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The future of aesthetics and the ASA
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In the spring of 2016, the ASA conducted an essay competition for junior scholars on the future of aesthetics and the ASA. Entrants were asked to address these questions: What is the future of academic studies of aesthetics, what new possibilities exist, and what innovations should the American Society for Aesthetics pursue as it develops future plans?

The five winning essay writers are receiving travel support to the 74th Annual Meeting in Seattle in November 16-19, 2016. A special session with the winners will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 9-11 am in the West Room (3rd floor) of the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

We hope you can join us to discuss these important issues. The winning essays are posted here. The winners will only summarize their suggestions at the November 19 session, as we want to allow time to hear from you on your ideas for the future of aesthetics and the ASA.

FIRST PRIZE: John Dyck, PhD Student, CUNY-The Graduate Center, New York, NY

SECOND PRIZE: Brian Soucek, Assistant Professor, UC Davis School of Law, Davis, California

HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order): Robert R. Clewis, Philosophy Department, Gwynedd Mercy University, Philadelphia, PA

Peter L. Doebler, Kettering Postdoctoral Curatorial Assistant in Asian Art, The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio

Sarah Gokhale, Graduate Student, CUNY-The Graduate Center, New York City, NY

Please note that each author retains copyright on his or her own essay. If you reproduce for your teaching, please give full credit to the author. For commercial use, please contact the individual author for permission.

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