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ASA Announces Ted Cohen Prize


To honor the enormous contributions of Ted Cohen to aesthetics and the American Society for Aesthetics, Andy Austin Cohen and the ASA established in 2014 a $1000 annual prize “to recognize writing that is clear, graceful, and unencumbered by jargon or academic clichés. It should examine serious problems in aesthetics while also giving pleasure to the reader.” In memory of Ted, his wife Andy Austin Cohen has generously funded this prize.

The 2016 prize winner will be selected by a committee of three members appointed by the President of the ASA and will be notified by August 1, 2016. The award will be announced publicly during the national meeting of the ASA in Seattle, WA, November 17-19, 2016. The winner will be encouraged but not required to attend the meeting, and travel expenses to the meeting will be provided. The prize may not be awarded if, in the opinion of the judges, no nomination of sufficient merit and appropriateness is received.

The ASA selection committee welcomes published work of distinction published between June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016. Eligible works are articles or chapters/sections of books. Publication is understood to mean publication in venues with peer review recognized by the scholarly community and that are permanently available to the interested scholarly community of students and researchers. Eligible publication includes reputable on-line journals. Nominations will be judged based on adherence to the standards of writing in the statement above. Self-nominations are welcome. Only one nomination per year should be submitted. Nominees must be ASA members at the time of nomination.

Submissions should be directed c/o Julie Van Camp, ASA Secretary-Treasurer, at 1550 Larimer St. #644, Denver, CO 80202-1602, or The nominated article or book chapter/section must be submitted in full. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred, in PDF format replicating the original publication. If PDF submission is not possible, then two copies of articles or book chapter/section must be submitted. The deadline for receipt of nominations is June 1, 2016.

Gifts in honor of Ted Cohen to the American Society for Aesthetics are welcome at any time. They may be made on-line on the ASA Donation site.

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