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ASA Announces 2019 Prize Winners

Saturday, October 12, 2019  
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce the winners of its prizes for 2019, presented at the Annual Meeting October 12, 2019, in Phoenix.

2019 OUTSTANDING MONOGRAPH PRIZE: Congratulations to Michael Newall (University of Kent) for A Philosophy of the Art School (Routledge, 2018).

The review committee said: “By analyzing concepts of art, originality, genius, artistic freedom, creativity, and education, Michael Newall argues persuasively that creativity can in fact be taught in today’s art schools through a judicious practice of group crits and master classes. Interweaving philosophical analyses with historical accounts and examples, his discussion is exceptionally clear, rigorous, and interdisciplinary in the best sense of the word. It will make a significant contribution to many areas of intellectual discourse.”

2019 SELMA JEANNE COHEN PRIZE IN DANCE AESTHETICS: Congratulations to Halifu Osumare for Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir (University Press of Florida, 2018).

In the words of the review committee, “it is an outstanding contribution to dance theory and dance history scholarship that reflected explicitly on what it means to do so through the process of writing a memoir.”

2019 TED COHEN PRIZE: Congratulations to Julian Dodd (University of Manchester) for "What 4'33" Is" in Australasian Journal of Philosophy 96:4 (629-642).

The Review Committee said: "Julian Dodd’s essay on John Cage’s 4’33” brilliantly explains what that puzzling work is and what it isn’t. After dismissing other attempts to understand it, (such as its being a piece of silent music, or a concert of ambient noises), he convinces the reader that instead it is a work of performance art. As performance art it belongs to the realm of conceptual art, and this leads Dodd into an eloquent explanation of conceptual art itself."

2019 JOHN FISHER MEMORIAL PRIZE: Congratulations to Nemesio García-Carril Puy (Granada University) for “The Ontology of Musical Versions: Introducing the Hypothesis of Nested Types" in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 77:3 (Summer 2019). 

The review committee said: "In its development of a theory of hierarchically nested types, this ambitious and interesting paper explores complex technical issues concerning musical works with a welcome explicitness and thoroughness. It illustrates the account with musically sophisticated and detailed examples. The paper raises many unanswered questions, but they are well worth thinking about."

OUTSTANDING STUDENT PAPERS (tied): Congratulations to Steven Humbert-Droz (University of Fribourg) for his paper "Aesthetic properties without perception" and Phillip Barron (University of Connecticut) for his paper "The role of poetry in Daoist texts." 

IRENE H. CHAYES NEW VOICES AWARDS: Congratulations to Shannon Brick for her paper on "Aesthetic Testimony, Authenticity and Emotion" and Zoe Cunliff for her paper on "Empathetic Listening and Imaginative Resistance in Trauma Narratives." Both are graduate students at the City University of New York-Graduate Center.

 IRENE H. CHAYES TRAVEL AWARDS: Congratulations to Adriana Clavel-Vasquez, Lisa Giombini, Panos Paris, Matteo Ravasio, and Nils-Hennes Stear.

 STUDENT PAPER TRAVEL AWARDS: Congratulations to Phillip Barron, Aaron Franklin, Jeremy Fried, Mark Gatten, Steven Haug, Steve Humbert-Droz, Tim Juvshik, Jordan Kokot, Hoyeon Lim, Irene Martinez Marin, Darla Migan, Julie Minarik, Sai Ying Ng, Jeremy Page, Nathan Smith 

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