CFP: Façades | Philosophy & the Arts Due 2/9

CFP: Façades | Philosophy & the Arts Due 2/9


Seventh Annual Philosophy and the Arts Conference

FAÇADES: The Architecture of (In)authenticy

Date: March 28th & 29th, 2014

Location: Bath House Studios, New York, NY

Keynote Address by Kent Bloomer

Artist Keynote Address/Performance: TBD


The façade—the aspect of a building that both looks at, and is seen from, the street—erects a philosophically and artistically productive ambivalence. Depending on the building’s purpose and comportment, the façade may bear little or no resemblance to the structure within. A façade may clearly indicate the purpose of a structure—such as those of government buildings, restaurants, or grocery stores; they may function as merely surface covering—such as the prescribed façades of residential buildings in some historic neighborhoods; or they may be transparent, “invisible,” or feigning—such as the façade of a “speak-easy”. As a metaphor, the ambivalence erected by the façade seems to extend to numerous aspects of our engagement with the world. Just as the façade both reveals and conceals the depth of the building behind it, so the face we turn towards others both reveals and conceals our feelings, intentions, and character. We invite artists and scholars to the 2014 conference in order to explore the vicissitudes of the Façade—its place, importance, and structure. Is it pernicious or profitable? Is it necessary or elective? Is it universal or an instance of anthropo-centrism? Do the various structures of façades delimit or facilitate expression or identity formation? Other aspects of the main theme to be considered include: public/professional vs. private/personal features of façades; the relation between the façade and the human face; the politics and ethics of façades.



Please visit the Philosophy and the Arts Conference website at for complete submission instructions and the most current conference details, as well as information on past conferences. We welcome the submission of both original academic papers and of artwork for exhibition or performance from graduate students across disciplines. All submissions should be formatted for blind review and suitable for a 20-minute presentation (approximately 3000 words or 8-11 pages). Submissions must be received by February 9th, 2014. Submitters will be notified of the committee’s decision regarding their work via email no later than February 23rd, 2014. The conference and exhibition will take place at Bath House Studios, 540 East 11th Street, New York, NY. Contact conference coordinators Seth Binsted, Stephen Bourque, & Amir Jaima at


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