Marilynn H. Johnson, a PhD Candidate at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, has been awarded the American Society for Aesthetics Dissertation Fellowship for 2016-17.
Her dissertation, “Meaning Through Things,” examines the nature of interpretation across diverse practices and modes of inquiry, including art, literature, the law, and archeology.
Ms. Johnson received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in aesthetics and philosophy of language, with interests in logic, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of biology.
The American Society for Aesthetics was founded in 1942 to promote study, research, discussion, and publication in aesthetics. “Aesthetics,” in this connection, is understood to include all studies of the arts and related types of experience from a philosophic, scientific, or other theoretical standpoint, including those of psychology, sociology, anthropology, cultural history, art criticism, and education. “The arts” include the visual arts, literature, music, and theater arts.
The ASA publishes the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the ASA Newsletter, and this web site. Both publications are free to members. The Society also meets annually in the fall and its regional divisions in the spring.
The ASA will award another Fellowship for 2017-18, with the application deadline January 1, 2017. Complete guidelines are here.
The winner of the first ASA Fellowship was David Johnson [no relation], at Northwestern University.