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Moonyoung Song Named First ASA Postdoctoral Fellow

Friday, April 12, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The American Society for Aesthetics announces that Moonyoung Song is the first-ever ASA Postdoctoral Fellow. Song, who received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, will be in residence at the University of Michigan, working with Professor Peter Railton.

Dr. Song's project on artistic explanation connects a key topic in aesthetics -- artistic value -- to research in other areas of philosophy, especially philosophy of science and metaethics. Her doctoral dissertation, Art, Fiction, and Explanation, was directed by Jerrold Levinson. Her article on "The Notion of the Interaction between Moral and Artistic Value" was published in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art  Criticism 76 (3): 285-295 (2018). Song received her B.A. and M.A. in Aesthetics from Seoul National University.

She was selected from thirteen applications for the fellowship by the Postdoctoral Fellowships Committee, consisting of five senior members of the American Society for Aesthetics. The two-year fellowship, tenable at any doctoral-level philosophy department in the United States, was established to free a promising early career scholar to dedicate time to intensive research in aesthetics and to cultivate connections to philosophical research outside the field. The stipend is $50,000 per year. In addition, up to $10,000 has been allocated for reimbursement of medical insurance, relocation expenses, and/or travel to professional meetings to present work in aesthetics. The recipient of the fellowship may teach one or two classes for the host institution per year, but no more than one class per term (quarter or semester). The second year of funding is subject to adequate progress, as determined by the Postdoctoral Fellowships Committee.

The goals of the fellowship are to connect research in aesthetics to research outside the field,  broaden the applicant's expertise and the audience for their work, and enrich the host department by bringing aesthetics into the philosophical discussion. Applicants were asked to include a plan for working with a host faculty member who does not have aesthetics/philosophy of art as a current area of specialization in a strong research-oriented department selected by the applicant.


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