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ASA Announces Election of New Trustees and Vice-President

Monday, December 31, 2018  
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce the election of a new Vice-President, David Davies. He will assume office on February 1, 2019, and will become the ASA President for a two-year term on February 1, 2021.

The ASA also is pleased to announce the election of two new trustees, Keren Gorodeisky and Monique Roelofs. They will assume office on February 1, 2019, and will serve three-year terms through January 31, 2022. 

David Davies is Professor (and former Chair) of Philosophy at McGill University. He wrote Art as Performance (2004), Aesthetics and Literature (2007), and Philosophy of the Performing Arts (2011), edited The Thin Red Line (2008), and co-edited Blade Runner (2015). He has published on a wide range of metaphysical and epistemological issues concerning the arts, on issues relating specifically to film, photography, literature, music, theatre, dance, and visual art, and on general philosophical issues in metaphysics, mind, and language (please see ‘Research cv’ at He has participated annually at the ASA General meetings since 2002, serving twice on the Programme Committee (2006, 2013), and regularly attends the Pacific Division meetings (Programme Chair, 2010). An ASA Trustee from 2009-12, he has been a BSA Trustee since 2013, and was co-Programme Chair for the 2016/17 BSA meetings. He also founded and organises the annual Dubrovnik Conference on the Philosophy of Art.

New Trustees

Keren Gorodeisky is an Associate Professor at Auburn University. Her work on Kant, aesthetic pleasure, aesthetic value, aesthetic rationality and romantic aesthetics has been published in the Journal of PhilosophyBJAStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and others. Gorodeisky was the 2012-13 Philip Quinn Fellow at the National Humanities Center, and a participant at the ASA-UBC 2018 Summer Seminar, “Beauty and Why it Matters.” Gorodeisky has been attending the annual meeting of the ASA regularly since 2007, and has served on the program committee of this meeting in 2012 and 2014. She organized conferences on Aristotle and Kant and on Moral and Aesthetic Testimony. Gorodeisky is a regular reviewer of papers in aesthetics for both specialized and general journals, and is currently serving as the vice-president of the Society for German Idealism and Romanticism.

Monique Roelofs is Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College, where she teaches aesthetics and feminist, critical race, postcolonial, and political theory. Her book The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic was published in 2014. Her articles have appeared in journals such as HypatiaConfluenciadifferences, M/m-Print-Plus-Platform, and Texte zur Kunst, and anthologies such as The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race (2018). She recently completed two new book manuscripts, titled “Arts of Address: How We Relate to Language, People, Things, and Places” and “Aesthetics, Address, and the Making of Culture.” The guest editor of Aesthetics and Race, a special volume of Contemporary Aesthetics (2009), she currently is coauthoring a book on aesthetics and temporality in Latin America. A recipient of a curriculum diversification grant (2015) and co-organizer of a symposium on Black Aesthetics (2017), she has served on several ASA committees, including the diversity committee (2009-2013) and three program committees. 

We are very grateful for the service of two trustees, Eva Kit Wah Man and Katherine Thomson-Jones, who complete their terms on January 31, 2019. We also are grateful for the six years of service of Cynthia Freeland, who steps down as Past President.

In December 2019, the ASA will elect three new trustees. Persons interested in standing for election next year should contact the In the summer of 2019, the Board of Trustees will assemble a slate of six nominees for these positions. The three trustees elected will serve for three-year terms (February 1, 2020 - January 31, 2023). The bios of all six nominees will be available in the December 2019 ASA Newsletter.

Additional nominations can be made by any eight members of the Society. All such additional nominations, with the signatures of eight supporting members, must be filed with the Secretary-Treasurer no later than the two weeks following the annual meeting (October 26, 2019). These can be sent by e-mail ( or through the US Mail (American Society for Aesthetics, 1550 Larimer Street #644, Denver, CO 80202-1602), or delivered in person to the Secretary-Treasurer at the Phoenix annual meeting in October.

Voting will be conducted on the ASA web site from December 1-31, 2019, with an announcement in early January. All members of ASA in 2019 will be eligible to vote.

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