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: