CFP: Graduate Student Comparative Philosophy Conference in Hawaii


Cross Currents: Aesthetic Distributions

March 14-16, 2014 at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa


Keynote Speakers:

Joseph Tanke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Philosophy at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.  Dr. Tanke has lectured and published extensively on Aesthetics, Continental Philosophy, and the History of Philosophy.  He is the author of Foucault’s Philosophy of Art: A Genealogy of Modernity and Jacques Rancière: An Introduction—Philosophy, Politics, and Aesthetics.  Dr. Tanke is also the co-editor of the Bloomsbury Anthology of Aesthetics, a major new textbook for courses in the philosophy of art.

Peng Feng, Ph.D.

Dr. Peng is Professor at the School of Arts and the co-director of the Center for Aesthetics and Aesthetic Education at Peking University.  He is an authority on Aesthetics and Contemporary Art.  Dr. Peng Feng is also one of the most important curators working in China. He is responsible for the creation of over 200 shows, including the Chinese Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale and the International Sculpture Biennial in Datong, China.

The Uehiro Cross Currents Philosophy Conference showcases exceptional work by graduate and advanced undergraduate students in comparative philosophy (though not limited to East-West comparisons). Given this year’s speakers, we invite high-quality papers dealing with topics in Aesthetics, broadly construed. What might the reemergence of interest in the field of aesthetics mean for comparative philosophy? What is the importance of art, literature, music, and film for philosophy more generally? What does the interdisciplinary analysis of art objects have to contribute to the theorization of art? How is ‘art’ understood, interpreted, and valued differently by different cultures?  How does aesthetics relate to other areas of philosophical study, such as metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and politics? In what ways do ethical and political concerns affect the production and reception of works of art? Papers dealing with (though not limited to) such questions will be most welcome.

Email full papers or abstracts to  Papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation. In the body of the email include: 1) Your name, 2) Title of the paper, 3) Institutional affiliation, 4) Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address), and 5) Whether you would like to be considered for a travel award. Send documents in word format with no identifying information for blind review. Notification of acceptance will be sent by January 20th, 2014.

The Uehiro Student Essay Award will be presented to the best student presentation. Competitive partial travel subsidies will be available this year for both international and domestic travel. All submissions will be considered for possible publication in the Uehiro Conference Proceedings, published in the past by Cambridge Scholars Press.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education provides substantial support for this conference.

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