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ASA Announces Irene H. Chayes New Voices Awards

Wednesday, February 28, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Irene H. Chayes New Voices Awards: Emmanuel Ordóñez Angulo, University College, London, and Daniel Wilson, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Both papers will be presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the ASA in Toronto, October 10-13, 2018.

Ordóñez Angulo’s paper, “Transformative Torture, “ draws from his experience as a filmmaker in Mexico considering the representation of violence in film and his current philosophical studies in epistemology and philosophy of mind.

Wilson’s paper, “Wehi and the Sublime,” draws from his heritage as Māori (the indigenous people of New Zealand) and his studies in philosophy and literature on the teaching of the traditional Māori school of higher learning.

The awards were established in 2017 by the Board of Trustees of the ASA, at the request of the ASA Diversity Committee, to nourish and sustain an ethos of inclusivity in all aspects of the Society’s activities, and in the discipline of aesthetics more broadly.

Applicants were asked to demonstrate the following characteristics:

1.      The author’s understanding of the barriers that lead to the underrepresentation of women, ethnic and racial minorities, non-gender-conforming individuals, persons with disabilities, persons from low-socio-economic-status backgrounds, and other members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education careers. Evidence of this understanding may be drawn from the author’s life experiences and educational background, and should be explained in a short personal statement.

2.       The author’s capacity to apply their understanding of the conditions of underrepresentation to their research. Applicants should demonstrate this critical perspective by, for example, proposing research topics that pertain in a substantial way to the artistic production or aesthetic experience of underrepresented groups.

Preference was given to applicants who are students, faculty on fixed-term, non-tenure ­stream contracts, or not in academic employment. 

Award recipients will receive $1,000 plus a travel grant of $1250 to present their work at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Toronto, October 10-13, 2018. Paper submissions were reviewed anonymously with all other papers for the meeting by the ASA program committee, without any information on their request for the New Voices Award or other support. Eligibility for the Irene H. Chayes New Voices Award was reviewed by the chair of the ASA diversity committee. The final selection was made jointly by the Chairs of the Program Committee and the Diversity Committee.

These awards have been made possible by the generosity of a large bequest from the estate of Irene H. Chayes to the American Society for Aesthetics.  Irene Hendry Chayes (1916-2014) received her B.A. and M.A. from New York University and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. She taught literature at the University of Maryland, Hollins College, and SUNY Binghamton.

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