Alison Ross

Assoc Professor

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Personal profile


I work mainly in the field of applied aesthetics. My current research program is a conceptual investigation of images and image theory. I am also in the early stages of a project looking at signalling protocols in nature, which uses an aesthetic approach for the study of animal patterns and colours. A number of representative recent publications can be found on my academia site:

I am interested in supervising graduate projects in political philosophy and aesthetics, as well as in the critical theory tradition. A number of my former graduate students hold academic positions and two have won the Mollie Holman medal for excellence in doctoral research (2009, 2017). One of my former Masters students has won the Vice-Chancellor's award for Masters Thesis Excellence.


  • Aesthetics
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Critical Theory
  • Images and Image Theory
  • Theories of Meaning

Projects 2009 2018

Research Output 2000 2018

The errors of history: knowledge and epistemology in bachelard, canguilhem and foucault

Ross, A. F. 4 Mar 2018 In : Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. 23, 2, p. 139-154 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Between luxury and need: The idea of distance in philosophical anthropology

Ross, A. 27 May 2017 In : International Journal of Philosophical Studies. 25, 3, p. 378-392 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Practices of Form: Art–Philosophy–Life–History

Ross, A. F. 2 Oct 2017 In : Critical Horizons. 18, 4, p. 289-294 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOther

The conception of the will in Rancière’s aesthetic regime of the arts: Pathos and reverie in Stendhal, Ibsen, and Freud

Ross, A. 2017 Understanding Rancière, Understanding Modernism. Bray, P. M. (ed.). New York NY USA: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 179-197 19 p. (Understanding Philosophy, Understanding Modernism)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Art’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Supervision

Alison Fay Ross (Recipient), 4 Dec 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Cité Internationale des Arts

Alison Fay Ross (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2007 2017

  • 8 Editorial responsibility
  • 3 Contribution to conference

Critical Horizons (Journal)

Ross, A. F. (Guest editor)
28 Nov 2017

Activity: Editorial responsibility

History and Authority

Ross, A. F. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
29 Jul 2016

Activity: Contribution to conference

Oxford University Press (Publisher)

Ross, A. F. (Editorial board member)
2015 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy

Ross, A. F. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
3 Dec 2015

Activity: Contribution to conference

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (Publisher)

Ross, A. F. (Editorial board member)
2015 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility