For all the sections in our journal we generally invite submissions on any issue in aesthetics and the philosophy of the arts, taken broadly. We also invite reviews of recently published books in these areas. We can request for a review copy of books with the publisher if we do not have it handy yet. Please contact our reviews editor, Arthur Cools.
Next to a general call for papers, we also invite submissions in the themes specified below. Please find the relevant deadlines for submissions to the different sections below.
We seek guest editors for special issues to solicit approximately 5 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 hesitate to contact us with a proposal specifying the necessity and fruitfulness of the theme that you have in mind, and, perhaps, suggesting a guest editor.
We also seek guest editors for Arts & Artists. The editorial board assists with reviewing the contributions in this section. Your selection of contributions may be in line with your own research interests.
Calls for Articles
7500 words maximum, 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 IV (issue 1)
Empirical aesthetics. (guest editor: prof. James Hamilton, with Rob van Gerwen) What are the philosophical limitations or benefits 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? (Prof. James Hamilton, Department of Philosophy, Kansas State University.)
(Deadline for submissions: December 15 2019)
Volume IV (issue 2)
The birth of the Discipline (guest editor: Prof. Endre Szécsényi, with Rob van Gerwen) We would expect papers which re-consider and re-interpret the pre-Kantian history of modern aesthetics (cca. from the middle of the 17C to the 1780s) in order to show the multifarious and multidisciplinary nature of the emerging aesthetic, to analyse the conflicts and tensions between this new type of experience and its first theoretical treatments, to offer, on the one hand, new interpretations of the familiar key-concepts of this period (including the beautiful, the sublime, the picturesque, taste, imagination, genius, originality, wit, humour, pity, laugther, sensiblity, etc.) and, on the other, some eariler not discussed key-concepts for re-shaping the scholarly discourse about this period, to demonstrate how modern aesthetic is inseparable from theology, moral and social philosophy, economy, natural jurisprudence, medicine, and, finally, to make it clear that many of aesthetic issues of this period can be seen as fruitful theoretical resources or sources of inspiration for contemporary aesthetic thinking from environmental and every day aesthetics to somaesthetics. (Prof. Endre Szécsényi, Institute for Art Theory and Media, Department of Aesthetics, Budapest, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen.)
Deadline for submissions: May 15 2020
Volume V (issue 1)
Isn’t all art performed? (Rossen Ventzislavov, 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, dance? 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 2020
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 particular artists and their art. We particularly solicit papers attempting to initiate or refresh aesthetic discussion in our journal on the themes following below:
Ongoing theme for Arts & Artists essays:
Which philosophical problem(s) do you feel you are dealing with in your art today? This may be expanded to: Which philosophical problem(s) is artist X dealing with in their art today?
Volume III (issue 2)
Guest Editor ...:
Deadline for submission: April 15 2020
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.
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 themes of our special issues, see above with the Articles; and on the themes following below:
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 3000 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 2) Philosophy of film without theory
Deadline for submission: February 15 2020
Volume IV (issue 1) What are the philosophical limitations of empirical approaches to aesthetic issues?
Deadline for submission: May 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 judgements? What should be the consequence of successful empirical approaches?
Volume IV (issue 2) The birth of the Discipline
Deadline for submission: September 15, 2020
Volume V (issue 1) Isn’t all art performed?
Deadline for submission: December 15 2020
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, dance? What consequences, if any, should our answer to this question have for the nature of artistic merit, and, hence, aesthetic evaluation?