisers need not be based there; and the organisers are responsible for all practical matters concerning its running. The conference should include ‘British Society of Aesthetics Synergy‘ in its title, and all conference materials should publicise the role of the BSA. The conference should also conform to the Good Practice Policy of the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy (

Proposals should be sent to no later than Monday 22 January 2018. They should be no more than 2,200 words long, and include a proposed date range and venue, a draft budget, an explanation of how the conference conforms to the BPA/SWIP guidelines, and a list of proposed speakers and topics (indicating which speakers have already agreed to contribute, conditional on the success of the application). Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications by the end of February 2018. A final budget and conference report must be supplied within 18 months of the event date.

Any questions about this Call for Proposals should be addressed to the President of the BSA, Berys Gaut

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