Call For Papers

We have extended the deadline for our Summer/Autumn 2018 issue.
We welcome submissions from postgraduate students and professional philosophers on any topic in philosophy of art or aesthetics. Deadline: 30th May 2018
For this issue we welcome original articles, book reviews and interviews from postgraduate and professional philosophers on any topic in philosophy of art or aesthetics. Submissions should be accessible and concise – around 3,000-3,500 words for articles and interviews and around 1,000-1,500 words for book reviews.

Dear Readers,
We are Claire Anscomb and Eleen Deprez, the incoming editors of DiA. In April 2018 we will take over from Ryan Doran and Shelby Moser, who have been doing an outstanding job editing the journal for the past two years. Shelby and Ryan are currently finalising their last issue, which is a special issue focusing on the work of professor Jenefer Robinson. You will hear more about that from them soon but, for now, we want to draw your attention to our open Call for Papers and also announce some exciting news.

Call For Papers

We are now inviting submissions from postgraduate students and professional philosophers for the Summer/Autumn 2018 issue.
Deadline: 15th April 2018

We welcome original articles, book reviews and interviews from postgraduate and professional philosophers on any topic in philosophy of art or aesthetics. Submissions should be accessible and concise – around 3,000-3,500 words for articles and interviews and around 1,000-1,500 words for book reviews. All submissions should be anonymised for blind review and in Word Document Format (.docx). Detailed submission guidelines are available on our website.

3,000-3,500 words

The journal publishes articles on a wide range of topics, from defining satire to photography, musical expression, feminism, fictional truth, aesthetic realism, or expressive qualities in animals, and more… For this issue we welcome work on any topic from philosophical aesthetics.

3,000-3,500 words

Sometimes the finest philosophical discussion happens in conversation. The journal has published some excellent interviews with philosophers in the past, including Angela Leighton, Noël Carroll, Alexander Nehamas, and Dominic McIver Lopes. If you are particularly interested in someone’s work, interviewing them could be a great opportunity to not only learn more about their philosophy, but also exchange ideas, and examine the hidden assumptions or implications of their work. We are happy to provide feedback on interview proposals. Prior to submission, please ensure that your interview has been read and approved by the interviewee. We especially encourage interviews with philosophers from underrepresented groups.

Book Reviews
1,000-1,500 words

The journal also welcomes book reviews or critical summaries on books relevant to our field. These should be on a recent publication, and around 1,000-1,500 words. If you would like to review a book, it might be worth looking at publisher’s websites, such as Oxford University Press or Routledge, for new and upcoming releases in aesthetics.


Paul C. Taylor "Black is Beautiful, A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics" (OUP, 2014)In Spring a special issue will be published on the work of Professor Jenefer Robinson (University of Cincinnati). Robinson’s work concerns the nature of our emotional capacities, and the consequences of this for a number of topics in philosophical aesthetics and the philosophy of art, including the paradox of fiction, emotional expression in music, the cognitive value of literature, and the role of empathy in our appreciation of music, paintings, literature and architecture.
We are pleased to announce a special Winter/Spring 2019 issue which will feature a target article written by Paul C Taylor. Taylor is professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, and associate dean for undergraduate studies at the College of the Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University*. He has published on race, aesthetics, and social and political philosophy, his recent publication, Black is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics (2016 Wiley Blackwell), received the ASA monograph prize in 2017. We will be sending out more information about this issue next year.
* As of autumn 2018: W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.




The editors of Debates in Aesthetics invite submissions for a special issue on the work of Professor Jenefer Robinson (University of Cincinnati) to be published in Spring 2018.

The deadline for receipt of submission is: 15 November 2017.

We invite short and tightly argued critical articles concerning any aspect of Jenefer Robinson’s published works. Subject to peer-review, commentaries will be published in the special issue along with a response to the commentaries from Jenefer Robinson.

Jenefer Robinson’s work centrally concerns the nature of our emotional capacities, and the consequences of this for a number of topics in philosophical aesthetics and the philosophy of art, including the paradox of fiction, emotional expression in music, the cognitive value of literature, and the role of empathy in our appreciation of music, paintings, literature and architecture.

A list of some of her most recent published work is available on her profile at Some of her other work is listed on her personal website at

Submissions of up to 3,500 words are welcomed. The journal will consider longer submissions, though this is not encouraged. Submission instructions and author guidelines are available at


One-day symposium and postgraduate workshop

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Aesthetics Research Centre (ARC) at the University of Kent, Aesthetics Today will begin with a symposium on June 5 aiming to generate discussion concerning the most general principles and questions preoccupying philosophical aesthetics today. The symposium will be followed on June 6 by a postgraduate/early career workshop co-sponsored by Debates in Aesthetics (formerly the Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics). Both events are supported by the British Society of Aesthetics and the Analysis Trust.


Aesthetics Today will take advantage of the publication this spring of two books by the co-directors of ARC: Hans Maes’ Conversations on Art and Aesthetics, and Murray Smith’s Film, Art, and the Third Culture: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film (both published by Oxford). Both books are characterized by their broad scope. Maes’ volume is comprised of extended interviews with ten eminent aestheticians (Noël Carroll, Gregory Currie, Arthur Danto, Cynthia Freeland, Paul Guyer, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Jerrold Levinson, Jenefer Robinson, Roger Scruton, and Kendall Walton), in which Maes probes them on their own arguments as well as their views on aesthetics and the philosophy of art as a discipline, thereby engaging them in discussion of a wide range of specific debates in contemporary aesthetics.

Smith’s monograph seeks to defend a naturalistic approach to aesthetics, principally through the exploration of film as a medium of art, but with a sustained comparative dimension incorporating discussion of literature, music, painting, and photography. In elaborating and defending a version of naturalized aesthetics, Smith inevitably addresses fundamental questions concerning the assumptions, methods, and boundaries of aesthetics. Both works connect fundamental principles with concrete cases in a wide range of artforms, and together we hope will form a strong platform for discussion of the general state of aesthetics today.

The symposium on June 5 will bring together four invited speakers (Catharine Abell, Manchester; Jerrold Levinson, Maryland; Derek Matravers, OU; Dominic Topp, Kent; and Dawn Wilson, Hull) with ARC faculty, as well as postgraduate students working in aesthetics and related disciplines at Kent and beyond. The postgraduate/early career workshop taking place the following day, June 6, will feature research presentations by Ryan Doran (Antwerp/Sheffield), co-editor of the BSA journal Debates in Aesthetics and Alaina Schempp (Kent), editorial assistant of Film Studies (MUP). The workshop will conclude with a forum on publishing in aesthetics and related fields.

Monday June 5     10.30am – 5.30pm, followed by symposium reception and dinner     Grimond Lecture Theatre 3

Tuesday June 6     10am – 2.30pm      Cornwallis East Seminar Room 2

Both events are free but registration (via the website) is required. A limited number of postgraduate/early career ‘underemployed’ bursaries are available to help defray the costs of travel and accommodation. Anyone interested in applying for a bursary should send a short statement of interest (up to 200 words, including name, status, title of ongoing or completed PhD, and an indication of how the conference relates to your interests) to:


More details can be found on the event’s webpage


The editorial board of the academic journal Debates in Aesthetics (DiA) invites applications for the post of editor(s).

DiA is a high quality journal in philosophical aesthetics with a strong reputation for publishing excellent works by postgraduates and professional philosophers, and engaging interviews. The current editors are approaching the end of their tenure and are looking to appoint one or two excellent postgraduate research students to take up the editorship of the journal from early 2018 for a period of one to two years. The successful candidate(s) will be required to shadow the current editors in order to familiarise themselves with the journal’s editorial processes.

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 editor of the DiA has broad discretion over the journal’s editorial policy and a budget to employ proof-readers, award an annual prize and travel to represent the DiA at conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally. The DiA is published twice a year, and the editorship entails a relatively low time commitment.

The successful candidate will be an excellent current postgraduate student with research interests in philosophical aesthetics. They should be registered (or about to be registered) as a postgraduate researcher at a British university. Some familiarity with peer-review practices, website management 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

  • A current 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 15 July 2017. 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.


Debates in Aesthetics invites submissions from postgraduate students and professional philosophers for its Summer/Autumn 2017 issue (vol.13, no. 2).


Debates in Aesthetics is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for articles, interviews and book reviews. Published by the British Society of Aesthetics, the journal’s principal aim is to provide the philosophical community with a dedicated venue for debate in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

We welcome original articles and book reviews from postgraduate and professional philosophers alike on any topic in the philosophy of art or philosophical aesthetics. Submissions should be accessible and concise – being around 3,000-3,500 words in length.

Papers should be submitted by the deadline in Rich Text Format (.rtf). Submissions should be anonymised for peer-review and submitted online at (


In Summer/Autumn 2016, the editorial team ran a competition to design the logotype for Debates in Aesthetics, open to arts and design students. The journal received a number of very strong submissions.

The judging panel give special commendations to the following entrants:

Thanakorn Somniyomchai (Lancaster University)

Muge Ortucu (Lancaster University)

The judging panel is delighted to announce that the winner of the competition is:

Andrea Wilkinson (School of Design, University of Leeds)


Andrea Wilkinson is originally from the American Midwest, hailing from a small town in Southwest Missouri. A graduate of Missouri Southern State University, she double-majored in Art and English. After several years working in industry stateside, including working in-house, in an advertising studio and an internet startup in the Silicon Valley, in 2003 she was a member of the first group of students to finish the Post-graduate Transmedia program at Sint-Lukas in Brussels. Since then her research has lived under a banner she terms ‘The Response(Ability) of a Designer’, which explores the use of design research and methodology to enable designers to respond to problems/issues/opportunities regardless of domain or media. She is actively involved in design for not-for-profit, design in a public context and writing about design education. In 2004 she, along with her partner, moved to Hamilton, New Zealand where, for nearly 6 years she worked as Senior Lecturer in Design and Graphic Design Coordinator for the School of Media Arts at the Waikato Institute of Technology. While there she co-developed an internationally touring design exhibition/book The means by which we find our way; Observations on Design that was featured in TYPO, the Australasian design journal Open Manifesto and on the Icograda website. In 2010, she took up a teaching and research position at LUCA School of Arts, University of Leuven in Genk, Belgium where she teaches across the interaction design curriculum. In 2012 she launched the international typography and tangible artefact project and book, Keep Delete, turning messages into keepsake which also featured as a parallel event in the European contemporary arts festival Manifesta 9. Her latest arts project is a public space project which looks to explore location-based storytelling and the translation of story into artefact in the neighbourhood of Winterslag in Genk. As researcher within the Interactions/Social Spaces Research Group, she is primarily involved in Future Health with one-to-one design and how design can support people with dementia as her primary focus. In 2014 she began a part-time PhD at the University of Leeds in the School of Design looking at the benefits of graphically designing for individuals (bespoke design). In her downtime she enjoys spending time with her wife and two daughters, exploring the countryside of the lowlands with a good cup of coffee.

An assortment of Andrea’s projects can be found at: Andrea can be contacted at andrea “at” plainegg “dot” com.


The British Society of Aesthetics invites postgraduate students in the UK to apply for stipends of up to £800 towards travel and accommodation costs for participation in conferences or research visits to other universities on topics in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. The BSA has adopted the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Guidelines. We especially encourage women and members of other underrepresented groups to apply.

There is a rolling deadline for applications and students should apply as soon as their conference paper has been accepted or research visit confirmed.

Please note that applicants should apply to other sources of funding where available, and must take these sources instead of BSA funds if they are successful in both applications.

To be eligible for a travel stipend, an applicant must:
• Be a member of the BSA;
• Be enrolled in a UK postgraduate programme, or be unemployed after having completed such a programme within the previous one year, at the time of the event for which funds are being requested;
• Have had a submitted paper accepted for presentation at a conference, or been invited to participate in a panel or give comments at a conference, or have an arrangement with another university to visit for research purposes, on a topic in aesthetics or the philosophy of art;
• Have applied to other sources of funding where available.

Applications for travel stipends must include:
• An indication of current enrolment or employment status;
• Proof of acceptance of a paper, invitation to participate in a conference, or arrangement with a university for a research visit;
• An indication of other sources of funding for which the student has applied, and a statement that these sources will be taken instead of BSA funds if both applications are successful;
• A specification of the amount requested along with a breakdown of estimated costs;
• An explanation of no more than 200 words of how participating in the relevant conference or doing the research visit will contribute to the aims of the Society.

For full details and application form please see:

Postgraduate Travel Stipends

Each student is limited to £800 per year. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an award. The stipend may be used toward travel, accommodation and/or conference registration; it may not be used toward subsistence. Applicants will be notified of results within three weeks of submission. Payment will be made upon receipt of completed claim form with receipts attached.

Please note that the American Society for Aesthetics provides funding for eligible students presenting at their Annual Meeting.  Students may want to apply for the BSA stipend if they are presenting at one of the ASA’s regional meetings (Eastern, Central or Pacific), which do not provide such funding, though they do reserve slots for postgraduate speakers. The next ASA regional meeting is:

ASA  Rocky Mountain Meeting, 7-9 July, 2017