Our Questions

What is aesthetic experience? What inspires it? What does it mean to encounter a work of art? How can aesthetic encounters forge ties and create social bonds? How does knowledge influence or obscure our encounters? What is the relationship between aesthetics and temporality?


May 7

Aesthetics in Art


9:30 - 9:45 AM

Meet and Greet

Lydia Brown, University of Virginia

9:45 - 10:30 AM

"The Novelized Lyric and the Aesthetics of the Everyday"

Oliver Wallis, University of Miami

10:45 - 11:30 AM

"Novel(la) Togetherness: Beckett, Whitehead, and the Aesthetics of Failure"

Matthew Trumbo-Tual, Columbia University

1:30 - 2:15 PM

“From déclassé to déclassement: How a Character Type Became a Sociological Concept"

Alexa Hazel, Stanford University

2:30 - 3:15 PM

“James Turrell: Between an Aesthetics of the Everyday and Extraordinary"

Robert Lehman, Associate Professor of English, Boston College

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Keynote Lecture, "The Bounds of Judgment"


May 8

Aesthetics in Time

Tucker Kuman, University of Virginia

10:30 - 11:15 AM

“Poetry Prettified: Early Modern Pastoral Elegy and the Aesthetics of Mourning”

Vincenzo Torromacco, Queen Mary, University of London

11:30 - 12:15 PM

“‘The Coming to Be of Things that Grow’: Aesthetics and Becoming”

Emily Simon, Brown University

12:30 - 1:15 PM

"Fleeting Accessory as Method: Theorizing Perception at the Peripheries of Aesthetic Form"

Julie Tanner, Queen Mary, University of London

2:15 - 3:00 PM

“Drawn: Reflexive Interpretation and the Contemporary Art-Novel”

Jessica Swoboda, University of Virginia

3:15 - 4:00 PM

“On Attunement and Relationality: Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World”
Paper Workshop
Respondent: Julie Tanner

Concluding Happy Hour

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Conviviality and celebration