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Winners Announced for 30th Anniversary FCC Essay Prize

Wednesday, April 22, 2020  
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announce the winners of the 30th Anniversary of the Feminist Caucus Committee Essay Prize

    Sherri Irvin, "Resisting Body Oppression: An Aesthetic Approach," Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, 3:4 (2017)

  Honorable mention: Alia Al-Saji, "Glued to the Image: A Critical Phenomenology of Racialization through Works of Art," JAAC 77:4 (Fall 2019)  

The prize is $1000 plus travel to the annual meeting in 2020. The winning essay will be commented upon by 2-3 scholars at a special panel session at the 2020 Annual Meeting (in addition to the annual Feminist Caucus Committee session).

Essays were judged based on significance of the topic of issue, quality of the research, quality of the writing, originality, and contribution to the feminist literature within aesthetics—broadly construed—that focuses on gender, race, class, ethnicity, and/or sexual preference/identity; the essay may be and is encouraged to be multidisciplinary.

Eligibility was restricted to an essay published in English from April 1, 2017-March 30, 2020 in a venue with peer review recognized by the scholarly community and that is permanently available to the interested scholarly community of students and researchers, including but not limited to the Journal of Aesthetics and Art CriticismBritish Journal of Aesthetics, and HYPATIA: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.  

Selection of the winning paper was made by a committee of three ASA members, appointed by the ASA President.

Funds for the prize have been generously donated to the ASA by Dr. Peg Brand Weiser, long-time member of the ASA and the FCC. She has served as a Trustee (twice), on program committees (chairing Pacific in 1992), and as local organizer, starting RMD in 1985. She was a founding member of the Feminist Caucus in 1990 and the first appointed chair of the Feminist Caucus Committee 2014-2017. With Carolyn Korsmeyer, she co-edited the first feminist special issue of JAAC—“Feminism and Traditional Aesthetics”—in Fall 1990. 

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