2016 San Francisco, April 2 – 3

2017 Adelaide, July 3 – 6

2017 Melbourne, July 11

2017 Sydney, July 12 & 15

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Key Dates & Links

  July 4-6, Adelaide
  July 11, Melbourne
  July 12 & 15, Sydney
  Call for Papers
   AAP Conference


  35m + 20m Q&A
  Full written paper
  Submit by email
  Closed 30/11/2016
   Travel Grant

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The Arts & Imagination: the role of metaphors, tropes & images in shaping experience & guiding action



@ the University of Adelaide & the Art Gallery of South Australia


@ the Victorian College of the Arts

JULY 12th & 15th, 2017  •  SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES

@ the Art Gallery of New South Wales

The second ArtSense workshop will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, from July 3-6, 2017, as a stream within the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Conference. On July 11th there will be an event in Melbourne, Victoria, at the Victorian College of the Arts. Further events will then take place in Sydney, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, on July 12th &15th. Details are to follow shortly on the Melbourne event; for information on the others, see below.

Organised through the Australian Research Council funded ArtSense – Taste & Community project, the workshop is also sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetics (ASA).


Now closed, submissions were due: November 30 2016

Papers will address topics which bear upon the way cultural artifacts acquire meaning and value as an example of the process by which communities establish shared terms of reference.

Length & Format
The organisers invite proposals for presentations of 35 mins (+ 20 mins Q&A). There are 3-4 slots available. The proposal should be sent as a full length paper (reading time 35 mins) suitable for anonymous review.

Travel Grant
A travel grant of up to $2000 was made available to the best paper by an ASA member graduate student or untenured faculty who would not otherwise be able to access travel funds for this meeting. The grant has been awarded to Eleen M Deprez (Kent, UK).

Deadline for proposals was 30th November 2016. Address any enquiries to:

It is an assumption of our approach that bringing philosophers together from different areas and traditions within philosophy has immense potential for furthering understanding of the problems we seek to address within philosophy, and for philosophy’s relevance to the community more broadly.

Adelaide Workshop


July 3-6 2017
The Arts and Imagination workshop is a four day stream within the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) conference, July 2-6 2017.


  • Mohan Matthen (Toronto)
  • Sean Cordeiro (visual artist)
  • Jenny McMahon (Adelaide)
  • Cynthia Freeland (Houston)
  • James Phillips (UNSW)
  • Elizabeth B. Coleman (Monash)
  • Nicolas Bullot (Charles Darwin)
  • Nancy Sherman (Georgetown)
  • Paul Guyer (Brown)
  • Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie)
  • Claire Healy (visual artist)
  • Daniel von Sturmer (Monash)
  • David Macarthur (Sydney)
  • Michael Newall (Kent, UK)
American Society of Aesthetics travel grant, for best essay (postgraduate students and non-tenured staff), awarded to: Eleen M Deprez (Kent, UK)


  • Melvin Chen (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Joseph Kassman-Tod (Berkeley)
  • Matteo Ravasio (Auckland)
Michael Newallspeaker information
July 3 from 2pm – 5pm


Myths, metaphors and tropes: the narratives which guide studio practice


Hosted jointly with the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide, this is a free public event; registration at the AAP conference is not required. All welcome, and tea & coffee will be provided. There will be three presentations:


Michael Newall, Director of Learning & Teaching for the School of Arts, and Director of the MA in Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, will speak on the role of critique in studio practice.

  About Michael    Website


Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, visual artists who have received considerable international recognition for their work, will speak on the source of their ideas.

  About Claire & Sean    Website


Professor Jennifer Rutherford, Director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide, & author of Zombies (London, Routledge, 2013), will speak about the way metaphors are adopted from literature and come to dominate the concepts by which we understand experience.

  About Jennifer    Website


July 4 at 6pm


Afterwar: Contemporary and Ancient Lessons on Moral Injury and Healing

Nancy Sherman is to deliver the annual Alan Saunders memorial lecture, which will be recorded by the ABC, and featured on the Radio National network. The lecture draws on Nancy’s recent book Afterwar & outlines a philosophical view of moral injury and moral repair.



July 5 at 9am
Paul Guyer – AAP conference keynote


July 6 at 9am
Nancy Sherman – AAP conference keynote, Expression through Dance


July 5 evening
AAP Philosophy in the Pub event


July 6 at 7pm

The AAP 2017 Conference Dinner will be held at Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo.



Melbourne Event @ Victorian College of the Arts


July 11th

Time, venue & details are to be posted shortly.

Watch this space!



Sean Lowry (Head of Critical and Theoretical Studies in Art, VCA)

Jenny McMahon (University of Adelaide)




Sydney Events @ AGNSW


July 12 at 6.30pm

Professor Cynthia Freeland will give a public lecture on Portraits at the Art Gallery of NSW, in the lead-up to the Archibald Prize. Cynthia is the author of Portraits & Persons (OUP, 2010), read more about her work here.


This is a free, public event. All welcome.


July 15 11am – 5pm

Five philosophers speak on five artworks. We will be treated to five floor talks, involving dialogue with previously identified interlocutors, before opening up for general discussion. The aim is to show how philosophical perspectives can enrich the reception of artworks. The talks will be recorded for the AGNSW website.


A free public event, all welcome.


  • Paul Guyer (Brown)
  • Cynthia Freeland (Houston)
  • David Macarthur (Sydney)
  • Michael Newall (Kent, UK)
  • Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie)


  • Elizabeth B.Coleman (Monash)
  • Mohan Matthen (Toronto)
  • Jennifer A. McMahon (Adelaide)

Joining the philosopher interlocutors will be a number of leading visual artists to be invited by AGNSW (watch this space for details).


Among the discussants for this event will also be prominent visual artists Daniel von Sturmer, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro.

For further information

If you would like more information about the workshop, or about the ArtSense project in general …

Contact us

The ArtSense Taste&Community project is funded by the Australian Research Council. The project is directed by Jenny 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 artifacts.

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The workshop is organised through the ArtSense Taste and Community
research project, funded by the Australian Research Council for 2015 – 2017.
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The workshop is also sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetics (ASA)

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This workshop runs as a 4 day stream within the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) conference.

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