October 24-27, 2001, Minneapolis
The 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, MN, from October 24 to October 27, 2001. The program included a range of panel and paper sessions representing some of the very varied interests of the Society’s members. Although the terrible events of September 11th clearly had an effect on attendance, the meeting was a lively and convivial one.
Topics of sessions included the following: “Imagination, Film and Fiction,” “Rethinking Aesthetic Experience,” “The Natural and the Sublime in American Thought,” “Sculptural and Other Art Objects,” “Criticism and Ethics,” “Visual Art, Embodiment in the World, and the Conditions for Aesthetic Exchange,” “A Double Take on Wittgenstein’s Aspect-Seeing Remarks,” “Interpreting Law and Literature,” “Exhibiting Art,” “Hitchcock and Philosophy,” “Interpretation and Argument in Philosophy and Literature,” “Valuing Nature,” “Eighteenth Century Aesthetics,” “Philosophy of Music after Adorno,” “Understanding Works of Art,” “Criticism With and Without Principles,” “Autographic/Allographic Revisited,” “Moral Imagination, Emotion and Fiction,” “Musical Aesthetics,” “History, Style and The Theory Of Art,” “Kant’s Aesthetics,” and “Ken Burns’ Documentary Jazz.”
Two further sessions were arranged by groups within the Society: the Feminist Caucus arranged a panel discussion on “How Has Feminist Aesthetics Affected the Arts?,” while the Committee on Aesthetic Education arranged a session on “Aesthetic Education, Cognition and The Arts,” which was preceded by a gallery demonstration at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. There were Author Meets Critics sessions on Richard Shusterman’s Performing Live, Amie Thomasson’s Fiction And Metaphysics, David Carrier’s Understanding Comics, and Gregg Horowitz’s Sustaining Loss: Art And Mournful Life. The meeting also included two plenary sessions: Michael Cherlin, of the University of Minnesota, spoke on “The Passing of Worlds: Gurrelieder as Schoenberg’s Reluctant Farewell to the 19th Century,” and Whitney Davis, of the University of California, Berkeley, spoke on “Standpoints in Our Form of Life: Wittgenstein’s House for His Sister in Vienna, 1926-1928.”
Many thanks to Marcia Muelder Eaton, who served as Local Arrangements Chair, and to the University of Minnesota for its generosity. Thanks too to Curtis Carter, our Secretary-Treasurer, and to the Program Committee: John Brown, Allen Carlson, Eileen John, Aaron Meskin, Ira Newman, Jenefer Robinson, and Robert Stecker.