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Applications now being accepted for 2018 Summer Seminar

Tuesday, October 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Summer Seminar on "Beauty and Why It Matters," to be held at the University of British Columbia, July 9-28. The seminar will be directed by Dominic McIver Lopes, Professor of Philosophy, UBC. The deadline for applications is January 14, 2018.

This is a three-week NEH-style summer seminar for twelve scholars, each receiving a stipend of USD 2700 from the American Society for Aesthetics to cover travel, housing, and other expenses. The seminar is co-sponsored by UBC and the American Society for Aesthetics. The ASA Board of Trustees approved $33,000 in support of the seminar.

Philosophers working in aesthetics or value theory are invited to apply, as are scholars in the fine arts and the social and behavioural sciences. Successful applicants will propose research or pedagogical projects that promise to benefit from and contribute to the seminar. A doctorate is required by the application deadline. Senior scholars may apply, but priority will be given to junior faculty, contract faculty, and faculty at teaching-oriented institutions in North America.

For more information about the topic of the seminar and how to apply:

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.

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.

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