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CALL FOR PAPERS: ASA Pacific Meetings, April 5-7, 2017
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Submission DEADLINE EXTENDED: December 1, 2016.

Aesthetics in asilomar: A tradition revisited.

The Asilomar Conference Grounds on the Monterey peninsula have served as the stage for the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics for over 40 year. The*** idyllic setting at Asilomar has traditionally produced a strong program with a broad draw from within philosophy of art. The 2016 meeting hosted a special panel on cinema and neuroscience with James Cutting (Cornell University, psychology), Amy Coplan (Fullerton, philosophy), and Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie, philosophy). Other recent contributors have included Stephen Davies, Sherri Irvin, Sean Kelly, Elisabeth Schellekens, Alva Noë, Jennefer Robinson, Dom Lopes, Peg Brand Weiser, Derek Matravers, Robert Stecker, and David Davies.

We are now busy preparing next year's meeting and we would very much like to see you there! This time, however, we're looking to do things a bit differently.

*** In order to promote and facilitate discussions among participants, and further benefit from the fact that we do not run concurrent sessions, speakers will be invited to limit their presentation time to 10 minutes with a focus on their paper's main claims and arguments. Each presentation will be followed by a brief commentary (5 minutes) and a 25 minutes long discussion period.***

Selected papers and commentaries will be made available to all registered participants ahead of the conference. Should it be needed, the organizers will help with the production of visual support such as PowerPoint presentations.

Paper submissions must not exceed 3,000 words in length and must be accompanied by 300 to 400 words abstracts.

Panel submissions must include a brief description of the panel's topic, and 500 words abstracts for each paper along with the names and affiliations of all proposed participants. Panelists will also have to limit their presentation to no more than 10 minutes.

As usual, we welcome paper and panel submissions from persons in all arts-related disciplines as well as from graduate students. Submissions may treat any area of interest within aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Topics include, but are not limited to: art and imagination; issues relating to the perception and appreciation of art; embodiment and the arts; experimental aesthetics; phenomenology of art and artworks; history of aesthetics; philosophy of literature, music, dance, theatre, cinema, television, or games; representation and depiction; the aesthetics of sport; and reflections on the state of the discipline, including its relationship to other philosophical domains and empirically grounded research.

Volunteers to serve as commentators and/or chairs are welcome.

All papers or proposals should be submitted electronically to Please email the organizers also at this address if you would like to comment on a paper or chair a session.

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