After 32 years of service, Mary Wiseman Goldstein has stepped down from the editorial board of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Until her retirement, she taught philosophy and comparative literature at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City Unviersity of New York. Her publications include The Ecstasies of Roland Barthes (Routledge 1989, reissued 2016) and co-edited Subversive Strategies in Contemporary Chinese Art (Brill 2011). She has lectured and taught in Paris, Beijing, and other cities in China. In addition to serving on the JAAC editorial board, she is a former trustee of St. John's College and the American Society for Aesthetics.
The editorial board has selected David Davies to succeed her. Davies is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at McGill University, where he has taught since 1987. He has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario (1987), following a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Wadham College, Oxford, 1970) and an MA in Philosophy (Manitoba 1979). His doctoral research and much of his research for the following few years was on the Realism/Anti-Realism debate in contemporary metaphysics, and on related issues in the Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Language. For the past 18 years his research has focused mainly on metaphysical and epistemological issues in the Philosophy of Art, where he has also published widely on topics relating to literature, film, photography, music, performance, and the visual arts. He is the author of Art as Performanc (Blackwell 2004), Aesthetics and Literature (Continuum 2007), and Philosophy of the Performing Arts (Wiley-Blackwell 2011), editor of The Thin Red Line (Routledge 2008), and co-editor of Blade Runner (Routledge 2015). He is founding director of the Philosophy of Art conference held at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik, Croatia, since 2012.