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ASA Pacific Announces Keynote Speaker: Halifu Osumare

Monday, July 27, 2020  
Posted by: Julie Van Camp
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The ASA Pacific Division is honored to announce that Halifu Osumare will be the keynote speaker for the Pacific Meeting March 19-20, 2021, at the Berkeley City Club.

Dr. Osumare, winner of the 2019 ASA Selma Jeanne Cohen Prize in Dance Aesthetics, is Professor Emerita in the Department of African Americanand African Studies (AAS) at University of California, Davis, and was the Director of AAS from 2011-2014. She has been a dancer, choreographer, arts administrator, and scholar of black popular culture for over forty years. With a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and an MA in Dance Ethnology from S.F. State University, she is also a protégé of the late renowned dancer-anthropologist Katherine Dunham and a Certified Instructor of Dunham Dance Technique. She will give her address at 5:00 on Friday, March 19, followed by a reception in her honor.

The ASA Pacific Division has announced the Call for Papers for the meeting. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2020.

The 2021 meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Society of Aesthetics will be the division’s second meeting at the Berkeley City Club in Berkeley, CA. After canceling the 2020 meeting due COVID-19, the division is hopeful that it will be able to hold next year’s meeting in person. In this time of great uncertainty, it is possible that it will be necessary to shift to a virtual meeting. It is expected that this decision will be made no later than December 20, 2020 and will be announce in all the ASA communication venues. Whether in-person or virtual, the Pacific Division meeting hopes to bring in-depth, long-form discussion of the best new work in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

The Division invites paper and panel submissions on any topic in aesthetics, broadly construed. Submissions from traditionally underrepresented groups (including women, racial minorities, and persons with disabilities, among others) are encouraged. If your paper or panel submission is accepted, you must become a member of the ASA and register for the conference. You may submit a paper or be a member of a proposed panel, but not both. If you would like to volunteer to serve as a session chair and/or as a commentator, please fill out and submit this form


Accepted papers will be presented and discussed in pre-read workshop format. All participants will commit to pre-read all accepted papers. (We do not run concurrent sessions, and the number of accepted papers will be manageable for pre-reading.) The author will have three to five minutes to introduce the paper, followed by a ten-minute presentation by the commentator, with the remaining session time allotted for question and answer. This format will be strictly followed to facilitate in-depth discussion. Paper submissions must not exceed 3,000 words in length and must be accompanied by 200 to 300-word abstracts. Submissions should be anonymized for review. Please confirm in your transmittal email that you will be able to attend the meeting in person or whether you can only participate if the meeting is virtual.


Proposals for panels, author-meets-critics sessions, and other special sessions should include a brief description of the topic or theme, the names and affiliations of all proposed participants, and long abstracts of all papers (400 to 500-word each). These sessions will last an hour and a half with at least half-hour reserved for question and answer and they will not be part of the pre-read sessions.


$1000 will be available for Irene H. Chayes Travel grants from the American Society for Aesthetics for presenters with no other access to travel funds. To apply, notify meeting organizers when submitting your paper that you wish to be considered and include an estimate of your travel costs. Please do not include this information in your paper.


Please send submissions in PDF, Word, or RTF format to Please email the conference organizers, E. Hande Tuna & Gemma Argüello, at this address if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to comment on a paper or to chair a session.


ASA Policies: Papers presented at ASA Divisional meetings may not be presented at the ASA Annual Meeting. Everyone on an ASA program must be a member of ASA. Submissions from non-members are welcome, but if you are accepted for the program, you must join ASA within 30 days or risk being replaced on the program. Everyone must also register for the meeting. This applies to presenters, panelists, commentators, and chairs.

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