Conference | Aesthetic Perception & Cognition

Two-day conference

Aesthetic Perception and Cognition

20-21 October 2022, Uppsala University

Organizers: Elisabeth Schellekens and Maarten Steenhagen


The event will take place at Uppsala University, in the old University Main Building (Universitetshuset), Lecture Hall IV.

It will also be possible to attend the event via live-stream (Zoom).

Day One, Thursday 20 Ocober

Session 1 (chair: Elisabeth Schellekens)

9:00-9:15 Welcome by Elisabeth Schellekens and Maarten Steenhagen

9:15-10:30 Jason Gaiger, What is a Detail?

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

Session 2 (chair: Irene Martinez Marin)

10:45-11:15 Mark Windsor, Whatever Happened to Aesthetic Experience?

11:15-11:45 Johan Heemskerk, Aesthetic Alchemy: The Construction of Perceptual Features through Aesthetic Experience

11:45-12:15 Discussion panel

12:15-13:45 Lunch break

Session 3 (chair: Nick Wiltsher)

13:45-14:15 Vanessa Brassey, The Mediating Pictorial Narrator

14:15-14:45 Alberto Voltolini, Perceiving Aesthetic Properties

14:45-15:15 Discussion panel

15:15-15:30 Coffee break

Session 4 (chair: Jeremy Page)

15:30-16:00 Dustin Stokes, Taste as perceptual expertise

16:00-16:30 Iris Vidmar Jovanović, Curiosity, cognition and aesthetic experience

16:30-17:00 Discussion panel

Day Two, Friday 21 October

Session 5 (chair: Maarten Steenhagen)

9:00-10:15 Maria José Alcaraz, Aesthetic Reasons Reconsidered

10:15-10:30 Coffee break

Session 6 (chair: Mikael Pettersson)

10:30-11:00 James Hutton, Fictional Aesthetics, Mathematical Aesthetics, and Perceptualism about Emotion

11:00-11:30 Colette Olive, More Than Metaphor: The Affective and Cognitive Dimension of Aesthetic Experience

11:30-12:00 Discussion panel

12:00-14:00 Lunch break

Session 7 (chair: Rebecca Wallbank)

14:00-14:30 Max Minden Ribeiro, Affective to its bones:Integrating the objective and aesthetic in perceptual experience and beyond

14:30-15:00 Harry Drummond, The Artworld as a Cognitive Institution

15:00-15:30 Discussion panel

15:30-15:45 Coffee break

Session 8 (chair: Andrew Reisner)

15:45-17:00 Derek Matravers, Does the perception of aesthetic properties require the exercise of taste?

Digital moderator for both days: Maarten Steenhagen


Registration for the conference is free. Please fill out the registration form to confirm your attendance.


If you have any questions about attending the conference, please send an email to Maarten Steenhagen (