|2013 ASA Pacific Division Meeting|
The ASA Pacific Division meeting convened at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds for the 39th consecutive year on April 3-5, 2013. The program consisted of two panels and fifteen papers with commentary. The Wednesday evening panel was entitled “The Performing Arts” and included papers by James Hamilton, Anna Pakes, and Jonathan Neufeld on theater, dance, and music, respectively. David Davies offered enthusiastic and insightful remarks on all three contributions, each of which addressed arguments presented by Davies in his 2011 monograph Philosophy of the Performing Arts (Wiley-Blackwell). On Thursday evening, attendees enjoyed a lively author-meets-critics panel on Stephen Davies’s 2012 book The Artful Species: Aesthetics, Art and Evolution (Oxford University Press) with top-notch commentary provided by Susan Feagin and Theodore Grayck. Papers were presented on a wide range of topics including the aesthetics of games, appreciating bad art, and the paradox of disgust. The papers were authored by: Peter Alward, Eva Dadlez, John Dyck and Matt Johnson, Maria Forsberg, Jennifer Judge, Jennifer Judkins, Justine Kingsbury, Peter Kivy, Ronald Moore, Christopher Nguyen, Jenefer Robinson, Stephanie Ross, Dustin Stokes, Dabney Townsend, and James Young. The comments were of uniformly excellent standard and prompted animated discussion in every session that continued late into the night at favorite local haunts such as the Fishwife and Carbones. There were 45 participants from all corners of the globe, including seven excellent graduate students.