Diarmuid Costello | Warwick University, United Kingdom
Jason Gaiger | University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Tomáš Hlobil | Charles University, Czech Republic
Eileen John | University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Dominic McIver Lopes | University of British Columbia, Canada
Francisca Pérez Carreño | University of Murcia, Spain
Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann | Uppsala University, Sweden
Nick Zangwill | University of Hull, United Kingdom
Warwick University, United Kingdom
Diarmuid Costello, Ph.D., teaches on post-Kantian continental aesthetics, contemporary analytic philosophy of art, and recent theories of art and photography at the Department of Philosophy, Warwick University. From 2004-2012 he was a member of the British Society of Aesthetics executive committee, from 2008-12 as Chair of the Society. He has been a Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow, 2004-5, and Humboldt Experienced Researcher at the Institut für Philosophie, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, 2012-13. From 2007-11 he was Co-Director, with Margaret Iversen (Dept of Art History & Theory, University of Essex), of the AHRC research project, Aesthetics after Photography. There have been three special journal issues, various publications and conferences, and an exhibition associated with this project. He has been a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College since 2010.
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Dr Jason Gaiger is Head of the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art and a Fellow of St Edmund Hall at the University of Oxford. He was previously Senior Lecturer and Director of Research in the Art History Department at the Open University. His publications include Aesthetics and Painting (Continuum, 2008), an English edition of Johann Gottfried Herder’s Sculpture (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and, as co-editor, Art in Theory: 1648-1815 (Blackwell, 2000) and Art in Theory: 1815-1900 (Blackwell, 1998). His principal research interests are in aesthetics and art theory from the mid-seventeenth century through to the present day with a special emphasis on theories of depiction and visual meaning, and on twentieth-century and contemporary art practice. His current research focuses on the normativity of aesthetic judgment and the elusive relationship between verbal and visual modes of thinking.
Charles University, Czech Republic
Tomáš Hlobil, Ph.D., Charles University, is Professor of Aesthetics in the Department of Aesthetics, Charles University, Prague and the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies, Palacký University, Olomouc, where he teaches the history of eighteenth-century aesthetics. He has been a recipient of the Getty, Mellon, Fulbright, and DAAD fellowships, and has published articles in the British Journal of Aesthetics, the Modern Language Review Kant Studien, Das 18. Jahrhundert, and the British Journal for the History of Philosophy. He has also edited and provided commentary to an English translation František Palacký, An Historical Survey of the Science of Beauty and the Literature on the Subject (originally published in 1821). His research concerns mainly the history of the concept of mimesis, eighteenth-century British and German aesthetics, the history of aesthetics as a university subject, the origins of Czech aesthetics, and the aesthetics of literature in general.
University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Eileen John serves as Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy at University of Warwick. Her research concerns how art and creative practices engage us as cognitive and ethical ‘works-in-progress’. She has a specific interest in literature and its philosophical and ethical roles, with a broad aim of showing the relevance of literary works to contemporary debates in meta-ethics, moral psychology, epistemology, and value theory. She has published articles in Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Philosophy and Literature or Philosophical Explorations. She also contributed to A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (Blackwell, 2010) and The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics (Routledge, 2013). She also have an ongoing interest in poetry and the philosophically challenging demands it places on readers, with some work on poetry and ‘ownership’ of thought and a current interest in thought influenced by mood in poetry.
Dominic McIver Lopes
University of British Columbia, Canada
Dominic Lopes is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He works mainly in aesthetics and is a member of the UBC aesthetics group. His research focusses on pictorial representation and perception; the aesthetic and epistemic value of pictures, including scientific images; theories of art and its value; the ontology of art; computer art and new art forms; and aesthetic value, wherever it may be found. Lopes is past president of the American Society for Aesthetics, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Cognitive Semiotics, and Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. Working with Berys Gaut he co-edits Wiley-Blackwell’s New Directions in Aesthetics book series. He is a 2015–16 Guggenheim Fellow and in the past has been a fellow of the National Humanities Center, Distinguished Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, and Leverhulme Visiting Research Professor in Aesthetics at the University of Warwick, in addition to holding visiting positions at Ritsumeikan University, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and the University of Miami. His publications include Four Arts of Photography (Wiley, 2016), Beyond Art (Oxford University Press, 2014), A Philosophy of Computer Art (Routledge, 2009), Sight and Sensibility: Evaluating Pictures (Oxford University Press, 2005) or Understanding Pictures (Oxford University Press, 1996).
Francisca Pérez Carreño
University of Murcia, Spain
Francisca Pérez Carreño is Professor of Aesthetics and Theory of Art at the Department of Philosophy at The University of Murcia. Her main reserch interests lie in contemporary aesthetics, image theory and theory of representation. She published books (in Spanish) on theory of representation, Los placeres del parecido. Icono y representación (Pleasures of similarity. Icon and representation, 1988) or on John Constable ( John Constable, 1994). She has published articles in Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, ENRAHONAR or La balsa de La Medusa.
Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann
Uppsala University, Sweden
Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann currently helds the Chair of Aesthetics in the Philosophy Department at the Uppsala University (since January 2014). Previously, she was Senior Lecturer at Durham University (2006-14). Her research interests include normativity, Kant, Hume, the distinctions between fact and value, subjectivism and objectivism, realism and anti-realism. She has also worked on the cognitive value of art, neuroaesthetics and the relation between moral and aeshetic value. She has been Editor of the British Journal of Aesthetics since 2007, and member of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism’s editorial board since 2008. She has worked on several research projects. Most recently, she has been the Principal Investigator on a research network centred on the theme “Ethics and Aesthetics of Archaeology”. Her publications include Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? (co-authored with Peter Goldie; Routledge, 2009), Aesthetics and Morality (Continuum, 2007), The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology (co-edited with Peter Goldie; Oxford University Press, 2011) or Philosophy and Conceptual Art (co-edited with Peter Goldie; Oxford University Press, 2007).
University of Hull, United Kingdom
Nick Zangwill is Ferens Chair of Philosophy at the University of Hull. His interests ranges over moral philosophy, aestehtics, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. He wrote extensively on aesthetic properties (The Metaphysics of Beauty, Cornell University Press 2001; Aesthetic Creation, Oxford University Press 2007), as well as aesthetics of nature and Kant´s aesthetics. He has published articles in the British Journal of Aesthetics, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Philosophical Quarterly or Philosophy and Phenomenology Research. Among his recent research topics belongs philosophy of music, formalism (especially in music and architecture) and kantian theory of disinterestedness. His Music and Aesthetic Reality is forthcoming in 2014 with Routledge publishing house.