Undergraduate Diversity Initiative for the British Society of Aesthetics Conference, Oxford, Sept. 6-8, 2019 (deadline: Jul. 1, 2019)

In an effort to increase diversity in British aesthetics and philosophy of art, the British Society of Aesthetics (BSA) is launching a new initiative to encourage UK undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider further study in the discipline.

We will provide funding to a limited number of such students to attend the BSA Annual Conference, which will be held at St Anne’s College, Oxford (6-8 Sept 2019). The full programme will be available in May/June 2019, and the confirmed keynote speakers are: Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers), Paul C. Taylor (Vanderbilt) and Stewart Lee (stand-up comedian, writer, director).

The funding will cover registration, accommodation, meals and travel within the UK. (There is also additional funding to accommodate conference participants with disabilities.) The students will have postgraduate student mentors to guide them around the conference and talk to them about postgraduate study in aesthetics and philosophy of art. 

Students are eligible for the funding if they are both: 
(i) Undergraduates studying philosophy (either a philosophy degree or one that includes some element of philosophy) at a UK university at the time of the conference, or who have just completed an undergraduate degree (in 2019); and
(ii) Members of a group underrepresented in the discipline. Groups include but are not limited to: BAME; disabled; trans/non-binary gender identity; low socioeconomic status; first in their family to attend university. 

For questions about eligibility please contact the BSA Manager at admin@british-aesthetics.org. 

To apply, students should send an email to admin@british-aesthetics.org with ‘Undergraduate Diversity Initiative’ as the subject, and include:

1. A brief statement of how the student is eligible, addressing (i) and (ii) above. For (i), please state the university and course. For (ii), this may simply be a declaration of belonging to one of the above groups, or alternatively an indication of a different underrepresented group;

2. The contact information for a lecturer or administrator who can confirm that the student is enrolled on a relevant course. Please ensure that the lecturer/administrator knows that they may be contacted. 

3. An indication of where the student would be travelling from. (This is for the purpose of financial estimates relating to travel only; it will not be taken into account in awarding funding.) 

The deadline for applications is Monday, 1 July 2019. In the event that there are more applicants than places, awardees will be chosen by lottery. Awardees will be notified by the end of July. 

For questions about the application process or anything else, please send an email to the BSA Manager at admin@british-aesthetics.org. 

This information is also available here:


British Society of Aesthetics

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