Latest news: Recording advice for the Open Session

April 18th, 2021

The Joint Session will be held entirely online this year. For this reason, we are asking all Open Session participants to pre-record their talks and upload them to either YouTube or Vimeo. We will then link to your video from the conference website. 

You will need a recording device, a Google account and a YouTube or Vimeo channel. Please allow for comments under your video so that other delegates can comment. We would be grateful if you could submit the link to your video no later than the 31.05.2021 at 23:59 pm to

The usual format of the Joint Session is 20 min per talk and then 10 minutes for discussion.

We would very much like to stick to this format (albeit comments being left in the comment section on Youtube/Vimeo or during the socials we are planning to facilitate online). 

XCV Joint Session 2021
16 Jul, 14:00 – 18 Jul, 19:30
Online event
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Welcome to the Joint Session 2021

The Joint Session in 2021 will be held online.

There will be no registration fee for this year's conference. All pre-recorded sessions will be available for to all who wish to view. Live sessions will require a Zoom link which will be sent to all registered participants. We kindly ask that participants who are not currently members of either the Aristotelian Society or the Mind Association join at least one of these prior to attendance.

The Programme
Inaugural Address
Brad Hooker (Reading)

Nishi Shah (Amherst) & Robert Simpson (UCL)
Yujin Nagasawa (Birmingham) & Keith Frankish (Sheffield)
Lynne Tirrell (Connecticut) & Mari Mikkola (Amsterdam)
Agustin Rayo (MIT) & Penelope Mackie (Nottingham)
Catriona Mackenzie (Macquarie) & Maria Alvarez (KCL)
Constantine Sandis (Hertfordshire) & Sophie Grace Chappell (OU)

In addition to the symposia and regular sessions, comedian Robert Newman will give a talk on 'Wittgenstein's Joke Book - notes on the philosophy of laughter’. Philosopher, literary critic, and poet Christopher Norris will read from his Socrates at Verse and Other Philosophical Poems and debut some new philosophical poetry. There will also be virtual drinks and coffee, grant application and publishing advice for graduate students, and a range of interactive social events. Please consult the conference website for updates on the format and content of the online conference.


About the Joint Session

The Joint Session is the premier UK general philosophy conference, 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 postgradaute sessions, and a range of satellite conferences. Find out more about the conference's history.

The 95th Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association will be held at the University of Hertfordshire from 16 to 18 July 2021.

The local organisers are Constantine Sandis and Danièle Moyal-Sharrock.


Contact details

De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield AL10 9EU, UK