Wednesday, August 3, 2016

AFB Relaunching Fall 2016!

Aesthetics for Birds has been and will be down for a bit while we spruce up the site and bring on some awesome new blog contributors. Please be patient and check back in September! Thank you!

Nicolas Amiard

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ASA Announces New "Green Membership" option

ASA Announces New "Green Membership" Option

The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announced that the ASA Board of Trustees has unanimously approved adding a "Green Membership" option, commencing on January 1, 2017.
The traditional print membership will continue, at the same dues rates in 2017 as 2016. Features of the Green Membership option include:
  • All member benefits except any and all mailing of print materials, including JAAC, the ASA Newsletter, and any additional postal mailings during the green membership term;
  • Green members will continue to be able to access all JAAC issues in the Wiley On-Line Library (which commences with Vol. 59-2011) immediately upon publication; access to the Wiley On-Line Library is restricted to 100 pages/day;
  • Green members will be able to access all current and archived issues of the ASA Newsletter on the ASA web site via the member log-in;
  • A reduction in dues ranging from $3/year (domestic) to $18/year (international).
The switch to green membership can only occur at the end of a current member term on December 31. We regret that pro-rating existing memberships and providing rebates is not feasible for ASA. As all student memberships are for one-year only, all student members will be eligible for green membership when they renew January 1, 2017.
Membership renewals are available on the ASA site three months before expiration (October 1). The green membership option will be included for all memberships expiring 12/31/2016.
Currently, brand new members who join ASA in the last three months of the year are extended to 12/31 of the next calendar year. This will continue and new members joining in October-December 2016 may join as a green member for the entire period through 12/31/2017.
We caution that persons who expect to need print copies of JAAC or the ASA Newsletter in the future should decline the green membership option. ASA will not be able to provide print copies to authors published in JAAC or the ASA Newsletter, whether articles, discussion essays, or reviews.
  • An international student currently pays $50/year ($35 dues + $15 international mailing surcharge). With a green membership, that student will pay only $32/year, total.
  • An international regular  member currently pays $95/year ($80 dues + $15 international mailing surcharge). With a green membership, that member will pay only $77/year, total.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Calls for Papers

Calls for Papers

American Society for Aesthetics Calls for Papers:

Pacific Division meeting, April 5-7, 2017: Submission deadline: November 1, 2016.

Other Calls:

Conference on Ethics and Aesthetics of Stand-Up Comedy, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, April 19-22, 2017. Submission Deadline: December 10, 2016.
Philosophy of Dance Symposium, September 8-10, 2016 Submission deadline: June 14, 2016
On the Virtual. Coimbra, Portugal, 27–29 October, 2016. Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2016.
Aesthetic Investigations, CFP vol. 2, No. 2, see also 2016 CFPs. Deadline extended: June 15, 2016.

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.  

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

100 Philosophers 100 Artworks 100 Words #51

Philosopher: Ben Blumson, National University of Singapore

Artwork: Self-Portrait with Lens Cap On, Johnny Manahan, 1972

Words: Johnny Manahan's photographs are monochrome squares in the tradition of Malevich or Rauschenberg but in the medium of photography.

There are many examples of the informational content of photographs outstripping their intentional content - an accidentally taken photograph, for example, conveys information about a scene without having been intended to depict that scene. But Manahan's self-portraits are illustrations of the reverse, since they are intended to depict Manahan, but - since the photographs would have been the same, even if his appearance had been different - they carry no information about his appearance.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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.

ASA Curriculum Diversification Grants Announced for 2016

The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Curriculum Diversification Grant competition:
  • Meilin Chinn, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Santa Clara University.
    Project title: Asian Aesthetics.
  •  Hans Maes, Senior Lecturer, History and Philosophy of Art, and Director,
    Aesthetics Research Centre, University of Kent (UK). Project title: The
    Aesthetics of Portraiture.
  • Mariana Ortega, Professor of Philosophy, John Carroll University. Project
    title: Aesthetic Othering—The Case of Photographic Representation.
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 2016. This is a project of the ASA Diversity Committee, chaired by A.W. Eaton.
To see the final curricula of the 2015 winners, click here.
The ASA has a three-year commitment to this project. Three more awards will be made in 2017. Guidelines will be available in the spring of 2017.