The occasion to introduce a
new volume of Contemporary Aesthetics
is always an opportunity to assess the previous one and to take stock of where
we stand. In the nine-year history of CA, this has always led to a positive
reckoning and this year is no exception.
Visits to our site have increased from 79,000 to 104,980. Important, too, is the growing
internationalization of this journal. We
have supported international scholarship from the start, and I am delighted to
see that Vol. 8 (2010) has work by scholars from Finland, Sweden, Mexico,
Italy, Switzerland, the U.K., as well as from the U.S. Work in past volumes that comes to mind has
been by scholars from Germany, Japan, France, The Netherlands, China, Norway,
Canada, Israel, and Australia, and papers already scheduled for publication in
Vol. 9 (2011) come from Austria, Hungary, and India. And this list may not be exhaustive!
During the past year we
have reviewed and refined our mission statement so that it more clearly indicates our
focus on substantive work of interest to a diverse readership, avoiding
intramural debates that interest only a small number of specialists. Artists are represented on our site along
with philosophers, and empirical researchers as well as theoretical ones. Another accomplishment this past year has
been the completion of arrangements with MPublishing, formerly called the
Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library, to include Contemporary Aesthetics in its electronic archives. CA is already archived in the Internet
Archive. So this most ephemeral of media
is now permanent! And we have also been added to Wilson’s OmniFile Full Text
Mega database, OmniFile Full Text Select database, and their Art database.
Aesthetics is grateful to the distinguished scholars who
advise us on individual submissions.
Their reviews are always constructive and informative, and authors
almost invariably express their appreciation for the comments and suggestions they receive. Reviewers for Vol. 8 included
John Carvalho, Ivan Gaskell, David Goldblatt, Mary Bittner Goldstein, Kathleen
Higgins, Jo Ellen Jacobs, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Estella Lauter, Tom Leddy, David
Macauley, Kevin Melchione, Mara Miller, Jos de Mul, Ossi Naukkarinen, Glenn
Parsons, Monique Roelofs, Yuriko Saito, Larry Shiner, Julie van Camp, as well
as the Editor. My warm thanks to these
scholars for their generous assistance. We continue to enjoy the sponsorship and
partial financial support of the Rhode Island School of Design and the generous
contributions of individuals who support our mission. Contemporary
Aesthetics continues to receive substantive advice and guidance from its
International Editorial Advisory Board. For all these we are grateful.
Finally, I want to express
my personal appreciation to the Editorial Board for its advice and counsel--to
Larry Shiner, Ivan Gaskell and, most particularly, Associate Editor Yuriko
Arnold Berleant, Editor