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Summer Seminar on "Beauty and Why It Matters" at University of British Columbia

7/9/2018 to 7/27/2018
When: July 9-27, 2018
9:00 AM
Where: University of British Columbia
Department of Philosophy
1866 Main Hall
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6T 1Z1
Contact: Dominic McIver Lopes

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The Board of Trustees of the American Society for Aesthetics has approved $33,000 in support of a Summer Seminar on "Beauty and Why It Matters," at the University of British Columbia July 9-27, 2018. The seminar will be directed by Dominic McIver Lopes, Professor of Philosophy, UBC.

Twelve participants will be selected for the seminar, with priority for junior faculty and faculty at teaching-oriented institutions in North America and with space reserved for at least two contract faculty. A doctorate will be required, so postdoctoral fellows are eligible, but not graduate students. It is expected that some senior applicants will be included, with an eye to what they are likely to contribute to the development of their junior colleagues.

ASA membership will be required at the time of application for philosophers specialized in aesthetics. For all others, ASA membership will be required at the time of accepting a seat in the seminar. Participants will each receive a stipend of $2700 to cover travel, housing, and other expenses.

The seminar will be organized around four approaches to answering the question why aesthetic value matters: (1) The Power to Please, (2) Aesthetic and Other Values, (3) Aesthetic Activity and Human Well-Being, and (4) Personally Meaningful Aesthetic Pursuits.

Materials from the seminar will be published on a public web site hosted at UBC and later archived on the ASA web site. Participants with strong pedagogical interests will be invited to craft annotated bibliographies and sample syllabi, which will also be posted on these web sites.

The web site for the Seminar is here. UPDATED June 16, 2017

It is expected that the initial call for proposals to participate will be made on October 1, 2017. The details on how to apply will be widely publicized on the ASA web site, ASA Newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and other venues, with an anticipated submission deadline of January 14, 2018.

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