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CFP: Pacific Division Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics

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6-8 April 2016, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California


The Asilomar Conference Grounds on the Monterey peninsula have served as the stage for the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics for over 40 year. The idyllic setting at Asilomar has traditionally produced a strong program with a broad draw from within philosophy of art. The 2015 meeting hosted a special panel on embodiment and the arts with Sean Kelly (Harvard University), Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley), and David Davies. Other recent contributors have included Stephen Davies, Peter Kivy, Dom Lopes, Derek Matravers, Jenefer Robinson, and Kendall Walton.

We are now busy preparing next year’s meeting. We would like to see you there. We welcome paper and panel submissions from persons in all arts-related disciplines, including graduate students. Submissions may treat any area of interest within aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

Particular attention will be given to papers that focus on interdisciplinary connections in philosophy of art as a complement to our special panel:

Neuroscience, Film, and the Philosophy of Art

Invited Speaker: James Cutting (Cornell University, Psychology)

Other possible topics include, but are not limited to: art and imagination; issues relating to the perception and appreciation of art; embodiment and the arts; experimental aesthetics; phenomenology of art and artworks; history of aesthetics; philosophy of literature; philosophy of film and media arts; philosophy of music, dance and theatre; representation and depiction; the aesthetics of sport; and reflections on the state of the discipline, including its relationship to other philosophical domains and empirically grounded research.

Paper submissions must not exceed 3,000 words in length (20 minutes in presentation time), and should be accompanied by 100-word abstracts.

Panel proposals should include a general description of the topic or theme, along with the names and affiliations of all proposed participants and brief abstracts of all papers. Essays written by graduate students may be considered for a special award, and all graduate student submissions should be clearly marked as such. Volunteers to serve as commentators and/or chairs are welcome.

All papers or proposals should be submitted electronically to William Seeley and Olivier Mathieu at asapacific2016@gmail.com. Please email the organizers also at this address if you would like to comment on a paper or chair a session.