Feminist Caucus

This page highlights the activities of the Feminist Caucus of the American Society for Aesthetics, which began in 1990 to encourage expansion of the range of topics under discussion at annual (and regional) meetings as well as within the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 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. We look forward to working together with the ASA Diversity Committee on various projects.

In conjunction with the program committee, the Feminist Caucus usually sponsors a session annually at the national meeting of the ASA followed by a business lunch meeting.

Sharing scholarship is an integral progress of advancing feminist research within aesthetics and the philosophy of art. As discussed at the 2013 business meeting, you are encouraged to share your writing under "Feminist Aesthetics" (under the categories of Feminist Approaches to Philosophy/Feminist Philosophy/Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Sexuality) via philpapers.org. An alternative site is https://www.academia.edu. There is a new APA Women in Philosophy List, a directory of women philosophers at www.womenofphilosophy.com, that allows one to submit information that cites both of these information-sharing websites.

Below are links to several recent online posts that encourage new directions for scholarship on gender, race, sexuality, and disability.

Sessions addressing issues of feminism and aesthetics also take place at APA meetings and international meetings (International Association for Aesthetics, International Association of Women Philosophers, World Congress of Philosophy). Below we list several organizations of interest. We encourage dialogue across disciplines and the arts, particularly as we plan for the 25th anniversary of the Feminist Caucus in 2015.

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)

From the Crooked Timber of Humanity, Something Beautiful Should Be Made! by Anita Silvers and Beauty as Pride: A Function of Agency by Peg Brand in the APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine 10:2 (Spring 2011)

Aesthetics and Race: New Philosophical Perspectives, edited and Introduction by Monique Roelofs in Contemporary Aesthetics Special Volume 2 (2009)

Feminist Philosophy of Art by Anne Eaton in Philosophy Compass 3 (2008) pp. 873-93

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy Special Issue on Women, Art, and Aesthetics 18.4 (2003)

The APA's Resources on Diversity and Inclusiveness.

International Association of Women Philosophers
Society for Analytical Feminism
Society for Women in Philosophy
Simone de Beauvoir Society
The Feminist Art Project
Guerilla Girls

Contact Information

Please contact Peg Brand <pb@indiana.edu> to be added to the Feminist Caucus listserve as well as for inquiries, suggestions, and additions to this page.