The Joint Session is a three-day conference in philosophy that is held annually during the summer by the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association. It has taken place at nearly every major university across the United Kingdom and in Ireland. Since 1910, the Joint Session has grown to become the largest gathering of philosophers in the country, attracting prestigious UK and international speakers working in a broad range of philosophical areas. Inaugurated by the incoming President of the Mind Association, the Joint Session includes symposia, open and postgraduate sessions, and a range of satellite conferences.
The 94th Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association will be held at the University of Kent from 10 to 12 July 2020.
The University of Kent was founded in 1965 and has since expanded from its main campus in the historic city of Canterbury to include other sites in the Medway towns and in various European capitals. It balances research intensity with high-quality teaching, covering a large number of subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including a broad portfolio in the arts and humanities. A new Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries will be launched in 2020, and the University was recently successful in its bid to launch a new medical school (run jointly with Canterbury Christ Church University) which will admit its first students in September 2020. The last time the Joint Session visited Kent was 2004.
Ten Joint Session subsidies are available to student and unwaged members of either the Aristotelian Society (categories 3-5 only) or the Mind Association. The subsidy will cover 75% of the following: (a) a full registration fee; (b) meal costs; and (c) the cost of standard accommodation for no more than three nights. The remaining costs are paid for by the applicant.
DEADLINE for Applications is 14 May 2020
10–12 July 2020
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NZ
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The inaugural address and symposia for the Joint Session are published in the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume, which is published digitally and in hardcover every June. The Supplementary Volume is sent to subscribing members of the Society in categories 4 and 5.
Members in other categories can purchase the hardcover Supplementary Volume from the Online Shop. Volumes will also be available at the registration desk during the conference.
2019 joint session:
19 - 21 july 2019
2018 joint session:
6 - 8 july 2018
2017 joint session:
14 - 16 july 2017
Subscribing members receive online access to the Proceedings from 2000 to the most current issue.
Subscribing members also receive the bound, hardcover volume of the latest Proceedings through the post.