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ASA Funds Salish Sea Aesthetics Workshop

Saturday, January 12, 2019  
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The American Society for Aesthetics Board of Trustees has approved a grant of $2,315 to support the Salish Sea Aesthetics Workshop at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver May 10-11, 2019.

The workshop aims to promote research in aesthetics and the philosophy of art by scholars working in the Salish Sea region of the United States and  Canada. This region, also known as the Pacific Northwest, stretches roughly from Portland, Oregon, to Vancouver, British Columbia. The workshop organizers hope to encourage connections and dialogue among aestheticians working in the region, both those from the many universities in the area, as well as several schools of art. The workshop will be free and open to the public, although RSVPs will be requested by a week before the meeting to assist in planning.

The organizers are all affiliated with the University of British Columbia: David Friedell as a postdoctoral fellow, Michel-Antoine Xhignesse as a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow, and Ian Heckman as a PhD candidate. Also contributing to support for the workshop are the UBC Philosophy Department and the SSHRC Grant from Professor Dom Lopes.

The two-day workshop will be comprised of three activities:

  • A keynote address by Michael Nicoll Yahgulaanas, a Haida artist in the region
  • Presentation of ten short papers by scholars in the region, selected after anonymous review
  • A tour of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is a contemporary artist whose wide-ranging artistic practice explores themes of identity, environmentalism and the human condition. Influenced by both Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture, he has created an artistic practice that crosses diverse cultures, generations, and disciplines in search of accessibility and engagement as a counterpoint to stratification and isolation.

Two travel grants of $250 CDN each will be available to students with papers accepted for the program. ASA membership is not required to submit a paper, but presenters accepted for the program will be asked to join ASA after they receive notification of selection.

Call for Papers (PDF format)

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2019


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