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Kenneth Walden Wins the Inaugural Danto/ASA Prize!

Military Symbols 1, Marsden Hartley, ca. 1913–14, Charcoal on paper, 24 1/4 x 18 1/4 in., The MET

The American Philosophical Association and the American Society for Aesthetics are pleased to announce that Professor Kenneth Walden (Dartmouth College) has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize for his paper, “Art and Moral Revolution.”

The Danto/ASA Prize, in the amount of $1,000, is awarded to a member of the APA and the ASA for the best paper in the field of aesthetics, broadly understood. In addition, a symposium in honor of the recipient of the prize is held at the APA Eastern Division meeting, normally the next such meeting following the selection of the prize winner. This prize is in honor of the late Arthur Danto, a past president of the APA Eastern Division.

Walden is assistant professor of philosophy at Dartmouth College. His areas of expertise are ethics, epistemology, Kant, and aesthetics. He received his Ph.D. from MIT. Walden has published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Ethics, Philosophical Studies, and Oxford Studies in Metaethics, with two articles forthcoming at other journals.

The chair of the selection committee said, “Works of art can effect incremental tweaks to our moral concepts or patterns of moral response. Kenneth Walden’s “Art and Moral Revolution” contends that art sometimes goes further, transforming frameworks of moral thought. In the spirit of Arthur Danto, in whose memory this prize is given, Walden advances an ambitious and far-reaching argument through insightful redescriptions of Wagnerian opera and the provocative street performances of the Cynics.”

Original post: http://blog.apaonline.org/2017/06/21/kenneth-walden-wins-the-inaugural-dantoasa-prize/


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Congrats to the Winners of the 2017 APA Curriculum Diversification Grants

ca. 1885, Made in New York, United States, Silk, satin, velvet, and cotton, credit: The Met

The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Curriculum Diversification Grant competition:

Chris Jenkins, Associate Dean for Academic Support, Oberlin Conservatory
Project:  The Aesthetics of African-American Classical Music
Erich Hatala Matthes, Assistant Professor, Wellesley College
Project: Art and Cultural Heritage
Rossen Ventzislavov, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Woodbury University
Project: The Aesthetics of Performance Art
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE WINNERS!!!

Each will receive a grant of $5,000 to prepare the proposed diversity curriculum. These will be posted on the ASA web site in September 2017. This is a project of the ASA Diversity Committee, chaired by Thi Nguyen.

To see the final curricula of the 2015 and 2016 winners, click here.


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Arthur Danto ASA Prize – Deadline 5/31

The Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize will be awarded to a member of the APA and the ASA for the best paper in the field of aesthetics, broadly understood, in a refereed journal, or an original book chapter or original essay published in a collection with a multiplicity of contributors. This prize is in honor of the late Arthur Danto, a past president of the APA Eastern Division.

Arthur C. Danto, Head, 1957, woodcut,
15”x18.25”. Photo: Liz Murphy Thomas.

The winner receives a $1,000 prize. In addition, a symposium in honor of the recipient of the prize is held at the APA Eastern Division meeting, normally the next such meeting following the selection of the prizewinner.

The nomination deadline is May 31, 2017.

Nominees must be members of both the APA and the ASA in the year of the nomination. For the inaugural award, nominated papers must have been published in 2015 or 2016. Nominations must be from a person who is a member of both the APA and the ASA at the time of nomination. Self-nominations are not permitted. To submit a nomination, fill out the Danto/ASA Prize nomination form.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

 


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New Arthur Danto/ASA Prize Announced

The American Philosophical Association and the American Society for Aesthetics are pleased to announce the establishment of the Arthur Danto/American Society for Aesthetics Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding published work in aesthetics in honor of the late Arthur Danto, a past-president of the APA-Eastern Division.

The Prize will be awarded to a member of the APA and ASA for the best paper in the field of aesthetics, broadly understood, in a refereed journal, or an original book chapter or original essay published in a collection with a multiplicity of contributors. The award will be presented in even-numbered years, commencing in 2018.

The winner will receive a $1,000 prize. In addition, a symposium in honor of the recipient of the Prize will be held at the APA Eastern Division meeting, normally the next such meeting following the selection of the prize winner. The symposium will normally include a summary of the selected paper by the award winner, followed by panelists commenting upon the ideas of the selected paper, then followed by a response from the award winner.

For the 2018 award, the nomination deadline is May 31, 2017. Nominations of papers published in 2015 and 2016 are encouraged from journal editors, authors, and colleagues. Nominations must be from a person who is a member of both APA and ASA at the time of nomination. Each such person may nominate only one paper per year and self-nominations are not permitted. The nominated material should be submitted electronically as a PDF replicating the original publication. Eligibility is governed by the volume year of the journal, regardless of the date on which the issue containing the nominated article actually appeared in print. Any individual may win the Prize only once.

In addition to providing the funds for the award, the ASA will provide travel support to the winner if that person has no other access to travel funds that could be used for the meeting during the academic year of the prize receipt. The travel funds would be determined solely on the basis of financial need, not the perceived merit of the paper.

Selection of the winner and the commentators for the symposium will be made jointly by representatives from the ASA and the APA with expertise in aesthetics, broadly understood.

For more information, please contact prizes@apaonline.org or secretary-treasurer@aesthetics-online.org

The ASA Newsletter dedicated to the memory of Arthur Danto (Issue 33.3-Winter 2013) is available here.


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Graduate Student Paper Prize winners

Graduate Student Paper Prize Winners: Rocky Mountain Division & Center for Philosophical Studies

The Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics and the Center for Philosophical Studies (CPS) at Lamar University have announced the winners of the 2016 Graduate Student in Philosophy Essay Prize for the best papers submitted by graduate students in Philosophy.

  • Wendy Bustamante, Texas A&M University
  • Jeremy Millington, Temple University
  • Eric Murphy, McGill University
  • Ariane Nomikos, SUNY-Buffalo

Prizes (funded by the Center for Philosophical Studies) will be awarded at the RMD meeting in Santa Fe, July 8-10, 2016, where the papers will be presented.

The program is available here.

Judges this year were Dr. Arthur Stewart, CPS Director, and Professor James Mock, of the University of Central Oklahoma.


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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 secretary-treasurer@aesthetics-online.org. 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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ASA Junior Scholars Essay Contest winners announced

The American Society for Aesthetics has announced the five winners of the Junior Scholars Essay Contest on the future of aesthetics and the ASA.

First Prize: John Dyck, Doctoral Student in Philosophy, CUNY-Graduate Center

Second Prize: Brian Soucek, Assistant Professor of Law, University of California Davis School of Law

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):

Robert R. Clewis, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Gwynedd Mercy University

Peter Doebler, Hone Research Fellow for Museum Engagement, The Dayton Art Institute

Sarah Gokhale, Graduate Student, CUNY

The five winning essays will be posted on the ASA web site in early September. In addition, all five winners will present their ideas on the future of aesthetics and the ASA at the ASA Annual Meeting in Seattle, at a special session Saturday morning, November 19.

We encourage everyone interested in the future of aesthetics and the ASA to read their essays and attend the special session to share your ideas. These discussions will help lead us into our celebration of the 75th anniversary of the ASA in 2017.


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2017 John Fisher Memorial Prize Announced

The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to sponsor the biennial John Fisher Memorial Prize in Aesthetics. The prize is awarded to an original essay in aesthetics, created in memory of the late John Fisher, editor of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism from 1973 to 1988.

The Prize is offered to foster the development of new voices and talent in the field of aesthetics

The regulations for the competition are as follows:

i)  Amount.  The amount of the Prize is $1,000.

ii)  Deadline. The deadline for the next opportunity will be 15 January 2017.

iii)  Eligibility.  The Prize is intended to foster the development of new talent in the field of aesthetics. The competition is limited to those persons who have completed the terminal degree in their field and are in the early stages of participation in their profession. Persons in doubt about their qualifications are encouraged to consult the editor of JAAC in advance (jaac@cmich.edu). Entrants should include with their entry a statement indicating how they qualify. Entry is not limited to members of the ASA.

iv)  Essay Content and Length.  The essay may be on any topic in aesthetics understood according to the characterization on the masthead of JAAC. The essay should be a maximum of 7,500 words (about thirty double-spaced pages). Entries will also be considered for publication in JAAC, unless the entrant requests otherwise.

v)  Judging.  The judges for the Prize are drawn from members of the JAAC Editorial Board by the editors in consultation with the Board. (The Prize may not be awarded if, in the opinion of the judges, no entry of sufficient merit is received.)

vi)  Presentation.  The bi-annual winning essay will be published in JAAC. The author will also have the opportunity to read the paper at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics that follows announcement of a winner.

vii)  Submission Requirements.  Submissions may not have been previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. Upload submissions to the JAAC online submission website, https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jaac. Submissions should include an abstract. Make sure the submission letter clearly identifies the paper as a submission for the John Fisher Memorial Prize, and include a statement of qualifications.

viii) Questions. Contact  jaac@cmich.edu