Call for papers: 2018-2020

Call for Guest Editors

We seek guest editors for special issues to solicit approximately 4 papers on a theme (for Articles, under anonymous peer review regime). Some of the themes are already specified, see below, but we also solicit themes for future special issues. Do no hesi- tate to contact us with a proposal specifying the necessity and fruitfulness of the theme that you want to propose, and, perhaps, suggesting a guest editor. 

We also seek guest editors for Arts & Artists, (approx. 4 papers). The editorial board assists with reviewing the contributions.
Your selection may be in line with your own research activities.

Calls for Articles (7500 words max., reviewed anonymously)

We welcome articles addressing questions about art and aesthetics. We particularly solicit contributions in upcoming issues of Aesthetic Investigations on the following themes.

Volume III (issue 1)

Is there truth in fiction? (guest editor: Leen Verheyen, working with Arthur Cools)
Can fiction be dismissed as an irrelevant flight from reality, or does it contain a grain of truth? How to assess this?

Deadline for submissions: April 30 2018 

Volume III (issue 2)

Is all art performed? (guest editor: . . . (You’ll be working with Sue Spaid)
Can we think of stable artworks such as paintings and books in terms of performance? Or does this notion apply only to the so-called performative arts, like music, theatre, danse? What consequences, if any, should our answer to this question have for the nature of artistic merit, and, hence, aesthetic evaluation?

Deadline for submissions: October 15 2018 

Volume IV (issue 1)

What is the relation between a film and the world it presents?

(guest editor: . . . (you’ll be working with Rob van Gerwen) How best to conceive of the relation between a film and the world it presents? Which roles are played by the camera; is it transparantly presenting a god’s eye point of view? How do au- diences know how to understand an ellipsis in editing? What is told in between shots? 

Deadline for submissions: March 15 2019 

Volume IV (issue 2)

Empirical aesthetics. (guest editor: prof. James Hamilton, Kansas State University)

What are the philosophical limitations or benefits of empirical approaches to aesthetic issues, such as neuro-aesthetics, evolu- tionary aesthetics, psychological aesthetics, or statistic approaches? What sense does it make to art criticism to establish assumed causes for our aesthetic judgements? What should be the conse- quence of successful empirical approaches?
Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2019 

Calls for short papers in Arts & Artists (3000 words max.)

Contributions to the Arts & Artists-section are not reviewed anonymously, and should not normally exceed 3000 words. For our Arts & Artists section we welcome short texts addressing questions about artists and their art. We particularly solicit papers attempting to initiate or refresh aesthetic discussion in our journal on the following themes:

Ongoing theme for Arts & Artists essays:
Which philosophical problem(s) do you feel you are dealing with in your art today?

Volume III (issue 2)

Guest Editor . . .

Deadline for submission: October 15 2018 

 

Calls for short papers in Fresh (3500 words max.)

Contributions to the Fresh section are not reviewed anonymously, and should not normally exceed 3500 words. For our Fresh section we welcome short texts addressing questions about art and aesthetics. We particularly solicit papers attempting to initiate or refresh aesthetic discussion in our journal on the following themes:

Ongoing theme for Fresh essays:
Why ... aesthetics / Why aesthetic ... (author to fill in the dots.)
What is your conception of aesthetics? Aesthetic Investigations requests philosophical responses (of no more than 3500 words) to our open-ended discussion on "Why ... Aesthetics", inviting aestheticians to defend anything from evolutionary aesthetics, the reduction of aesthetics to the philosophy of perception, the tendency toward neuro-aesthetics, the search for wonder, the focus on surprise, or the objections to any of these.

Volume III (issue 1) The unaesthetic in contemporary art. Deadline for submission: April 30 2018 

Volume III (issue 2) The aesthetic experience of the photo- graphical image.
Deadline for submission: October 15 2018 

Volume IV (issue 1) Is all art performed?
Deadline for submission: March 15 2019
Can we think of stable artworks such as paintings and books in terms of performance? Or does this notion apply only to the so-called performative arts, like music, theatre, danse? What consequences, if any, should our answer to this question have for the nature of artistic merit, and, hence, aesthetic evaluation?

Volume IV (issue 2) How to conceive of the relation between a film and the world it presents?
Deadline for submission: October 15, 2019

Volume V (issue 1) What are the philosophical limitations of empirical approaches to aesthetic issues?
Deadline for submission: March 15 2020
Think of neuro-aesthetics, evolutionary aesthetics, psychological aesthetics, or statistic approaches? What sense does it make to art criticism to establish assumed causes for our aesthetic judge- ments? What should be the consequence of successful empirical approaches?