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CFP: Aesthetic Investigations, Vol. 1:2

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Aesthetic Investigations solicits contributions for its second issue. Submission may relate to the calls below, but need not. For calls for future issues, please consult the website.

2015 Winter (deadline for submission: September 15 2015):
How does one make sense of something you don’t recognise—in a work of art?

Arts & Artists
2015 Winter (deadline for submission: September 15 2015):
Which problem(s) do you feel you are dealing with in your art today?

2015 Winter (deadline for submission: September 15 2015):
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, or object to, 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.

Aesthetic Investigations
Aesthetic Investigations is a new international journal for aesthetics. It is Open Access and anonymously reviewed. The first issue is scheduled to appear Summer 2015—the second in Winter. Aesthetic Investigations is published on behalf of the Dutch Association of Aesthetics (the Nederlands Genootschap voor Esthetica, est. 1997).

Our interest is with the present. The history of aesthetics is discussed for its pertinence for contemporary debates. The aim of Aesthetic Investigations is to develop contemporary debates in philosophical aesthetics, and initiate new ones—and to do this from any viable angle. We welcome contributions from analytical as well as continental philosophers of art.

The journal encourages philosophical discussion amongst philosophers, humanities researchers and critics, of all the arts and those interested in the aesthetics of the everyday; about the norms of success and correctness at stake in their discipline; about the phenomenology of the appreciative experience of all the art forms, and of particular exemplary works and situations. Aesthetic Investigations also encourages debates about philosophical issues regarding one or the other of the art forms; the impact of works of art on their public, political, ethical, cultural context, and of these contexts on the works; the ontology of art, and their definition, and so on.

Lastly, Aesthetic Investigations encourages reports of artistic research activities—distinguishing between the material scrutiny done while making a work and the research preceding such scrutiny. The Arts & Artists section is devoted to the contribution of artistic scrutiny and artistic research and includes art-critical discussion, interviews with artists, and patrons, as well as interviews with philosophers of art. This rubric also allows criticism of articles in the article-section. Criticism of articles from other journals shall count as articles.

We adhere to the view that communication is possible at all levels, but do not assume that all philosophers speak the same language. We start by letting all philosophies speak in their own tongue, allowing philosophers to clarify their points using their own philosophical jargon. The clarification, it is our hope, is what will bring about the conversation. Let us all be clear — in our own terms.
Articles should not normally exceed 7,500 words. Our website facilitates that articles be submitted in anonymised form, for the sake of blind reviewing, and that biographical details and a 150 words abstract are provided in a separate file. Pictures to be included, are delivered as separate files (indicate clearly in the text where they should go). Copyright clearance is the author’s responsibility.

Contributions to the Fresh section are not peer-reviewed and should not normally exceed 3500 words.

Arts & Artists
Of course, arts and artists are part of the conversations in the philosophies of the arts. We encourage critics to discuss the philosophical aspects of artists’ works; artists to write about their own work, or about the works of others. We encourage philosophers to talk to artists about their works, and so on.
The Arts & Artists-section is edited by two editors—the section is not peer-reviewed. Contributions to the Arts & Artists-section should not normally exceed 3000 words and should include an abstract of no more than 100 words. We welcome the inclusion of pictures, which are eligible for publication as “the image of the journal” on the home page of an issue.

Reviews should not normally exceed 2000 words.

All texts submitted should be original, but we allow translations into English of articles and contributions to the Arts & Artists-section, with the proviso that the quality of the English is the author’s responsibility.

Editorial Board
Editor in chief: Rob van Gerwen, Utrecht University editor@aestheticinvestigations.eu
Editor, also Reviews: Arthur Cools, University of Antwerp articles@aestheticinvestigations.eu
Editor: Sue Spaid, Brussels articles@aestheticinvestigations.eu
Assistant to the editor: Jurry Ekkelboom, Nijmegen info@aestheticinvestigations.eu


Deadline for Winter issue: September 15, 2015

Texts to be submitted should either be in LATEX (and BibTEX) or in Word (doc or docx), or RTF.
Aesthetic Investigations will be widely indexed.