Aesthetics, Art and Pornography: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Institute of Philosophy, London. June 16-18, 2011.

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the Arts London

Additional speakers to be announced.


We invite submissions on any issue related to this topic, ranging from abstract philosophical questions to detailed analyses of particular films, paintings, photographs, novels, etc. Papers from different disciplines and theoretical perspectives are encouraged.

Speakers will have a presentation time of approximately 40 minutes. Papers should not exceed 5000 words and should be accompanied by a 100-word abstract and a short CV. Please send papers to conference organizer Hans Maes ( by February 1, 2011. Communication of acceptance: March 15, 2011.

Submissions will be refereed by an international committee, and selected on the basis of general quality and relevance to the special topic of the conference. The organizers plan to publish (a selection of) the conference papers in a volume with the provisional title Pornographic Art.

We welcome volunteers to serve as session chairs and commentators. We regret that we cannot

cover travel or other expenses.

Organizing committee: Hans Maes, Michael Newall, Murray Smith, Barry C. Smith, Jerrold Levinson.

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from The American Society for Aesthetics, The British Society of Aesthetics, The School of Arts and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Kent.