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Voting is Open: ASA Elections

Sunday, December 4, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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On-line voting is now available for the election of three new trustees and a new Vice-President. As provided in the ASA By-laws, Article VII, the current Board of Trustees has nominated six ASA members to stand for election: Gemma Argüello, Jane Forsey, Robert Hopkins, Anna Christina Ribeiro, Sandra Shapshay, and Paul C. Taylor. The three elected trustees will serve for three-year terms (February 1, 2017 – January 31, 2020).

The Board also has nominated two members to stand for election as Vice-President: David Davies (McGill University) and Susan Feagin (Temple Unversity). The person elected will serve for a two-year term (February 1, 2017 – January 31, 2019) and will then succeed to the Presidency.

No additional nominations were received from members of the Society.

Voting is being conducted on the ASA web site from December 4, 2016 – January 3, 2017: To vote, you must FIRST log in as a member. Then look for the red Members tab in the upper-right. Then look for the Trustee Elections sub-menu and follow the instructions.

You will only be permitted by the site to vote once. Please vote carefully, as it will not be possible to change your vote later. The site administrators will know who has voted, but not how they voted. Although the site gives you the option of identifying yourself, you are NOT required to do so in order to submit your vote.

Cumulative voting is allowed (i.e., you may cast all three of your votes for trustee for the same person). Bios of the nominees are available below.

Results will be announced as soon as possible after voting closes at midnight (MST) January 3, 2017.

If you have any questions or problems logging into the site or voting, please rush an e-mail to so we can troubleshoot with you.

The candidates for Vice-President:

David Davies is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at McGill University. He authored Art as Performance (2004), Aesthetics and Literature (2007), and Philosophy of the Performing Arts (2011), edited The Thin Red Line (2008), and co-edited Blade Runner (2015). He has published on a wide range of topics in the philosophy of art – general metaphysical, epistemological, and axiological issues, and issues relating specifically to film, photography, literature, music, theatre, dance, and visual art. He has participated annually in the ASA General meetings since 2002 – twice as a member of the Programme Committee (2006, 2013) – and in the Pacific Division meetings on 11 occasions, serving as Programme Chair in 2010. He was an ASA Trustee from 2009-12, and is a BSA Trustee since 2013, serving as co-Programme Chair for the 2016 BSA meetings, He is founding director and organizer of the annual Dubrovnik Conference on the Philosophy of art.

Susan Feagin is visiting research professor of philosophy at Temple University. She was the 2016 Wollheim Lecturer at the BSA and is currently working on a book on philosophy of theater for Oxford University Press. Publications include numerous articles and book chapters on such topics as art and emotion, empathy, tragedy, interpretation, art and knowledge, and painting and drawing.” She is the author of Reading with Feeling: The Aesthetics of Appreciation (Cornell 1996), editor of Global Theories of Aesthetics and the Arts (Wiley-Blackwell 2007) and co-editor of Aesthetics (Oxford 1997). She was editor of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism from 2003-2013 and taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City 1977-2003. A member of the ASA since 1975, she served on the Board of Trustees, various program committees, and was program chair for Asilomar 1994. She is current president of the American Society for Value Inquiry and past president of Central States Philosophical Association.

The candidates for trustee (elect three):

Gemma Argüello Manresa is Associate Professor at Universidad de las Américas Puebla. She obtained her PhD (Cum Laude) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in the Department of Philosophy, where she also received Master’s Degrees in Aesthetics and Theory of Art, and Aesthetics and Theory of Contemporary Art. She has published on Aesthetics, Digital Art Theory, Theory and Philosophy of Art and Film Theory. She participated in research projects at the Universitat Autònma de Barcelona, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Lerma, where she was Visiting Professor in the Digital Art and Media Program, and the Institute of Philosophical Research at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where she was a Postdoctoral Fellow. She works on Philosophy of Contemporary Art; Philosophy of Computer Art; the intersections between Aesthetics, Political Philosophy and Ethics; and Philosophy of Film. She has done curatorial work for exhibitions, and is a member of the Mexican National Research System.

Jane Forsey is associate professor of Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg, a primarily undergraduate university in central Canada, where she teaches in Aesthetics, Kant, and German 19th century Philosophy. Her 2013 monograph, The Aesthetics of Design (OUP), has been issued this year in paperback and in Korean translation. Current research interests include a focus on aesthetic experiences that are not necessarily pleasurable, such as those of the ugly, the unpleasant and the grotesque, for which she organized a panel at the general meeting in Savannah last year. She has served the ASA as a member of the program committee, as the 2015 ASA-sponsored speaker at the Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy, and on the selection committee for the 2016 speaker at the Rutgers Institute. For reasons she cannot explain, she has not yet been to Asilomar.

Robert Hopkins is Chair of the Philosophy Department at NYU. Before coming to the U.S. in 2012 he worked at the universities of Birmingham and Sheffield. He’s been a member of the ASA since 2001 and has attended and given papers at many of the annual conferences. Rob’s work, which covers pictorial representation, the aesthetics of the various visual arts, the imagination, and the epistemology and status of aesthetic judgement, has been published in various places, including JAAC and the BJA, but also Mind, Philosophical Review, PPR, Nous and the Journal of Philosophy. Rob served for five years on the Executive Committee of the British Society of Aesthetics and between 2007 and 2010 was Honorary Secretary (in effect, director) of the Mind Association, the learned society that publishes Mind and funds many philosophical activities in the UK. He was the first President of the European Society for Aesthetics.

Anna Christina Ribeiro is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas Tech University, where she has been since earning her PhD from the University of Maryland in 2006. Ribeiro has been a National Humanities Center fellow (2013-14) and a Mellon & Woodrow Wilson Fellow (2009-10). She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the philosophy of poetry, as well as the entries on poetry for The Blackwell Companion to Aesthetics, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature. Ribeiro is the editor of The Bloomsbury Companion to Aesthetics (2012, 2015), and her monograph Beautiful Speech: The Nature, Origins and Powers of Poetry is under contract with Oxford University Press. She was the ASA-sponsored speaker at the 2016 Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy, and the winner of the first Ornie Award for Outstanding Guest Post in the blog Aesthetics for Birds for her essay “The Philosophical Importance of Aesthetics” in 2014.

Sandy Shapshay is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University-Bloomington. She works primarily on the history of aesthetics and ethics in the 19th c, with particular focus on Schopenhauer and Kant, and aims to bring the insights of this history to bear on contemporary debates. Publications include: “Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics and the Neglect of the Sublime” (BJA, 2013) and “The Problem with the Problem of Tragedy: Schopenhauer’s Solution Revisited” (BJA, 2012), among others. With Steve Cahn and Stephanie Ross, she is editing Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology 2nd ed.(Blackwell). Shapshay’s ASA involvement dates to 2000, when she presented a paper at the annual meeting in Reno. She’s been a regular participant since, and has co-organized three aesthetics symposia at IUB (with Jonathan Weinberg and Levi Tenen). Currently serving on the program committee, if elected Trustee, she would work to further construct bridges between historically-informed aesthetics and general-normative and practical ethics. "

Paul C. Taylor is an associate professor of philosophy and African American studies at the Pennsylvania State University, where he also serves as an associate dean in the College of the Liberal Arts. Taylor undertook his formal education in philosophy at Morehouse College (BA) and Rutgers (MA and PhD), and he subsequently earned a master’s degree in public administration at the Kennedy School. He specializes mainly in race theory, aesthetics, and Africana thought, and his publications include three books and many articles and book chapters in these areas. His most recent book is Black Is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics (Blackwell). Taylor is a long time member of the ASA. His first academic publication appeared in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism more years ago than he cares to admit, and he was appointed to and served on the first ASA diversity committee in 2009.

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