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Student Travel Grants Announced for Symposium: Black Aesthetics

Thursday, December 22, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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Travel grants of up to $350 are available for graduate student members of the American Society for Aesthetics (ASA) to attend "Questioning Aesthetics Symposium: Black Aesthetics," March 31-April 1, 2017, Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)

Inspired by the recent publication of numerous books on Black Aesthetics from a wide range of disciplines, many of which are provoked by the tragic deaths, incarceration, conditions of inequality, and forms of creative resistance affecting black people today, Monique Roelofs and Michael Kelly are organizing a two-day “Questioning Aesthetics Symposium on Black Aesthetics” at Hampshire College. With the title “Black Aesthetics” we do not assume any one conception of Black Aesthetics or even that there is such a thing, as we understand aesthetics to be critical thinking about art, culture, design, and nature, often in relation to social, political, and moral issues.

The symposium comprises six panels with 16 speakers, followed by a roundtable for all attendees. Confirmed speakers include GerShun Avilez, Caitlin Cherry, Anthony Cokes, Jeremy M. Glick, Deborah Goffe, James Haile III, Phillip Brian Harper, Daphne Lamothe, Meleko Mokgosi, Amy Abugo Ongiri, Mickaella Perina, Kevin Quashie, Cherise Smith, Paul C. Taylor, Simone White, and Mabel O. Wilson. The program along with bios will be available soon at and at

Related events on Thursday, March 30, include a workshop by Mabel O. Wilson from 2:00-4:00 pm, and a lecture by Fred Moten at 5:00 pm, both at Hampshire College. Moten will also be doing a poetry reading on that same day at 8:00 pm at UMass/Amherst.

Graduate student members of the ASA are invited to apply for travel grants of $350. Student membership in the ASA is $35.00, which can be submitted as you apply, if you aren’t already an ASA member. A total of 3-5 grants will be awarded.

Applications should submit a statement of interest (500-750 words) and a short CV (1-2 letters of recommendation not required, but will be considered). In your statement, please speak to previous work you have done on black aesthetics in the broad sense signaled above, and indicate how this subject informs your studies.

Please send your application to the two co-organizers by January 20, 2017:

Michael Kelly & Monique Roelofs

“Questioning Aesthetics Symposium: Black Aesthetics” is generously funded by Hampshire College, the Transdisciplinary Aesthetics Foundation, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Five-College Lecture Fund, and the American Society for Aesthetics.

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