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The Feminist Caucus Committee of the American Society for Aesthetics initially began in 1990 as the Feminist Caucus to achieve several goals: to encourage expansion of the range of topics under discussion at annual and divisional meetings as well as within the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism; to increase the number of women on conference programs, who serve as trustees and officers of the ASA, and as authors within the journal and other publications in aesthetics; and to extend the range of teaching options in the classroom beyond traditional, mainstream aesthetics. Membership in the caucus is open to all members of the ASA and we welcome your involvement, particularly at the annual ASA meetings. In conjunction with the program committee for annual meetings, the Feminist Caucus Committee usually sponsors a special session plus a business lunch meeting which is generously subsidized by the ASA (usually held on Thursday).

The ASA now supports the goals of the Gendered Conference Campaign (GCC). In particular, in selecting panels, the annual meeting Program Committee considers whether steps have been taken to support the GCC, as evidenced by the recruitment and participation of women and members of other historically under-represented and excluded groups.

We were pleased to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the FCC with a full day of workshop discussions (download the program) on Saturday, November 14, 2015, followed by a celebratory reception at the Desoto Hilton, Savannah, Georgia. Thanks to all who participated, particularly members of the working committee: Carolyn Korsmeyer, Sarah Worth, Sheila Lintott, Summer Renault-Steele, Ivan Gaskell, Nils Stear, and Tim Gould.

The FCC convenes regularly at the ASA Annual Meeting to review past and current initiatives as well as to plan future projects to promote diversity within the discipline. In 2017, the committee will meet for a lunch meeting in New Orleans on Thursday, November 16; to register, select this option when you register for the Annual Meeting. The cost is $10, with the balance subsidized by the ASA. In conjunction with the program committee, the FCC sponsors sessions at annual and regional meetings of the society. Session proposals are invited for the 2018 meeting in Toronto.

Thanks to Julie Van Camp, Secretary-Treasurer of the ASA, new ASA initiatives complement FCC goals and provide ongoing opportunities for ASA members. Of special note:

- University of California San Diego Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP); ASA faculty representatives for this program include Anne W. Eaton (2015) and Sondra Bacharach (2016), and Mary Beth Willard (2017).
- Rutgers University Summer Institute for Diversity. ASA faculty representatives for this program include Jane Forsey (2015), Anna Christina Ribeiro (2016), Mary Beth Willard (2017).
- Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown: ASA faculty representatives for this program include Anne W. Eaton (2016) and Shen-yi Liao (2017).

From our members

- for 2015 data that challenges the misperception that sex discrimination has ended and "women are treated equally in the art world now," see "Taking the Measure of Sexism: Facts, Figures, and Fixes" written by Maura Reilly, author and curator based in New York.
- to read the stats provided in a 2015 blog entry from HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) entitled, "Gender Bias in Academe: An Annotated Bibliography of Important Recent Studies".

Sharing scholarship is an integral progress of advancing feminist research within aesthetics and the philosophy of art. You are encouraged to share your writing at or alternately, at under "Feminist Aesthetics" (under the categories of Feminist Approaches to Philosophy/Feminist Philosophy/Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Sexuality). Moreover, the UPdirectory publicizes information about philosophers who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups in philosophy. The purpose of the directory is to provide an easy-to-use resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the work of philosophers who belong to underrepresented groups within the discipline.

On-Line Resources

Aesthetics: Feminism's Hidden Impact by Carolyn Korsmeyer in the APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy 13: 1 (Fall 2013).
Feminist Aesthetics by Carolyn Korsmeyer in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2012).

For more information on the FCC, including being added to the FCC listserv, please contact Sheila Lintott, Chair of the ASA FCC, at Or Sondra Bacharach, Vice-Chair, at

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Sondra BacharachVice-Chair of Feminist Caucus & 2016 ASA Faculty at UCSD Summer Program for Women in Philosophy
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