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Southern Aesthetics Workshop, August 30-31, 2019, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

8/30/2019 to 8/31/2019
When: August 30-31, 2019
9 am - 5 pm
Where: Auburn University
6080 Haley Center
Auburn, Alabama  36830
United States
Contact: Aaron Meskin & James Shelley

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The American Society for Aesthetics Board of Trustees has approved a grant of $3,640 in support of a Southern Aesthetics Workshop, to be held August 30-31, 2019, at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Aaron Meskin, Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia and James Shelley, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Auburn University. Substantial cost-sharing for the Workshop is being provided by the Auburn Philosophy Department.

RSVP: The conference is free and open to the public, but please let us know you plan to attend, so we can be sure to have enough food and seating and so we can send you the six papers for pre-reading.- James Shelley (

Schedule: Free and open to the public

August 30, 2019

  • 11:00-12:00     Registration
  • 12:00-12:25     Welcome and Introduction
  • 12:30-1:25       Lunch
  • 1:30-2:25         Paper by Kristin Boyce, Mississippi State University
  • 2:30-3:25         Paper by Julianne Chung, University of Louisville
  • 3:30-3:55         Break—light snack available
  • 4:00-5:55         Keynote Address: Paul C. Taylor, Vanderbilt University

August 31, 2019

  • 9:00-9:25         Coffee and Pastries
  • 9:30-10:25       Paper by Anthony Cross, Texas State University
  • 10:30-11:25     Southern Society Planning Meeting I
  • 11:30-12:25     Paper by James Dow, Hendrix College
  • 12:30-1:25       Lunch
  • 1:30-2:25         Paper by Jay Miller, Warren Wilson College
  • 2:30-3:25         Paper by Elizabeth Scarbrough, Florida International University 
  • 3:30-3:55         Break—light snack available
  • 4:00-4:55         Southern Society Planning Meeting II

Local Information

Conference Venue: All sessions of the Southern Aesthetics Workshop will be held at The Program Room at Pebble Hill, a small conference facility owned by Auburn University. It’s located at the intersection of Debardeleben and Magnolia, a ten to fifteen minute walk from campus. You can find directions here.

Hotels: The two best places to stay are:

These are within a block of one another, within a block of campus, and within walking distance to Pebble Hill. A shuttle runs between The Hotel at Auburn University and the Atlanta airport. If you plan on driving to Auburn, there are also a number places to stay near Highway 85 exits, including:

The conference organizers advise against trying to walk from any of these places to Pebble Hill, especially in August.

Travel: The best airport to use is almost always Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta. There are regional airports in Columbus and Montgomery that will get you nearer, but they won’t save you time, and there is no shuttle. Birmingham is farther. The shuttle from the Atlanta airport to the Hotel at Auburn University is operated by Groome Transportation. It’s a good idea to book a reservation in advance, which you can do here. If you drive, there is parking available at each of the hotels listed above, though I expect the two nearest the University charge. There is free parking at Pebble Hill, the site of the workshop. 


The workshop will be comprised of three activities: (a)  a series of six pre-read sessions which will focus on submitted work by junior scholar along with two responses, (b) a keynote address by Professor Paul C. Taylor, Vanderbilt University, and (c) planning meetings about the future of the Southern Division of the ASA.

Commentators on the papers: Christopher Bartel, John Dyck, Simon Evnine, John Gibson, Keren Gorodeisky, René Jagnow, Andrew Kania, Christy Mag Uidhir, Madeline Martin-Seaver, Aaron Meskin, Guy Rohrbaugh, Jonathan Weinberg

The goals of the project include:

  • Exploring the possibilities and potential of a new Southern Division of the ASA;
  • Promoting research in aesthetics and philosophy of art by junior members of the ASA working in the southern region of the U.S. (broadly construed);
  • Forging connections and initiating dialogue between aestheticians working in the South; and
  • Allowing students a first opportunity to participate in a professional workshop.

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