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ASA Rocky Mountain Division Announces Call for Abstracts

Wednesday, October 31, 2018  
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The American Society for Aesthetics Rocky Mountain Division has announced the Call for Abstracts for its Thirty-Sixth Annual Meeting at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 12-14, 2019. The submission deadline is March 1, 2019.

The RMD welcome presentations in all fields and disciplines pertaining to the history, application, and appreciation of aesthetic understanding. They are always particularly interested in research involving interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches emphasizing natural and cultural character of the American Southwest.

The conference is organized into 1.5-hour sessions with each of three speakers allotted 20-25 minutes to present and 5 minutes for Q & A.  The ASARMD Division’s long-standing practice has been to invite proposals, in the form of abstracts, for papers that you wish to present. Proposals should be no more than 250 words in length and follow the format of a typical abstract, which is to say, offer a formal, albeit succinct, summary of the work to be presented, including conclusion(s) to be drawn. Panel presentations should consist of either three or four papers and include each participant’s abstract.

The Manuel Davenport Keynote Address at the meeting will be given by Dominic McIver Lopes on Cosmopolitan Aesthetics. Lopes FRSC teaches at the University of British Columbia. He holds a Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship and he has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Levinhume Visiting Professor.  He has written books on the semantics and values of images, the artistic role of technology in computer art and photography, methodology in aesthetics, the nature of art, and the nature and importance of aesthetic value. Building on his work on aesthetic value, his next project is a book entitled Cosmopolitan Aesthetics.

The Michael Manson Artist Keynote Address will be given by Pamela Knoll on Philia and Figurative Art. Knoll is a figurative artist who works primarily from life and sees her work as a representation of the exchange between the model and herself. “Working from the model is like a form of intense, careful listening, except that it’s visual. The drawing or painting that results is a report of what I see and feel during the exchange.” She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. In 2011 she began seriously studying drawing and oil painting under the guidance of artists Richard Morris and Sean Cheetham. Her work has been included in group shows, most recently at Kate Oh Gallery in New York. Pamela lives in Los Angeles where she continues to hone her drawing and painting skills to better serve her art.

This is the first year the RMD will be using the conference software EASY CHAIR—Proposals should be formatted as .doc or as .pdf and submitted to EASY CHAIR

The Center for Philosophical Studies (CPS) at Lamar University will again be offering its Best Graduate Student in Philosophy Essay Prize in the amount of  $125.00 each.

Dr. Arthur Stewart, CPS Director, and Professor James Mock, of the University of Central Oklahoma, will serve as primary referees. Professor E.M. Dadlez, also of UCO, will serve as a third, tie-breaking voter, should the need arise. Competition Procedure: Graduate students in philosophy should provide, with their abstracts information about their official degree aspirations and academic affiliation. Upon acceptance to the 2019 Divisional Program, full, completed essays will be required, and will be due no later than May 15, 2019. They should be sent to:  and to  

Referees’ decisions will be announced no later than June 1, 2019.

ASARMD will have $1000 provided by the American Society for Aesthetics to support travel to the meeting for persons with papers accepted for the program who have no other access to professional travel funds at their teaching institution(s) during the academic year.To be eligible for a travel grant from these funds:

  • You must be a member of ASA in good standing in the calendar year of the paper submission and presentation and you must register for the meeting.
  • Eligible persons include faculty members, independent scholars, and students.
  •  If you have some access to travel funds from your institution, but prefer to use it for a different meeting, you are not eligible for a Chayes Travel Grant this year.

 To apply for a travel grant this year: Submit your request to and no later than May 15, 2019

Last year, the British Society of Aesthetics started a new program that provides travel grant for full-time students and recent PhDs to present their work at an aesthetics meeting not sponsored by BSA. That includes all three ASA divisional meetings. It will be possible to combine grants from both BSA and ASA Chayes funds for your travel.

Registration Fees and Hotel Rates:

Registration Fees

  • Regular Registration: $135
  • Emeritus Faculty and Graduate Students: $75

Registration for the conference will open soon at:

Hotel Rates

June 2nd deadline for reserving hotel rooms. The conference room rate at the Drury Plaza Hotel for registered RMDASA conference attendees is as follows:

  • Single/Double Room: $159.
  • Triple Room: $169.
  • Quad Room: $179.

The guestroom rate will be extended for guests arriving/departing three days pre/post conference dates, based on availability.

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