Call for papers: 2017-2019

Call for Guest Editors

We seek guest editors for special issues to solicit approx. 4 papers on a theme (for Articles, under review regime). Some of the themes are already specified, see below, but we also solicit themes for future special issues. Do no hesitate 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)

Mark specific deadlines for Articles

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

Volume 2:2, guest editor: ...
(deadline for submission: March 15 2017):
What is authentic about restoration?
Many seem to agree that restoration generally means restoring to ``normal use'', not to ``original conditions''. Where does that leave the authenticity, and traceability of the artist's achievement? We welcome discussions of the laws and criteria in use in the practice of art restoration.

Volume 3:1 (deadline for submission: August 15 2017):

Is there truth in fiction? (guest editor: Arthur Cools)
Can fiction be dismissed as irrelevant flight from reality, comparable to bungee jumping?

Volume 3:2 (deadline for submission: February 15 2018):
Is all art performed? (guest editor: 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?

Volume 4:1 (deadline for submission: August 15 2018):
How to conceive of the relation between a film and the world it presents? (guest editor: 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 audiences know how to understand an ellipsis in editing? What is told in between shots?

Volume 4:2 (deadline for submission: February 15, 2019):
Empirical aesthetics. (guest editor: ...)
What are the philosophical limitations of empirical approaches to aesthetic issues, such as neuro-aesthetics, evolutionary 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 consequence of successful empirical approaches?

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

Mark specific deadlines for Arts & Artists

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 2:2 (deadline for submission: June 15 2017), Guest Editor ...:
Is a work of art by definition a work of fiction, or are the materials used enough proof of a work's truth? Is there truth in fiction? Is art comparable to bungee jumping, or does it automatically have a claim to truth?

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

Mark specific deadlines for Fresh

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 2:2 (deadline for submission: June 15 2017):
How do you view art's role in society?

Volume 3:1 (deadline for submission: September 15 2017):
The unaesthetic in contemporary art.

Volume 3:2 (deadline for submission: March 15 2018):
The aesthetic experience of the photographical image.

Volume 4:1 (deadline for submission: September 15 2018):
Is all art performed? 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 4:2 (deadline for submission: March 15 2019):
How to conceive of the relation between a film and the world it presents?

Volume 5:1 (deadline for submission: September 15 2019):
What are the philosophical limitations of empirical approaches to aesthetic issues, such as neuro-aesthetics, evolutionary 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 consequence of successful empirical approaches?