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ASA Announces New Somaesthetics Research Prize

Thursday, June 28, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The Board of Trustees of the American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce the Somaesthetics Research Prize to recognize and encourage continued research in somaesthetics.

The 2021 Prize winner will be selected by a committee of three members appointed by the President of the ASA and will be notified by August 2021. The award will be announced publicly during the annual meeting of the ASA in 2021. The winner will be encouraged but not required to attend the meeting, and travel expenses to the meeting will be provided. The $1000 prize may not be awarded if, in the opinion of the judges, no nomination of sufficient merit and appropriateness is received.

The ASA selection committee welcomes published work of distinction published between May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2021. Eligible works are articles or chapters/sections of books published in English. Chapters/sections of books should be of length comparable to a journal article. Publication is understood to mean publication in venues with peer review recognized by the scholarly community and that are permanently available to the interested scholarly community of students and researchers. Eligible publication includes reputable on-line journals.  Nominations will be judged based on adherence to scholarly standards of writing. Self-nominations are welcome. Only one nomination per competition should be submitted. Nominees must be ASA members at the time of nomination.

The interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics is understood broadly as the critical study and meliorative cultivation of the experience and performance of the living body (or soma) as a site of sensory appreciation (aesthesis) and creative self-stylization. Contributions exploring the field of somaesthetics through one - or more - of the many disciplines that already inform this field are welcome: philosophy, aesthetics, arts and design research, technology studies, somatic, health, sports, and social sciences, history, physiology, psychology and pedagogy.

Submissions should be directed c/o Julie Van Camp, ASA Secretary-Treasurer at 1550 Larimer St #644, Denver, CO 80202-1602, or The nominated article or book chapter/section must be submitted in full. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred, in PDF format replicating the original publication. If PDF submission is not possible, then three copies of articles or book chapter/section must be submitted to the Denver address, above. The deadline for receipt of nominations is May 1, 2021.

The funding for this prize is being provided by revenue from a generous gift from a private foundation. Additional gifts in support of the Somaesthetics Research Prize to the American Society for Aesthetics are welcome at any time. They may be made on-line on ASA Donation site.


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