November 18-21, 2015
The 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics was held at the DeSoto Hilton in Savannah, Georgia, November 18-21, 2015.
The program committee received 93 paper submissions (including 33.5 by graduate students) of which 40 were accepted (including 13.5 by graduate students). We received 14 panel proposals (five originating with the program committee), and accepted 13 (three of which were author-meets-critics panels). These numbers represent a significant increase in submissions over recent years. In both 2013 and 2014, submissions were in the high 70s; in 2011 and 2012 in the high 50s.
We celebrated the 25th anniversary of the ASA's Feminist Caucus Committee with a series of workshop sessions throughout the last day of the conference.
The Danto Plenary lecture, "Cultural Expression of the Low-Country Rice Culture," was delivered by artist and cultural historian Jonathan Green. Engaged, wide-ranging discussion followed. The Wollheim lecture, "Another Darwinian Aesthetic," was delivered by Catherine Wilson (University of York /CUNY Graduate Center). Both talks were followed by buzzing receptions.
I thank the many people who helped make this program a success. First, the members of the program committee: Paloma Atencia-Linares, Sondra Bacharach, John Carvalho, Eva Dadlez, Saul Fisher, Henry Pratt, Jenefer Robinson, and Bill Seeley, all of whom gave generously of their time and wisdom. I would like to single Bill out for being of particular help in organizing panels and invited speakers, including Beatriz Calvo-Merino (City University London), the first ASA Invited International Scholar. Thanks to Sarah Worth for suggesting Jonathan Green for this year's Danto Plenary session, and to the British Society for Aesthetics for sending us a splendid Wollheim lecturer. Peg Weiser Brand's efficient organization of the Feminist Caucus Committee's 25th Anniversary Workshop Sessions meant that there was a whole tranche of the program I didn't have to worry about for a second. Dabney Townsend and Julie Van Camp always had answers to my many questions, despite having simultaneously to negotiate the passing of the Secretary-Treasurer's baton. Aaron Meskin and Derek Matravers were unfailingly helpful in sharing their experience as previous program chairs. All our efforts would be for naught, of course, without the contributions of the authors, commentators, and chairs, which made this a characteristically excellent meeting.