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Call for Applications: ‘Debates in Aesthetics’ Co-Editor

Debates in Aesthetics is looking for a new editor

Debates in Aesthetics (DiA, formerly known as The Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for articles, interviews and book reviews in philosophical aesthetics published by the British Society of Aesthetics (BSA). DiA has a strong reputation for publishing excellent work by postgraduates and professional philosophers, and engaging interviews. The journal is currently edited by Sarah Kiernan and Claire Anscomb. Anscomb will be leaving the Journal later this year and so they are seeking a new editor to work alongside Kiernan, from late 2022.

This post represents a unique opportunity to gain professional experience in all aspects of managing an academic journal, including editing and managing anonymised peer-review. The editors of DiA have broad discretion over the journal’s editorial policy and a budget to employ proof-readers and award an annual prize. DiA produces two issues a year, one of which is a special issue devoted to the work of a well-established philosopher in the field. The successful candidate will shadow the current editors from Summer 2022 in order to familiarise themselves with the journal’s editorial processes.

The editorship entails a variety of tasks and responsibilities: considering submitted manuscripts for review, seeking appropriate peer-reviewers, preparing manuscripts for proofreading, editing, typesetting, publishing content online and updating social media. As editor you will become an ex officio member of the Trustees Committee of the British Society of Aesthetics and are required to make bi-annual reports to the Trustees Committee on the operations of the Journal. The position is unpaid; however, the editors have access to an annual travel fund from the BSA for travel and accommodation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Aesthetics. In addition, the editors get a full conference package, including accommodation, at the annual BSA meeting in Oxford.

The candidate should be registered (or about to be registered) as a postgraduate research student at a British university. The ideal candidate will be organised and have some familiarity with peer-review practices. Website management (in particular WordPress) and/or publishing will be an advantage.

To apply, please send anonymised versions of the following in .pdf format to editor “at” debatesinaesthetics “dot” org

●      An anonymous academic CV

●      A writing sample of not more than 3000 words

●      A brief statement (of between 500 and 1000 words) outlining why you would make a good editor for DiA, including any improvements or other changes you would make if you were awarded the post

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2022 and it is anticipated that Zoom interviews will be held for the post in May 2022.

We especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups in the philosophical community.

If you have any further questions, please direct them to the current editors: editor “at” debatesinaesthetics “dot” org.