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Dr Hans Maes

Senior Lecturer

Deputy Director of Education

 

About

Hans Maes studied at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and graduated there with a PhD in Philosophy. His dissertation, focusing on problems in ethics and moral psychology, was published as a book in Belgium and The Netherlands. He has since expanded his field of research to include aesthetics and the philosophy of art. He worked at the Department of Aesthetics of the University of Helsinki, Finland, and also at the University of Maryland, USA, before coming to Kent where he is currently Senior Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Art.


He has authored papers on a wide variety of topics in aesthetics and ethics, including the role of intention in the interpretation of art, the nature of portraiture, the virtue of modesty, the aesthetics and ethics of sexiness, and the relation between art and pornography. The latter is the subject of two essay collections: Art and Pornography (co-edited with Jerrold Levinson, Oxford University Press, 2012) and Pornographic Art and The Aesthetics of Pornography (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). While the first book focuses exclusively on the philosophical side of the debate, the second book takes an interdisciplinary approach and includes contributions from art historians, cultural theorists, film scholars, artists, curators, as well as philosophers.

His latest book is entitled Conversations on Art and Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, 2017). In this volume he discusses key questions in contemporary aesthetics with ten world-leading philosophers of art. For more information about this and other publications, please visit: https://kent.academia.edu/HansMaes


Hans is Co-Director of the Aesthetics Research Centre and a Trustee of the British Society of Aesthetics. He is also a Past President of the Dutch Association of Aesthetics.

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Publications

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Book
Maes, H. (2017). Conversations on Art and Aesthetics. Oxford University Press.
Maes, H. (2006). Grapje! Filosofische Gedachten over Grappen. Budel, Damon.
Maes, H. (2005). Bescheidenheid, Trots En Ijdelheid. Budel, Damon.
Edited book
Maes, H.R. ed. (2013). Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography. [Online]. Palgrave. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/?k=9780230368200.
Maes, H.R. and Levinson, J. eds. (2012). Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays. [Online]. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609581.001.0001/acprof-9780199609581.
Article
Maes, H. (2017). Truly, Madly, Deeply: on what it is to love a work of art. The Philosophers' Magazine.
Deprez, E. and Maes, H. (2016). Wat is een portret?. Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen [Online]. Available at: http://www.kunsttijdschriftvlaanderen.be/nummers/363.
Maes, H. (2015). What is a Portrait?. British Journal of Aesthetics [Online]:303-322. Available at: http://bjaesthetics.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/09/27/aesthj.ayv018.
Maes, H. (2014). Erotic Art. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [Online]:1-50. Available at: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/erotic-art/.
Maes, H. and Deprez, E. (2013). Kunst of porno: duidelijk onderscheid of vals dilemma?. Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen:175-177.
Maes, H. (2012). The arts vs Art with a capital 'A': Interview with Noël Carroll. Esthetica [Online]. Available at: http://estheticatijdschrift.nl/files/2014/09/Esthetica-THE-ARTS-vs-ART-WITH-A-CAPITAL----A---.-An-Interview-with-No--l-Carroll-2012-12-28.pdf.
Maes, H. (2011). Drawing the Line: Art versus Pornography. Philosophy Compass [Online] 6:385-397. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-9991.2011.00403.x.
Maes, H. (2011). Depiction: Wat is een afbeelding? Een inleiding tot de hedendaagse afbeeldingstheorieën. Esthetica [Online]. Available at: http://estheticatijdschrift.nl/files/2014/09/1-Esthetica-Watiseenafbeelding-Eeninleidingtotdehedendaagseafbeeldingstheorie--n-2013-04-15.pdf.
Maes, H. (2011). Art or Porn: Clear Division or False Dilemma?. Philosophy and Literature [Online] 35:51-64. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/phl.2011.0003.
Maes, H. and Schaubroeck, K. (2011). Excuus-truus of ons-kent-ons-fons?. De Standaard [Online]. Available at: http://www.standaard.be/cnt/0e373rhf.
Maes, H. (2011). ¿Quién dice que la pornografía no puede ser arte?. La Balsa de Medusa [Online]:5-24. Available at: http://labalsadelamedusa.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/numero-4-2011/.
Maes, H. (2010). Intention, Interpretation, and Contemporary Visual Art. British Journal of Aesthetics [Online] 50:121-138. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aesthj/ayp051.
Maes, H. (2010). Love, Friendship, and Casablanca. Hermeneia: Journal of Hermeneutics, Art Theory, and Criticism [Online]:98-107. Available at: http://hermeneia.ro/archive/170-2/.
Maes, H. (2010). Kunst of Pornografie?. Karakter: Tijdschrift van Wetenschap [Online]:15-16. Available at: http://www.tijdschriftkarakter.be/kunst-of-pornografie/.
Maes, H. (2008). Art and Pornography. Essay Review of Jerrold Levinson's Contemplating Art. Journal of Aesthetic Education 42.
Maes, H. (2008). Challenging Partial Intentionalism. Journal of Visual Art Practice [Online] 7:85-94. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jvap.7.1.85_1.
Maes, H. (2008). Elephants, Microscopes and Free Beauty: Reply to Davies. Philosophical Quarterly [Online] 59:332-336. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9213.2008.592.x.
Maes, H. (2007). Een treffende gelijkenis. Over grappen en kunst. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 99:281-296.
Maes, H. (2006). Liefde, vriendschap en Casablanca. Streven.
Maes, H. (2005). A Celestial Taxonomy of Remakes?. Cinemascope. An Independent Film Journal 1:1-11.
Maes, H. (2005). The End of Art Revisited. Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics 2:122-132.
Maes, H. (2004). Modesty, Asymmetry, and Hypocrisy. Journal of Value Inquiry [Online] 38:485-497. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10790-005-3335-1.
Maes, H. (2004). The End of Art: A real problem or not really a problem?. Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics 1:59-68.
Maes, H. (2001). Bescheidenheid en asymmetrie. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 93:117-135.
Book section
Smith, M. (2017). Lives of the Aestheticians: introductory foreward. In: Maes, H. R. ed. Conversations on Art and Aesthetics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Maes, H. (2017). Falling in Lust: Sexiness, Feminism, and Pornography. In: Aesthetics: A Reader in the Philosophy of the Arts. Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Aesthetics-A-Reader-in-Philosophy-of-the-Arts-4th-Edition/Goldblatt-Blankenship-Brown-Patridge/p/book/9781138235885.
Maes, H. (2017). Falling in Lust: Sexiness, Feminism, and Pornography. In: Mikkola, M. ed. Beyond Speech: Pornography and Analytic Feminist Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
Maes, H. (2014). Pornography. In: Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Oxford University Press.
Maes, H. (2013). Introduction: Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography. In: Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography. Palgrave, pp. 1-24. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137367938_1.
Maes, H. and Levinson, J. (2012). Introduction. In: Art & Pornography: Philosophical Essays. Oxford University Press. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609581.001.0001.
Maes, H. and Puolakka, K. (2012). Arthur Danto: The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. In: 50 Key Texts in Art History. Routledge.
Maes, H. (2012). Who Says Pornography Can't Be Art?. In: Maes, H. R. and Levinson, J. eds. Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays. Oxford University Press, pp. 17-47.
Newall, M. (2012). An Aesthetics of Transgressive Pornography. In: Maes, H. R. and Levinson, J. eds. Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 206-228.
Maes, H. (2009). Nawoord: Over de relatie tussen film en filosofie. In: d'Hoine, P. and Engelen, B. eds. Denkbeelden. Een Inleiding Tot De Filosofie Aan De Hand Van Films. Antwerpen, Pelckmans, pp. 245-260.
Maes, H. (2008). Waarom geen voorbeeld nemen aan de grappenmaker? Een open vraag aan hedendaagse kunstenaars en kunstcritici. In: De Kraai Van Walter. DeFKA.
Maes, H. and Schaubroeck, K. (2006). Different Kinds and Aspects of Bullshit. In: Hardcastle, G. and Reisch, G. A. eds. Bullshit and Philosophy. Open Court, pp. 171-182.
Maes, H. (2005). David Hume over de emotie 'trots'. In: Van Reijen, M. ed. Emoties. Van stoïcijnse Apatheia Tot Heftige Liefde. Amsterdam, Klement, pp. 81-97.
Maes, H. (2005). De emotie 'trots' in de hedendaagse analytische filosofie. In: Van Reijen, M. ed. Emoties. Van stoïcijnse Apatheia Tot Heftige Liefde. Amsterdam, Klement, pp. 186-204.
Maes, H. (2004). Danto en het einde van de kunst. In: Vandenabeele, B. and Verneir, K. eds. Transgressie in De Kunst. Budel, Damon, pp. 118-128.
Maes, H. (2002). Zelfwaardering en het standpunt van anderen. In: Braeckman, A., Devos, R. and Verdonck, B. eds. Terugkeer Van Het Subject. Recente Ontwikkelingen Binnen De Filosofie,. Universitaire Pers Leuven, Leuven, pp. 223-235.
Review
Maes, H. (2008). Review of Contemplating Art by Jerrold Levinson. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 70:186-186.
Maes, H. (2008). Review of On Images by John V. Kulvicki. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 69:780-780.
Maes, H. (2008). A New Philosophy of Photography? Critical Notice of Henri van Lier, Philosophy of Photography. History of Photography [Online] 32:380-383. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03087290802323482.
Maes, H. (2007). Review of Opmerkingen over het gevoel van het schone en het verhevene by Immanuel Kant. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 99:167-168.
Maes, H. (2007). Review of The Philosophy of Art by Stephen Davies. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 69:381-383.
Maes, H. (2007). Review of Opmerkingen over het gevoel van het schone en het verhevene by Immanuel Kant. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 69:389-389.
Maes, H. (2007). Review of Philosophy and Conceptual Art by Peter Goldie and Elisabeth Schellekens. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 69:612-613.
Maes, H. (2006). Review of Sight and Sensibility. Evaluating Pictures by Dominic McIver Lopes. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 68:434-434.
Maes, H. (2006). Review of Art and Intention. A Philosophical Study by Paisley Livingston. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 68:414-415.
Maes, H. (2006). Review of The Task of the Interpreter. Text, Meaning, and Negotiation by Pol Vandevelde. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 68:651-653.
Maes, H. (2006). Review of Three Philosophical Filmmakers. Hitchcock, Welles, Renoir by Irving Singer. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 68:840-842.
Maes, H. (2005). Review of Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art. The Analytic Tradition by Peter Lamarque & Stein H. Olsen. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 67:601-602.
Maes, H. (2005). Review of Arts & Minds by Gregory Currie. Review of Arts & Minds by Gregory Currie 67:612-612.
Maes, H. (2004). Review of Filosofie & Film by Joost Raessens. Cinetext Online. Film & Philosophy [Online]:0-0. Available at: http://cinetext.philo.at/.
Maes, H. (2002). Review of Uneasy Virtue by Julia Driver. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 64:606-607.
Maes, H. (2001). Review of The Subtlety of Emotions by Aaron Ben-Ze'ev. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 63:810-811.
Conference or workshop item
Maes, H. (2017). Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits. In: 6th Dubrovnik Conference on the Philosophy of Art.
Maes, H. (2017). Conversations, Portraits, and Philosophy. In: 75th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics.
Maes, H. (2016). Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits. In: American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Division Meeting.
Maes, H. (2016). Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits. In: London Aesthetics Forum.
Maes, H. and Schaubroeck, K. (2016). They Can't Take That Away From Me: Art, Love, and Reasons. In: Colloquium on the Modalities of the Good.
Maes, H. (2015). Falling in Lust: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Sexiness. In: Philosophy Research Seminar at Uppsala University.
Maes, H. (2014). Falling in Lust: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Sexiness. In: IX Workshop on Aesthetic Experience: Mixed Feelings, Mixed Categories.
Maes, H. (2013). Erotische Kunst en Pornografie. In: Philosophy Research Seminar, Ghent University.
Maes, H. (2013). Who Says Pornography Can't be Art?. In: Edinburgh Philosophy Society.
Maes, H. (2013). What Analytic Philosophers of Art Can Learn From the Cultural History of Pornography. In: Annual Meeting of the Descartes Centre.
Maes, H. (2013). Falling in Lust: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Sexiness. In: Conference on Feminist Philosophy and Pornography.
Maes, H. (2013). Falling in Lust: on Sexiness and Pornography. In: Philosophy Research Seminar.
Maes, H. (2013). What's in a Name? Shunga, Erotic Art, and Pornography. In: Shunga & Philosophy (British Museum).
Maes, H. (2013). Art or Pornography? Philosophical Reflections on a False Dilemma. In: Erotica, Pornography, and the Obscene in Europe.
Maes, H. (2012). Art or Porn?. In: ArtErotica 2012.
Maes, H. (2011). The Naked Truth: Panel on Pornography and Erotic Art. In: Crunch: Art and Music Festival.
Maes, H. (2011). Drawing the Line: Art vs Pornography. In: Pornography and Objectification: Aesthetics and the Erotic.
Maes, H. (2011). Art and Morality. In: Art Seminar at University of Antwerp.
Maes, H. (2010). Art or Porn: Clear Division or False Dilemma?. In: London Aesthetics Forum.
Maes, H. (2010). Kunst of pornografie?. In: EGO Salon.
Maes, H. (2010). Elephants, Microscopes, and Free Beauty. In: Hoe Kants Kritik Der Urteilskraft Vertalen En Interpreteren?.
Maes, H. (2010). Intention, Interpretation, and Contemporary Visual Art. In: Philosophy Research Seminar at University of Murcia.
Maes, H. (2010). Who Says Pornography Can't Be Art?. In: Philosophy Research Seminar at University of Murcia.
Maes, H. (2009). Fotografie en Tijd. In: Workshop on Photography at St Lukas Hogeschool.
Maes, H. (2009). Filosofie en Film. In: Denkbeelden: Een Filosofische Filmreeks (cinema Zed).
Maes, H. (2009). Art, Pornography, and Pornographic Art. In: Philosophy Research Seminar.
Maes, H. (2009). Blue Movies, Banned Books, Dirty Pictures: the Intersection between Pornography and Art. In: Annual Conference of the American Society for Aesthetics.
Maes, H. (2009). Blue Movies, Banned Books, Dirty Pictures: Exploring the Intersection between Pornography and Art. In: Annual Conference of the American Society for Aesthetics. Available at: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/aesthetics-online.org/resource/resmgr/Historic/2009_Annual_Meeting.pdf.
Maes, H. (2008). Waarom vinden we kunst waardevol?. In: Vormingplus.
Maes, H. (2008). Art and Pornography. In: 6th European Congress of Analytic Philosophy (ECAP).
Maes, H. (2008). Remember that we forget. In: Cultural Memory: Forgetting to Remember / Remember to Forget.
Maes, H. (2008). Love, Friendship, and Casablanca. In: Love in Our World. An International Conference.
Maes, H. (2007). Intention, Interpretation, and Contemporary Visual Art. In: Annual Meeting of the Dutch-Flemish Society for Analytic Philosophy (VAF).
Maes, H. (2006). Julia Driver on Moral Luck. In: 1st Annual Online Philosophy Conference. Available at: http://experimentalphilosophy.typepad.com/online_philosophy_confere.
Maes, H. (2006). Challenging Partial Intentionalism. In: American Society for Aesthetics.
Maes, H. (2006). Different Kinds of Bullshit. In: German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP).
Maes, H. (2006). De grappenmaker en zijn publiek. Over grappen, kunst en intimiteit. In: Conference on Humour Organised by the University of Antwerp.
Maes, H. (2006). De emotie 'trots'. In: Internationale School Voor Wijsbegeerte.
Maes, H. (2005). Larry Shiner and Arthur Danto on Art History. In: American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Division Meeting.
Maes, H. (2005). Arthur Danto and the End of Art. In: Midsouth Philosophy Conference.
Maes, H. (2004). Danto, De Duve, and The End of Art. In: Rediscovering Aesthetics.
Maes, H. (2003). The End of Art: A real problem or not really a problem?. In: the International Congress on Arthur C. Danto and the End of Art.
Maes, H. (2001). 'Ik ben een briljant filosoof.' Over zelfingenomenheid en ijdelheid. In: Filosofische Kring.
Maes, H. (2001). Hypocrisie en Bescheidenheid. In: Internationale School Voor Wijsbegeerte.
Maes, H. (2001). Zelfwaardering. In: 23rd Vlaams-Nederlandse Filosofiedag.
Edited journal
Maes, H.R. ed. (2011). Special Issue: Depiction. Esthetica.
Show / exhibition
Maes, H. (2011). Preface, Catalogue of "Transgression: Sexuality, Gender, and Censorship" (Beers.Lambert gallery). [Exhibition Catalogue].
Internet publication
Maes, H. (2008). Esthetica En Theorievorming: Interview Met Kendall Walton [Online]. Available at: http://esthetica.nge.nl/#/lopende-jaargang/?sel=4&subsel=0&id=67.
Other
Maes, H. (2005). Critical Notice of Art in Progress. A Philosophical Response to the End of the Avant-Garde by Maarten Doorman.
Thesis
Moser, S. (2017). Digitally Interactive Works and Video Games: A Philosophical Exploration.
Declercq, D. (2017). A Philosophy of Satire. Critique, Entertainment, Therapy.
Geary, J. (2017). A Defence of the Study of Visual Perception in Art.
Cioffi, A. (2017). Political Cinema: A Philosophical Investigation.
Forthcoming
Maes, H. (2018). "You Talking to Me?." Debates in Aesthetics.
Total publications in KAR: 115 [See all in KAR]
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Teaching

MSTU6003 Sex, Gender, and Digital Culture
This module gives students the opportunity to bring prior learning on gender and sexuality into a focused context, whilst employing a critical study of representation in contemporary mediaand digital cultures. `Students will be encouraged to question how (and if) representations of gender and sexuality are shifting in the millenial era though a series of critical questions, such as: How has the Internet changed human relationships? What is the impact of pornography on contemporary youth culture? Are men also objectified by the media? How should we understand misogyny and has it been intensified in the digital age? How do we define consent post MeToo? Have advertisers apropriated feminism? What is the difference between liberation and exploitation? How are LGBT groups represented (or not represented)? What is the relationship between race and sexualisation? What should diversity in the media look like?

HA836 “The Art of Portraiture: Historical and Philosophical Approaches”
This module aims to give students an advanced understanding of concepts and methods involved in the study of portraits. A programme of seminars will explore recent philosophical and art historical literature on portraiture and related research topics. The historical development of portraiture and its different subgenres will be traced, influential portrait artists will be discussed and their work will be critically analysed – all of which will be addressed within a broader theoretical framework, focusing on philosophical issues such as the nature of personal identity, objectification, the definition of art, and theories of representation and genre.

ART521 “Media Ethics”
This module seeks to investigate some of the most pressing ethical issues in contemporary media culture and the mediated arts. Topics may include: violence in video games, nudity on the screen and in advertising, anti-heroes and villains in fiction, propaganda and manipulation, sexism and racism in humor, shock value in the news and in contemporary art. To answer the many moral questions that arise in this context students will examine basic notions such as truth, objectification, voyeurism, exploitation, offence, harm, gender, and stereotype.

HA575 “Beauty in Theory, Culture, and Contemporary Art”
After decades of neglect, beauty has made a controversial ‘return’ both in contemporary art and as a concept in contemporary aesthetics, art theory and criticism. The module examines the issues raised by this recent resurgence of beauty.

HA361 “Introduction to Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art”
The module begins with the question of the value of art. Issues of concern include the role of pleasure, thought, emotion and experience in art, the differences between art and entertainment, art and science, art and philosophy, and the notorious ‘end of art’ thesis put forward by Arthur Danto. These investigations provide the intellectual framework for the exploration of key visual arts media in the second half of the module.

HA835 “A Matter of Taste: The Art and Aesthetics of Food”
In this module, we examine the similarities and differences between notions of aesthetic and gustatory taste that were explored in the formation of modern aesthetic theories. Recent scientific views of how taste actually works will also be discussed. Turning to taste's objects – food and drink – we look at the different meanings they convey in art and literature as well as in ordinary human life and we examine an approach to the aesthetic value of taste that recognizes the representational and expressive roles of food. Throughout the module we will address the issue of the objectivity of taste and critically investigate the age-old cliché that says “de gustibus non est disputandum” (“in matters of taste, there can be no dispute”).

 

Previous Years

 

PL311 “Ideas in the Arts: Aesthetics, Truth, and Meaning”

PL526 “Aesthetics”

HA822 “Introduction to Research in History and Philosophy of Art”

HA318 “Now that is Art! Aesthetics and the Visual Arts”

HA649 “Exposed: The Aesthetics of Sexuality, The Body, and Erotic Art”

 

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Research

Hans Maes’s principal research interests are situated in the domains of aesthetics and ethics. Much of his published work is freely available via: https://kent.academia.edu/HansMaes

His most recent book is Conversations on Art and Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, 2017). It contains interviews with, and portraits of, some of the world’s leading philosophers of art. Other recent publications are: Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), “Erotic Art” (Stanford Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics, 2014), “What is a Portrait?” (British Journal of Aesthetics, 2015), and “Falling in Lust: Sexiness, Feminism, and Pornography” (in Beyond Speech, OUP, 2017).

Hans has given talks at many universities and cultural institutions, including Tate Britain, The British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and Christie’s. In 2012 he was awarded a Senior Fellowship at the Descartes Centre in The Netherlands for the project “A Critique of Enlightenment Formalism in Aesthetics”. He has been the recipient of multiple grants from the British Society of Aesthetics and the American Society of Aesthetics. In 2016 he received an ASA Curriculum Diversification Award for his project on The Aesthetics of Portraiture.

He is Co-Director of the Aesthetics Research Centre at the University of Kent and was President of the Dutch Association for Aesthetics from 2010 until 2013. He is presently a Trustee of the British Society of Aesthetics and Co-Chair of the BSA Annual Meeting at Oxford University.

With colleagues of the Aesthetics Research Centre he has coordinated several symposia and was principal organiser of international conferences on “Aesthetics, Art, and Pornography” (London, 2011) “Shunga and Philosophy” (British Museum, 2013), “Aesthetics Today” (Canterbury, 2017), “The Philosophy of Portraiture” (College Park & National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, 2018).  

 

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Supervision

Hans Maes is interested to work with research students on topics in aesthetics and the philosophy of art and welcomes applications for postgraduate study under his supervision. He is particularly (but not exclusively) interested in research projects on:

- portraiture
- melancholy as an aesthetic emotion
- love & art
- problems of interpretation
- erotic art and pornography
- the philosophy of sexuality
- feminist aesthetics
- stereotypes in art
- the role of beauty in art
- the relation between art and morality
- Arthur Danto
- the cognitive value of art and literature
- chills (‘frissons’) in the appreciation of art

Dr Maes is currently supervising PhD projects on a variety of topics, including the Philosophy of Curating, Interactive Art and Videogames, Intentionalism, Immersion in Art, and Alternative Pornography. He has supervised to completion doctoral dissertations on Political Cinema, the Philosophy of Satire, and Visual Perception in Art.

 

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