CFP: American Society for Aesthetics - Eastern Division Conference

Submission deadline: January 15, 2018

Conference date(s):
April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018

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Conference Venue:

American Society for Aesthetics
Philadelphia, United States

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Plenary Lecture
Paul C. Taylor: “Reconstruction in Aesthetics: Anxieties of Deweyan Influence”
Paul C. Taylor is currently Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at Penn State University. In the fall, he will take up the W. Alton Jones Chair of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Black is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics (Routledge, 2016).

Temple University’s Beardsley Lecture
Murray Smith: “Philosophical Naturalism, Aesthetic Experience, and Aesthetic Value”
Murray Smith is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Kent, and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton University. He is the author of Film, Art, and the Third Culture: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film (Oxford University Press, 2017).

We invite papers on any topic in aesthetics, as well as proposals for panels, author-meets-critics, or other special sessions. Papers and proposals from traditionally underrepresented groups (including women, racial minorities, and persons with disabilities, among others) are encouraged. We welcome volunteers to serve as session chairs and commentators. To submit a paper or panel proposal for consideration you must be a member of the American Society for Aesthetics, and if your paper is accepted you must register for the conference. You can join ASA on-line: hap://

Papers should not exceed 3,000 words, should be accompanied by a 100-word abstract, and must be prepared for blind review. Panel proposals must include a general description of the topic or theme, the names and affiliations of all proposed participants, and a long abstract (approximately 1000 words) for each of the presentations. The abstract should articulate the thesis and central argument(s) of the talk.

For the first time, $1000 will be available for Irene H. Chayes Travel grants, from the American Society for Aesthetics, for paper presenters with no other access to travel funds. To apply, notify meeting organizers that you wish to be considered, with an estimate of your travel costs. Do not include this in your paper.
Please send submissions in PDF, Word, or RTF format to
Please feel free to direct questions to the Program Co-Chairs: David Clowney (Rowan
University) or John Dyck (CUNY - The Graduate Center)

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