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I work mainly in the field of applied aesthetics. I am particularly interested in the connections between aesthetic concepts and theories of meaning. 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: https://monash.academia.edu/AlisonRoss

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 ongoing academic positions in Australia and abroad. One of my former Masters students has won the Vice-Chancellor's award for Masters Thesis Excellence (2008); and three of my former PhD students have won the Mollie Holman University medal for excellence in doctoral research (2009, 2017, 2020).

Research area keywords

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