CfA: Works of Art and Technical Artifacts: Towards a Unified Account? (University of Genova)

The conference aims to identify connections between the philosophy of art and the philosophy of technology, with a particular focus on ontology, function, and creativity.

Research questions for papers may include but are not limited to:

- Is there an ontological boundary between works of art and technical artifacts?
- Do works of art have functions just like technical artifacts?
- Can works of art and technical artifacts be traced back to one ontology such as the kind of artificial objects as opposed to natural objects?
- Is the ontology of works of art a subset of the ontology of technical artifacts?
- Is the aesthetic appreciation of technical artifacts of the same kind as the aesthetic appreciation of works of art?
- Can works of art be created by such technical artifacts as computer programs?
- What is the role of creativity in art and in technology?

Invited Speakers:

Paloma Atencia-Linares (UNED, Madrid)
Anne W. Eaton (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Simon Evnine (University of Miami)
Manuel García-Carpintero (Universitat de Barcelona)
Wybo Houkes (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Irene Olivero (Università di Genova)


Please submit proposals by writing to:
Submissions should be done as PDF files prepared for blind review.
Please submit abstracts between 500 and 1000 words (references excluded) together with a title and 3 keywords.

The deadline for receipt is Sunday July 30, 2023.

Speakers will be notified of decisions by Thursday August 31, 2023. There will be no conference fees. It will be possible to apply for bursaries for early career researchers.