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ASA Eastern Meeting April 17-18, 2020

 Export to Your Calendar 4/17/2020 to 4/18/2020
When: April 17-18, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Notary Hotel (formerly the Courtyard Marriott)
21 North Juniper Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19107
United States
Contact: Laura Di Summa-Knoop, Michel-Antoine Xhignesse, Javier Gomez-Lavin

Online registration is available until: 4/30/2020
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We are very pleased to announce that Laura Di Summa-Knoop (William Patterson University), Michel-Antoine Xhignesse (University of British Columbia), and Javier Gomez-Lavin (University of Pennsylvania) will be the co-organizers of this meeting, with assistance from David Clowney (Rowan University). 

The Eastern Division of the American Society for Aesthetics will hold its 2020 meeting, in Philadelphia April 17-18, 2020, at the Notary Hotel (formerly the Courtyard Marriott).

The deadline for paper and panel submissions was January 15. If you would like to volunteer to be a commentator or chair, please contact the program committee at

The keynote speaker will be Sandra Shapshay, who will be Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College in New York this fall.

The Monroe Beardsley lecture will be delivered at the Barnes Foundation by Richard Eldridge, Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College

Papers on any topic in aesthetics are invited, as well as proposals for panels, author-meets-critics, or other special sessions. Papers and proposals from traditionally underrepresented groups (including women, racial minorities, and persons with disabilities, among others) are encouraged. We welcome volunteers to serve as session chairs and commentators. To submit a paper or a panel proposal for consideration you must be a member of the American Society for Aesthetics, and if your paper is accepted you must register for the conference. You can join ASA online: http://aesthetics-online.orgPapers should not exceed 3,000 words, should be accompanied by a 100-word abstract, and must be prepared for anonymous review. Panel proposals must include a general description of the topic or theme, the names and affiliations of all proposed participants, and a long abstract (approximately 1000 words) for each of the presentations. The abstract should articulate the thesis and central argument(s) of the talk.

$1200 (total) will be available for Irene H. Chayes Travel grants, from the American Society for Aesthetics, for papers presenters with no other access to travel funds. To apply, notify the organizers that you wish to be considered, and estimate your travel costs. Do not include this in your paper. The decisions regarding which presenters receive funds and for how much is made by the meeting organizers.

Please send submission in PDF, Word, or RTF format to Laura Di Summa, Michel-Antoine Xhignesse, and Javier Gomez-Lavin at

Please feel free to direct questions to the Program Co-Chairs: Michel-Antoine Xhignesse (Capilano), or Laura Di Summa (William Paterson), or Javier Gomez-Lavin (University of Pennsylvania)

If you're wondering about other meetings next spring:

  • CAA: Chicago, IL: February 12-15, 2020
    • APA Central: Chicago, IL: February 26-29, 2020
    • ASA Pacific: Berkeley City Club: March 20-21, 2020
    • APA Pacific: San Francisco, CA: April 8-12, 2020
    • ASA RMD: Santa Fe: July 10-12, 2020


  • On-line with credit card: FIRST log into this ASA site so you are shown ASA member discounted rates
    • Click the red REGISTER button in the upper-right of this page
    • Deadline for early-bird discount: March 30

    • Register with a check through US mail: use this form
    • Deadline for early-bird discount: March 30 postmark
    • After March 30, please bring this form with you to the meeting with your check or cash.

LODGING AT THE CONFERENCE HOTEL: The conference hotel is the Notary Hotel (formerly the Courtyard Marriott). This is our last year at this hotel, which has been substantially renovated. You will be provided with the link as soon as you register for the meeting. The deadline for booking at the conference hotel to get our rate: March 14, 2019


  • From the Philadelphia Airport: take the Regional Rail service to Jefferson Station/10-11th Street. ($6.75 each way; credit cards at fare machines at station). Walk west on Filbert two blocks to the hotel.
  • From the Philadelphia Arport via taxi: estimated $30-$50, depending on traffic
  • From 30th Street Train Station via subway: take the Market-Frankford subway line east to 13th St. Fare: $2.50 (cash only-exact fare)
  • From 30th Street Train Station via taxi: Estimated $11, although wide variance depending on traffic


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