Call for Papers

Sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics and British Psychological Society, London & Home Counties branch

5:30pm-8pm Thursday 30 June and 9am-6pm Friday 1 July 2016
London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, W1G 0BJ


Confirmed Keynote Speakers
 Professor Claus-Christian Carbon (Psychology, Bamberg)
 Cynthia Freeland (Philosophy, Houston)


Jason Kass, Carolyn Mair (London College of Fashion) and Aaron Meskin (University of Leeds)

The Centre for Aesthetics at the University of Leeds and the Psychology group at London College of Fashion are pleased to announce the hosting of an interdisciplinary conference on the aesthetic and psychological issues raised by fashion. The conference will be hosted by London College of Fashion and is sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics and the British Psychological Society, London & Home Counties branch.

Fashion has received little attention from psychologists and philosophical aestheticians. The neglect of psychology and philosophy by the fashion world is just as glaring. But there are substantive issues within the fashion world that would benefit from the attention of psychologists and philosophers of art. In recent years, philosophical aesthetics has been invigorated by an engagement with the cognitive sciences. It has also benefited from close attention to the workings of particular forms and media. This conference seeks to follow that path by bringing together philosophical aestheticians and fashion experts with psychologists.

We invite talk proposals on any topic relevant to the conference theme. Please send an abstract (450-500 words) suitable for anonymous review as an attachment to and include in the main text of the email the following: paper title, contact information, and current affiliation (if applicable).

In writing your abstract, please bear in mind that full papers should be suitable for a 30-40 minute presentation.

The submission deadline is 31 January 2016.

Members of traditionally underrepresented groups in academia and junior scholars are warmly encouraged to apply. We aim to be a family-friendly and child-friendly conference and we will do our best to help with childcare needs.

Further questions can be directed to Aaron Meskin at:






CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – AIMS & OBJECTIVES: As the second stage in our EU funded ’Made@EU’ Creative Europe project, Plymouth College of Art are offering between 3 and 5 subsidized residencies to a value of between £1000 and £4000 each for creative professionals to develop projects that explore the integration of 3-D digital fabrication systems into their processes of design and production, to realize a new outcome. While we envisage the projects as operating within the £1-4K range, we will consider applications whose budgets might go a little beyond the £4K ceiling in order to support a particularly outstanding project.

The residency call is geared to highly motivated creatives who will develop projects that exhibit innovative formal, technical, aesthetic, social, or economic achievements, within their form(s) of practice.

In return Plymouth College of Art will, depending on project requirements, offer access and support to an array of appropriate traditional creative processes, plus a suite of computer-controlled tools. We envisage the residencies lasting from anything from 3 weeks continuous to, for example, 1 week per month for 3 months. The residencies can be Part Time or Full Time, with flexible schedules to be agreed with applicants, according to the project proposed.

Selected candidates will also have opportunities to show their completed project work in a range of national and international exhibition and dissemination events that will take place from the summer of 2016 on.



Research as Gesture – Workshop 1


What is working in the here and now? The making of art and the undoing of ‘research’

 The term ‘research’ is now commonly deployed at all levels of Fine Art teaching. But, in what way does the term have ‘critical’ purchase and in what way does any kind of critical purchase offer the possibility of questioning its own parameters for research?

What is working in the here and now? proposes to forge a critique of the presuppositions underlying these continuing discussions through a series of workshop seminars with invited artists, and writers.

Professor Adrian Rifkin and John Seth will be presenting and hosting 4 Workshops/Seminars over the Spring and Summer Term on the topic of research as gesture.


Workshop 1: Figures of research or research as figure

Wednesday 13 January, 5:30, Room C303, CSM, KX

The series will begin with asking ‘What anyway is any research and what is it looking for?’


Book here:



Research As Gesture is open to all UAL Doctoral Students. Spaces are limited.


Research As Gesture is supported by the Art Programme at CSM .

The Doctoral Platform at CSM offers PhD candidates the space in which to meet, share research, as well as co-ordinate, curate and participate in a variety of events.

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