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The 75th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics will be held in New Orleans November 15-18, 2017.
Check out the preliminary program PDF: ASA Preliminary Meeting Program
Everyone on the program (as a presenter, panelist, commentator, or chair) MUST register for the meeting and MUST be a member of the ASA.
The Wollheim Lecturer at this meeting will be Professor Derek Matravers, Open University, UK.
The ASA will provide:
The Board of Trustees of the American Society for Aesthetics has approved $7,000 in funding to support the conference on “Exploring Beauty and Truth in World of Color: Race, Art and Aesthetics in the 21st Century.” The conference, organized by Professor Charles Peterson, will be held at Oberlin College September 29-30, 2017. The ASA Trustees also approved an additional $1,000 to support travel by ASA student members to attend the conference. The conference will be free and open to the public.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Kymberly Pinder (University of New Mexico)
VISUAL ARTS (Film)
VISUAL ARTS (Material Arts)
The conference aims to take part in the growing movement to examine the role of race and ethnicity in the production of various arts and in aesthetic experience, appreciation, and judgment (where these are construed broadly to include popular culture and many aspects of everyday experience, as well as their appreciation and other aesthetic engagement with them). Race, Art and Aesthetics aims to go beyond the racial binary of Black/White to include the complexity of race and aesthetics in a multi-ethnic, multi-racial society. With this in mind, scholars are included who will discuss Jewish, East-Asian, and Latino/a perspectives, as well as African and African-American expressions.
The general approach for the conference is deeply interdisciplinary. This conference brings together both scholars from a wide range of fields – such as critical race studies, literature, film studies, English, Studio Art, Art History, History, African and African American Studies, Ethno-musicology, Fashion Studies and Comparative Literature and practitioners in these fields – with an eye toward examining the production, consumption, and appreciation of various art forms. Interdisciplinarity is also manifest within the more narrow field of philosophical aesthetics in the sense that Continental and broadly analytic perspectives are brought into conversation with one another. These various perspectives, positions, methodologies and approaches will create a gumbo of thought and discussion.
For a complete list of grants funded by the ASA in recent years:
For newly updated guidelines for ASA Major Project Initiative Grants:
The American Society for Aesthetics has helped fund a conference on Aesthetic Normativity that will take place May 19-20, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The conference is organized by John Dyck (PhD student at CUNY Graduate Center) and C. Thi Nguyen (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Utah Valley University). Additional funding is being provided by Utah Valley University and the University of Utah.
The conference will be held at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City. Dominic McIver Lopes (Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia) will be the keynote speaker. Confirmed speakers also include Nicholas Riggle (University of San Diego), Paul C. Taylor (Penn State University), and Katherine Thomson-Jones (Oberlin College).
The conference will be free and open to the public, although pre-registration will be required. Pre-register at the conference website: <objectionable.net/artrules>.
Aesthetic and artistic normativity pertain to what’s good or bad in beauty and art. They speak to what makes something—or someone—beautiful or ugly. We are seeing a renewed attention to normative issues in philosophy of art and aesthetics. The goal of this conference is to discuss and assess directions for research.
The conference is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. Pre-register at the conference website: <objectionable.net/artrules>.
The American Society for Aesthetics Board of Trustees has approved a grant of $3,990 for a conference on “The Philosophy of Portraits” at the University of Maryland, April 7-8, 2018.
The conference has been organized by Hans Maes, Senior Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Art and Director of the Aesthetics Research Centre at the University of Kent, and Jerrold Levinson, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland. Confirmed keynote speakers include A.W. Eaton, Cynthia Freeland, and Jenefer Robinson.
A call for additional papers for the conference will be announced shortly. ASA is funding two travel grants for ASA student members of $500 each for papers selected for the program.
The conference registration fee of $35 will be waived for all ASA members attending the conference.
The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to award $3000 to support the conference, “Occasioning Philosophy: A Celebration of Philosophy and Theater on the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death.” The conference will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016.
The conference, hosted by the University of Mississippi, is co-sponsored by Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi. ASA member Kristin Boyce (Mississippi State University) is the co-organizer of the conference, with Donovan Wishon (Philosophy, University of Mississippi).
The conference will include talks by Noel Carroll (CUNY Graduate Center), John Gibson (University of Louisville), Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University), James Hamilton (Kansas State University), and Paul Woodruff (University of Texas at Austin). Responses will be provided by Kristin Boyce, Eric Vivier (English, Mississippi State) and Karen Raber (English, University of Mississippi).
All events are free and open to the public.
Good News: Over the last 10 years or so there has been a noticeable increase in the number of truly outstanding conferences dedicated to issues either within Philosophical Aesthetics or at its various points of intersection with other philosophical subfields.
Bad News: These conferences are increasingly, if not now almost exclusively, based in the UK or Continental Europe. As a result, US-based Aestheticians, at least those without obscene personal travel allowances, find themselves unable to do more than stare with aching longing at all the shiny conference programs filled with philosophical delights just out of reach.
Case in point: the upcoming three-day conference on Evaluative Perception at University of Glasgow (Sept. 15-18) featuring keynote talks from:
Robert Audi (Notre Dame)
Dominic Lopes (British Colombia)
Jack Lyons (Arkansas)
Sarah McGrath (Princeton)
Paul Noordhof (York)
Susanna Siegel (Harvard)
Kathleen Stock (Sussex)
Dustin Stokes (Utah)
Pekka Väyrynen (Leeds)
Conference details can be found here
My heartiest congratulations to the programming committee for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Aesthetics (Oct. 30th-Nov. 2nd, San Diego) as they’ve managed to put together not just a fantastic program (a draft of which can be found here) but quite frankly one of the strongest ASA conference programs I’ve ever seen. The Panel Line-Up alone features a dizzing array of philosophical talent both from within Philosophical Aesthetics and from without. Check out the following examples of Panelized Philosophical Bad-Assery (**starting with the obvious show-stopper**):
Panel: Editor Meet-Critics Session on Christy Mag Uidhir’s Art and Abstract Objects
Gabriel Greenberg (UCLA)
Troy Jollimore (Cal State University, Chico)
Eric Winsberg (University of South Florida)
Christy Mag Uidhir (University of Houston)
Panel: Aesthetics and the Senses
Mohan Matthen (University of Toronto)
Diana Raffman (University of Toronto)
Clare Batty (University of Kentucky)
Jenny McMahon (University of Adelaide)
Panel: Fact, Fiction or Fraud
Stacie Friend (Heythrop College)
Joshua Landy (Stanford University)
Jonathan Weinberg (University of Arizona)
Panel: Location, Location, Location
David Davies (McGill University)
Susan Feagin (Temple University)
Sherri Irvin (University of Oklahoma)
Andrew Kania (Trinity University)
Panel: The Art of Portraiture
Cynthia Freeland (University of Houston)
Jonathan Friday (University of Kent)
Hans Maes (University of Kent)
Steve Pyke (Photographer)
Jenefer Robinson (University of Cincinnati)
Panel: Author-Meets-Critics Session on Stephen Davies’ The Artful Species
John Hyman (University of Oxford)
Stephanie Ross (University of Missouri-St. Louis)
Ajit Varki (UCSD)
Stephen Davies (University of Auckland)
Panel: Law and Aesthetics
Karen Gover (Bennington College)
Aili Bresnahan (University of Dayton)
Darren Hudson Hick (Texas Tech University)
David Osipovich (Independent Scholar)
Panel: The Aesthetics of Wine
Jonathan Cohen (UCSD)
Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp & University of Cambridge)
Barry Smith (Institute of Philosophy)
Throw in a Wollheim Lecture from Gregory Currie and a sunny SoCal host city. Et voila! An ASA Annual Meeting that should not be missed. See you in San Diego!