Santa Fe, New Mexico
July 10-12, 2015
Opening remarks by Division President Reuben J. Ellis and Secretary Allison Hagerman began at 8:30 on Friday, July 10. Following opening remarks, the group heard from Julie C. Van Camp, Secretary-Treasurer & Executive Director, American Society for Aesthetics her presentation, "The Future of the ASA." The first session began at 9:00. The business meeting began at 11:45 Sunday, July 12, after the final sessions ended at 11:30. This year, we were pleased to have Christy Mag Uidhir of the University of Houston deliver the Manual Davenport Keynote Address on Friday afternoon. Mary Anne Santos Newhall of the University of New Mexico delivered the Michael Manson Keynote Presentation by the Visiting Artist on Saturday afternoon. The Saturday evening reception held at the hotel was once again well attended. This year the group was also hosted on Friday by Reuben Ellis and Rebecca Mardach for a "Santa Fe Soirée" held off the hotel grounds.
This year’s schedule included the second annual presentation of the RMDASA Graduate Student Essay Award for Best Paper in Philosophy. This year, there was a tie, and so two prizes of $125 each were awarded. The 2015 winners of the Graduate Student Essay Award were: David Liakos, of the University of New Mexico for his "Gadamer’s Critique of Kant’s Subjectivized Aesthetics" and Diana A. Yarzagaray, of Texas A&M University for her "Of Beauty and Ugliness: The Aesthetics of W.E.B. Du Bois." The prize is made possible by the generous support of The Center for Philosophical Studies, Lamar University, Arthur Stewart, Director. The RMDASA wishes to express its appreciation to Dr. Stewart for his annual five hundred dollars of financial support for the past fourteen years, as well as his funding of the Graduate Student Essay Award established in 2014.
2015 marked the first year of the term of Division President Reuben J. Ellis and the final year of service of Secretary Allison Hagerman. No Vice President served the Division this year. At the business meeting, Sheryl Tuttle Ross was elected Vice-President and Arthur Stewart was elected Secretary, their terms to commence immediately upon completion of the 2015 annual meeting. This year’s business meeting was attended by 12 members/participants (the same attendance level as in 2014).
This year 41 papers were presented at the meet. This compares with the past three years as follows:
2015: 41 papers
2014: 33 papers
2013: 26 papers
2012: 27 papers
The forty-one presentations reflect the long-standing interdisciplinary focus of the division. The session chairs managed the timing of presentations and discussions with uniform excellence and grace. We offer thanks to all of them: Allison Hagerman, Reuben Ellis, Norman Fischer, Nicole Keating, Jon Mark Mikkelsen, James Mock, Sheryl Tuttle Ross, Raphael Sassower, Arthur Stewart, Peg Brand Weiser, and Spencer Wertz
The date for the 2016 meeting of the RMDASA has not yet been determined. Arrangements for the 2016 meeting and the call for papers will be announced according to the normal schedule on both the ASA and Division websites.
President of the RMDASA