Intramural Arts & Humanities Workshop

Spectacles resting on an opened book.

The Art & Ethics project has organized a workshop for research on the project theme conducted across the University of Southampton’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities. We are pleased to announce that the workshop schedule has now been finalized.

The event spans two days, with two papers on the 23rd May, and three on the 30th. A full schedule is given below. All are welcome.

The workshop is pre-read, meaning papers will be distributed beforehand, read, and discussed at the workshop. Potential participants should email us (artandethics@soton.ac.uk) in order to receive copies of the papers. Papers will be distributed around the 10th May.

Schedule:

All events in the Confucius Boardroom (Parkes Building 65, Room 2123). Access information here.

Thursday, 23rd May

13:00 – 14:15: Andrew Pinnock (Music)
The Menace of Meritocracy: Unmasking Inequality in the Creative and Cultural Industries

14:30 – 15:45: Nils-Hennes Stear (Philosophy)
Imagining in Oppressive Contexts, or, ‘What’s Wrong with Blacking Up?’ (co-written with Robin Zheng)

Thursday, 30th May

11:00 – 12:15: Will May (English)
Sinister Whimsy: Poetry, Politics & Poor Form

13:00 – 14:15: Megen De Bruin-Mole (Digital Media)
The Gothic and Remix Culture

14:30 – 15:45: Laura Lewis (Anthropology)
Modesty and Modernity: Photography, Race, and Representation on Mexico’s Costa Chica (Guerrero)

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Call for Abstracts: ‘Beauty and Goodness: Exploring the Intersection’

‘Beauty and Goodness: Exploring the Intersection’

University of Southampton, 19th and 20th of September, 2019

This two day conference is a collaboration between the European Commission-funded research project Art and Ethics and the Aesthetics and Ethics Research Group. It will take place on the 19th and 20th of September 2019 at the University of Southampton.

The conference’s aim is to get ethicists to think about issues in aesthetics and aestheticians to think about those in ethics, or something in between the two sub-disciplines, in the hope of setting a precedent of mutually beneficial exchanges. Possible issues the conference may address include, but are not limited to:

  • The relationship between aesthetic and ethical value in the arts
  • Similarities and differences between virtue theoretic approaches to both fields
  • The role of aesthetic considerations to living well, doing good, or right action
  • Meta-normative questions about the (dis)unity of the different values

Our confirmed keynote speakers are Prof Paul C. Taylor and Prof Heather Widdows.

We are pleased to invite abstracts sufficiently in keeping with this aim of no more than 1,000 words. Abstracts should:

  • Outline the paper’s principal argument(s)
  • Give a good sense of the paper’s philosophical contribution(s).
  • Be anonymized.

Papers should be suitable for a 35-minute presentation, followed by 30 minutes for discussion.

Please submit your abstract to artandethics@soton.ac.uk with the subject heading ‘Beauty and Goodness’. The deadline is the 7th June, 2019. Potential applicants with doubts about the suitability of their paper may contact us at artandethics@soton.ac.uk.

We will cover the cost of travel for authors without access to relevant research funds, and up to three nights’ accommodation where the cost of this would be otherwise prohibitive. We will also aim to provide and pay for authors’ childcare, should it be required, through the University of Southampton’s Early Years Centre. Applicants should inform us of their eligibility for support once their papers have been accepted. Authors who are unable to participate in person, will be invited to participate remotely via video-conferencing software.

We sincerely encourage participants from groups whose voices are disproportionately excluded from philosophical discourse to submit abstracts.

The conference is being organized in accordance with the BPA/SWIP’s Good Practice Scheme and their Guidelines for Accessible Conferences.

Accessibility Information

We aim to make this conference as accessible as possible, in line with the SWIP/BPA guidance for accessible conferences. While the precise venue is yet to be confirmed, we anticipate that the event will take place in Building 65, Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, Southampton, SO17 1BF, and that…

  • We will be able to provide a hearing loop if it is required.
  • We will be able to permit service animals to attend.
  • The venue will be wheelchair accessible.
  • The venue will have nearby accessible toilets.
  • We will be able to provide a quiet room if it is required.
  • The venue will have available seating.
  • There will be nearby parking to all venues.
  • There will be at least a 15 minute break between each 70 minute session.
  • We will be able to permit written, rather than spoken, questions during discussion.

Accessibility information about the building (Building 65) can be found here: https://www.accessable.co.uk/venues/building-65-parkes

Upcoming Art & Ethics/AERG Conference

Art & Ethics has finalized plans for its final event, ‘Beauty and Goodness: Exploring the Intersection’, a two day conference taking place on the 19th and 20th of September 2019 at the University of Southampton.

The conference will feature eight speakers in total, including two keynote speakers: Profs. Heather Widdows and Paul C. Taylor. A Call for Abstracts will be announced here, as elsewhere, soon.

The conference’s motivation is to get ethicists to think about issues in aesthetics and aestheticians to think about those in ethics, or something in between the two sub-disciplines, in the hope of setting a precedent of mutually beneficial exchanges.

The conference forms a capstone to the Art and Ethics project and is supported in part by a generous grant from the Thought Trust. It is also a collaboration with the newly founded Aesthetics and Ethics Research Group (AERG) for whom it represents the inaugural event.

The conference is open to the public and has been organized according to both the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme and their Guidelines for Accessible Conferences. We have allotted up to £800 to cover accommodations (such as intepreters) relating to disability or similar.

The conference also provides speakers funding for childcare for the duration of the conference, as well as covering their travel and accommodation costs. Additionally, four travel subventions of up to £100 are available for postgraduates or other ECRs who wish to attend and who do not have access to research funding.

Art and Ethics Workshop

Workshop participants

On Friday, 18th January, the Art and Ethics project’s first workshop took place. The well-attended event featured presentations by Moonyoung Song (University of Maryland), Adriana Clavel-Vázquez, James Harold (Mount Holyoke College), and Becca Rothfeld (Harvard University).

Song presented ‘The Ambiguity of ‘Moral Defect’ and Its Implications’, in which she points out that theorists in the debates surrounding aesthetic moralism have failed to distinguish between higher- and lower-level moral defects. As such, some arguments in this debate talk past each other rather than offering meaningfully opposed positions. Moreover, only those theories appealing to higher-level moral virtues and defects establish an interesting interaction between the aesthetic and the ethical.

Clavel-Vázquez’s paper, ‘The Case for Contextual Autonomism’, argues for the bold view that fictions are not ethically evaluable qua fictions. Roughly, fictions fail to meet the necessary conditions to be properly ethically assessed because the attitudes they prescribe appreciators to adopt towards their representations, if any, are quarantined from the actual world. As such ethical criticism or praise purportedly directed at works of fiction are actually (or ought to be) directed at something external to the work, such as the author of the work or its context of creation.

Workshop participants

Harold presented ‘Alain Locke and the Aims of the Artist’. In it, he explores some of the writings of Alain Locke, particularly those in response to WEB Dubois’ view of art as necessarily propagandistic, and their implications for contemporary discussions of how ethical and aesthetic values interact in artworks. Harold argues that Locke’s unique value system offers a ‘third way’ between views that deny any interaction and those that affirm it. Neither value is fully determinate; it is the function of art to offer new visions for how to apply our value concepts.

Becca Rothfeld closed the workshop with ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ in which she reverses the normal order of inquiry. Instead of asking how ethical properties affect aesthetic ones, she considers how aesthetic properties (specifically, those picked out by ‘thick’ aesthetic concepts) affect ethical ones, arguing that sometimes the former partially ground the latter. Her arguments focus on cases of works that adopt a precious attitude towards important or sensitive subject matters, citing the lack of fit between the attitude and subject matter as explanatory of the moral failing.

We greatly enjoyed all the presentations, the excellent questions and discussion, and the warm company. We wish our participants luck with their papers and further projects.

Call for Registration: Art and Ethics Workshop #1

Friday, 18th January, 2019, University of Southampton

As part of the European Commission-funded research project Art and Ethics, the University of Southampton’s department of philosophy is hosting a one-day workshop at its Avenue Campus.

The workshop is designed to maximize the benefit to the authors presenting their work. Papers will therefore be circulated at least a week in advance and participants asked to pre-read them. Discussions will last around 90 minutes per paper.

 

Registration Form

We are inviting any interested parties who plan to attend to register by filling in this form by Friday the 11th January at the very latest. The event is free and open to the public.

Besides general planning, registration is necessary for the timely distribution of papers to participants before the workshop.

 

Schedule

10:00 – 11:30   Moonyoung Song (University of Maryland)

The Ambiguity of ‘Moral Defect’ and Its Implications

11:45 – 13:15   Dr. Adriana Clavel-Vázquez (University of Sheffield)

The Case for Contextual Autonomism

13:15 – 14:45   Break for lunch

14:45 – 16:15   Prof. James Harold (Mount Holyoke College)

Alain Locke and the Aims of the Artist

16:30 – 18:00  Becca Rothfeld (Harvard University)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

 

Accessibility Information

The event will take place at the following address:

Building 65, Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, Southampton, SO17 1BF

We aim to make this conference as accessible as possible, in line with the SWIP/BPA guidance for accessible conferences. To that end:

  • We can provide a hearing loop if it is required.
  • We permit service animals to attend.
  • The venue is wheelchair accessible.
  • The venue has nearby accessible toilets.
  • We can provide a quiet room if it is required.
  • The venue will have available seating.
  • There is nearby parking to all venues.
  • There will be at least a 15 minute break between each 90 minute session.
  • We will permit written, rather than spoken, questions during discussion.

One of two rooms will be used for the event, depending on the number of registered attendees. Basic information about the rooms can be found here:

Room 1173:

https://data.southampton.ac.uk/room/65-1173.html

Room 1175:

https://data.southampton.ac.uk/room/65-1175.html

Both rooms are on the ground floor, wheelchair accessible, less than 50 metres from an accessible women’s bathroom, and less than 100 metres from an accessible men’s bathroom.

Accessibility information about the building (Building 65) can be found here: https://www.accessable.co.uk/venues/building-65-parkes

Here is a floorplan:

Floor plan of Building 65 at the University of Southampton.