Call for articles and essays, 2021 ff.

2021-04-05

Call for Contributions and Guest Editors

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 not 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. 5 short papers). The editorial board assists with reviewing the contributions. Your selection may be in line with your own research activities.

Call for Contributions

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.

Call for Guest Editors

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 V (issue 2), to appear July 2022.

The problem of the building (Philosophy of Architecture)
(Guest editor: Dr. Jacob Voorthuis, Technical University, Eindhoven, with Rob van Gerwen)
(Deadline for submissions: August 15, 2021)

The quality of our built environment tends to encourage lively debate. That is because all users of the built environment are direct stakeholders. As a result of this we all have an opinion about such things as the aesthetic of others imposed upon public space, about the relationship between the public and private practices, between the old and the new, innovation and imitation, we have opinions regarding issues of scale, materialisation, detail and their propriety when applied in a certain context, the experiential poverty of endless repetition or the arbitrary banality of diversity for its own sake, or indeed about the arrogating power implicit in any act of building, frequently unleashing painful social processes of gentrification and slummification. Perhaps a rappelle á l’ordre by the discipline of aesthetics to ground those opinions inferentially on a more secure basis could help those involved in the creation of the built environment to recalibrate some of those opinions. With this call for papers, you are invited to contribute to the journal, which will focus on these issues:

• Philosophical questions concerning the authority and inferential grounding of design decisions

• The role of aesthetics in architectural and urban design and design education and its relationship to ethical considerations

• The relationship between the practice of and the reflection upon architecture and urban design



Volume VI (issue 1), to appear December 2022.

Arts, Ontology and Politics
(Guest editor: Jan Bierhanzl, Institute for Philosophy, Prague and Charles University, with Arthur Cools)
Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2022

The aim of this issue is to explore the social meanings and the critical potentialities of artistic creation today and to discuss the contemporary theories that intend to account for it. We face today a difficult tension between the subversive dimensions of artistic creation and the instrumentalising, moralising and/or controlling dimensions of political activism. The subversive dimension is intrinsic to art’s autonomy but cannot account for its social meaning. Political activism reclames the social meaning of artistic creation but at the cost of art’s autonomy. This tension puts the social and critical potentialities of artistic creation under pressure. What does it mean today to be subversive as a work of art? (How) is art still capable of critically contributing to a (dis)sensus communis? (How) can art reveal truth today? In what ways is art entangled in power relations and in what ways does it become a means of resistance to power relations? In short, how to define the relations between arts and politics? It is clear that the answers to these questions imply each time an understanding of art. However, this understanding is itself part of the debate. We welcome contributions that address the kinds of questions mentioned above and develop them in relation to understanding art today, whether from a continental or an analytic perspective.



Volume VI (issue 2), to appear July 2023.

Evaluation and description
(Guest editor:(vacancy), with Sue Spaid)
Deadline for submissions: August 15, 2022
(more details to follow)

In general, we invite guest editors with a strong view on a subject for a special issue. Please send an email to editor@aestheticinvestigations.eu elaborating your subject as well as your aptitude for helping us out as a guest editor.

 

CALLS FOR 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 following themes:

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?

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 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 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.