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Call for Papers
Special Volume “Aesthetics and Terrorism”
Guest Editor Dr. Emmanouil Aretoulakis
Deadline: August 31, 2018
Terrorism is unfortunately ubiquitous in the contemporary
world. In the post-9/11 era, so-called “political violence” in the form of
state or anti-state activity has placed itself at the very center of
international politics and policies. But, of course, terrorist violence is not
a recent phenomenon; rather, it has always preoccupied the minds of
authorities, shattered the every-day routines of citizens, victimized thousands
of people, but at the same time intrigued or even fascinated humanity with its
unpredictability and suddenness. Through this lens, it is not paradoxical to
admit that terrorism looms large in the artistic, literary, and philosophical
imagination, and also in aesthetic debates. Although it may at first sound
oxymoronic to articulate the concepts of terrorism and aesthetics in a single
breath, not only is extreme political violence against (usually) non-combatants
relevant to aesthetic matters and preoccupations, but it turns out that there
may even be a structural link between the two. Aesthetics, here, does not
necessarily hinge upon the question of beauty or artistic representation, but
is more broadly defined as aesthetic experience understood as sense perception.
In such a context, aesthetic sensibility has a lot to say about how terrorism
is represented, employed, disseminated, reproduced, or even opposed.
The relationship between aesthetics and terrorism has generated
considerable interest, and three articles on the subject have already been published
in Contemporary Aesthetics:
“Aesthetic Appreciation, Ethics, and 9/11”
by Emmanouil Aretoulakis (Vol. 6, 2008)
“Art, Terrorism and the Negative Sublime”
by Arnold Berleant (Vol. 7, 2009)
“Terrorist Aesthetics as Ideal Types: from
Spectacle to ‘Vicious Lottery’” by Marshall Battani and Michaelyn Mankel
(Vol. 15, 2017)
In light of
this interest, Contemporary Aesthetics invites
original, innovative, full-length articles that explore the connection between
aesthetics and terrorism or terror across cultures, ages, genres, or
discourses. CA welcome submissions on
topics related (but not limited) to the following:
Aesthetic Theories, Political Violence, and the
Philosophy of Terror
The Aesthetics of Suicide Attacks/Terrorism and
The Politics of Aesthetics (or Aesthetics of
Politics) in Terror(ism)
Radicalization as an Aesthetic Posture
Post-9/11 Political Discourse and Aesthetics
Ethics, Aesthetics, Narrativity in the Media Communication
Terrorist Discourse and the Sensorial Aspects of
Terrorism through the Perspective of Art (in its
Morality, Ethics and Aesthetics in the Artistic Representation
Terrorism as Theatre/Performance
Society and the Cultural Imaginary of Terrorism
Counter-Terrorism, Law and Aesthetics
Urban Defense, Architecture and (Counter)Terrorism
Terrorism, Aesthetics and Ecological Consciousness
Postcolonial Aesthetics, Imagination and Terror
Religious (or not) Terrorism and the Aesthetics
Aesthetics, Terror, Culture, and the 21st
Length: maximum 7,000 words, including abstract and notes. Only
electronic submissions are acceptable. Deadline for submitting the full article
and a short CV is August 31, 2018.
The article should be attached (as a word document) to your
e-mail and sent to the guest editor,
Dr. Emmanouil Aretoulakis firstname.lastname@example.org.
For submission guidelines, see: http://www.contempaesthetics.org/pages/guidelines.html
12-14 June 2018 29-31 July 2018
16 June- 5 July 2018 2-21 August 2018
Contact: Sarah Hannis, Registrar (email@example.com)
The European Graduate School will convene three 24-day
sessions in 2018. The two summer sessions will hold their opening seminar in
Venice in the context of the "The 16th International Architecture
Exhibition: La Biennale di Venezia" and then continue their program in
Saas Fee, Switzerland. The October session will be held in Valetta, Malta at
our Ft. St. Elmo campus. Each of these sessions will offer six credit-bearing
seminars for two programs of cross-disciplinary advanced study (at the MA or
PhD levels): “Philosophy, Art and Social Thought,” and “Literary, Musical, and
Schedules are subject to change. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference/ Call for Papers
The European Society
"ESA Conference 2018"
14-16 June 2018
Deadline: May 18,
The European Society for Aesthetics would like to invite you
to attend the ESA Conference that will take place in Maribor, Slovenia, from
the 14th until the 16th of June 2018. There will be both systematic and
historical presentations of papers from different traditions and on a large
variety of topics in philosophical aesthetics. For each talk, there will be
time for a 20-minute presentation, with about another 25 minutes designated for
discussion. All accepted and presented papers would be eligible for publication
in the proceedings of the ESA.
You may view this information directly on the ESA website
Article of the Year Award
Finnish Society of Aesthetics
Association for Aesthetics
At its fall seminar, the Finnish Society of
Aesthetics again nominated scholars and communities for their good work in aesthetics and aesthetic
activity. The Article of the Year Award, which the Society nominates every year (since 2015),
together with the Slovak Association for Aesthetics, was chosen this year by Sanna Lehtinen (FSA)
and Michaela Pastekova (SSA). It went to Kevin Melchionne's "Aesthetic Choice," which was
published in the British Journal of Aesthetics (BJA 57
(3), pp. 283-298). According to Lehtinen and
Pastekova, Melchionne examines an important but surprisingly understudied topic (choices of
objects for aesthetic experience, in order to have a fulfilling aesthetic life). The jury
stressed that a new area of discussion will surely begin from
this fresh opening. The choice of this article
also emphasizes the value of the contributions of independent scholars to the development of
Call for Submissions
ECTP Young Planners Workshop 2018
“Airports, Cities, and Urban Development”
Deadline February 1, 2018
The European Council of Spatial Planners - Conseil Européen
des Urbanistes (the ECTP-CEU), brings together 40,000 spatial planners with 27
professional town planning associations and institutes from 25 European
countries. It is an umbrella association that provides its members with a
common framework for planning practice, planning education, continuing professional
development and the definition of professional responsibilities. ECTP-CEU sets
standards of education and conduct for the planning profession; identifies,
celebrates and rewards examples of good planning all over Europe, and engages
in dialogue with local, national and European
Government. In accordance with these objectives, the
initiative of the Young Planners Workshop seeks to set out young planner’s
perspectives and experiences in the frame of new European cities paradigms and
lack of economic funds.
The European Council of Spatial Planners has considered the
importance of airport cities in the development of metropolitan areas since the
beginning of the twentieth century and proposes to enhance planning experiences
and prospective through the XIIth European Urban and Regional Planning Awards.
The sub-theme of the Workshop is the quality of development of airport cities
and their role of cultural and functional integration. This will lead to the
presentation of projects or research, and/or papers including (but not limited
to) perspectives: Strategic planning in
an airport city in regards to the region and metropolis, smart mobility, energy
efficiency, planning process, economic development, cultural and landscape
achievements, spatial development strategies, and climate change strategies.
This multi-stage online workshop takes place April-May with
the first stage consisting of a) Presentations of abstracts: Abstracts will be
shared so that all the groups know what the other groups are proposing, to facilitate
discussions and suggestions. Meeting: Audio conference (“go to meeting”
system). Date: 23th of February 2018. b) Deadline for sending comments.
Comments will be sent by e-mail in order to enrich Papers. Date: Up to 1st
The second stage consists of: a) - Presentation of first
draft of Papers. Participants will present first draft of papers/power point.
Meeting: Skype conference (5 minutes per group).
Date: 7th April 2018. b) - Sending of comments and
suggestions. In order to improve Final papers participants will send comments
or suggestions. Date: Up to 15th April 2018. c) Final Papers. Final Papers
depending on the suggestions and comments received. Date: up to 15th May 2018.
The final stage consists of the final presentations at Paris:
Participants will present projects, conclusions of comments and suggestions
will be shared during the workshop on Friday, May 18th, 2018 at Maison de
l’Environnement et du Développement Durable Roissy.
Rules for Admission:
A) Projects led by young people aged less than 35 years. In
the group at least half of them must be under 35 years.
B) Projects can be presented by individual submission or by
groups of up to 3 participants maximum.
C) Members of ETCP-CEU associations will have priority.
D) Deadline for submissions: Submissions along with the
abstract should be sent before February
1, 2018 to be selected.
E) Address to be sent submissions along with abstracts:
ECTP-CEU Secretariat (email@example.com)
F) Guidelines for abstract submission: author’s name; short
title abstract; font size Arial 10, 1 page/300 words maximum; with no images;
all abstract submissions should be made in electronic form, identifying the
software format used (pdf compatible); do not use any footnotes; reference
format “Harvard style”; language abstracts should be submitted in English; by
submission, the organization has all authors’ rights and full permission to
Vladan Djokic ECTP-CEU Young Planners Workshop Chair
Call for Applications
The European Society
SUMMER SCHOOL: "The Evidence of the
Senses: Drama between the real and the virtual"
University of Milan, Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment
17-28 July 2018
Deadline: June 1,
The summer school aims to provide an introduction to
dramatic writing for students enrolled in any arts, humanities, or scientific
undergraduate program. Stimulated by the contributions of scholars in
aesthetics and theater, as well as of artists and experts of sensory analysis,
participants will be asked to use dramatic writing to address the dissolution
between the real and the virtual, and the possibility for the senses to
generate evidence and to be a vehicle for different types of knowledge. Participants
will attend a series of lectures on aesthetics and the philosophy of the senses
and take advantage of guided visits to historical sites and contemporary
venues, museums, and theaters in Milan. These activities will provide
participants with the theoretical tools and the creative inputs and enable them
to reflect on the role of the five senses in real and virtual artistic and dramatic
experiences. On this theme, they will work in groups with the final aim of producing
a short drama.
The School will comprise a total of 40 hours (25 hours of
classroom activities and 15 hours of autonomous work). All activities will be
conducted in English. Please send a letter of motivation (1,000 words maximum)
and a Curriculum Vitae by June 1, 2017 (if you need to apply for a Visa, the
deadline application is May 12, 2017) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the Summer School will
accept a maximum of 20 students and will take place only if a minimum of 15
participants is accepted. For all information regarding the Summer School,
please feel free to contact the organizers at: email@example.com. You may view this
information directly on the ESA website at: http://www.eurosa.org/event/summer-school-the-evidence-of-the-senses-drama-between-the-real-and-the-virtual/
“Uncommon Senses 2:
Art, Technology, Education,
Law, Society- and Sensory Diversity”
2-5 May 2018
“The sensorium is a fascinating focus for cultural studies,” wrote Walter J.
Ong in The Shifting Sensorium (1991).
Ong’s words heralded the arrival of sensory studies, an interdisciplinary field
of inquiry that takes a cultural approach to the study of the senses and a
sensory approach to the study of culture. Sensory studies have galvanized much
exciting and provocative research and experimentation in the humanities, social
sciences, and visual and performing arts over the past three decades. "Uncommon Senses 2" aims to take
stock of the many advances in sensuous scholarship and art practice since the
first "Uncommon Senses" conference at Montreal’s Concordia University
The conference is organized around three broad topic areas: Crossing Sensory
Borders in the Arts: The Rise of Multisensory Aesthetics & New Media Art; Alternative Pedagogies: The Education of the
Senses; and The Othered Senses: Law,
Regulation, Sensorium (workshop). Proposals for panels (up to three papers) and
individual papers relating to any of the above topics are warmly welcomed. We
also invite proposals for panels and individual papers on other topics germane
to the field, such as sense-based research methods, disciplining the senses, perception
of the environment, aestheticization of everyday life, social and sensory life
of things, the extended sensorium, political life of the senses and sensation,
critical disability studies and the senses, animal sensing and communication, affecting
presence, sensory deprivation and augmentation, sensory biographies and autobiographies.
This list is illustrative, not exhaustive. Proposals for artworks, including
performances, socially-engaged works, walks, installations, 2D art, digital
works, and video are also strongly encouraged. For proposal submission forms
and further details on the conference (including the CFP for The Othered Senses
Workshop) please go to http://www.sensorystudies.org/events-of-note/ . Inquiries
may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 24th World
Congress of Philosophy
"Learning to be Human"
Beijing, P.R. China
13-20 August 2018
Deadline: February 1,
All persons who want to participate in the XXIV World
Congress of Philosophy are welcome to submit their abstract and paper.
are three ways to submit your abstract and paper: online submission; as
attachment to an email message or; by post. We strongly recommend all
participants to use the online abstract and paper submission for their
convenience and for reduction of cost. Please
submit your abstracts and articles in Windows-based PDF (.pdf). Papers
should be no more than 1,800 words. For a complete list of sections and
formatting instructions, please visit http://wcp2018.pku.edu.cn/yw/index.htm.
X. Congress of the German Society of Aesthetics.
Offenbach am Main College of Design
Schloßstraße 31 - Offenbach am Main
14-17 February 2018
The 10th Congress of the German Society of Aesthetics will
celebrate the 25th anniversary of its founding. We invite you to submit
proposals for contributions that demonstrate what aesthetics is, can, or should
be. The special interest lies in the ways in which aesthetic thinking and the
thinking of the aesthetic are expressed in other disciplines - in the other
disciplines of philosophy as well as in the arts, design, media, cultural, and
social sciences or in aesthetic practice itself.
Submission of proposals for individual lectures (max. 20 minutes) should
include: name, email address, title of the lecture, abstract of max. 2000
characters (including spaces) as well as a short biography. We invite you to
submit proposals for panels (3-4 lectures, 20 minutes). In addition to the
names, e-mail addresses and short biographies of the organizers, the
submissions should include the following: the title of the panel, a brief
sketch of the questionnaire (up to 2000 characters), as well as information on
all individual papers and speakers. Please make sure not to propose more than
two speakers from the same institution.
We also want to specifically encourage proposals for workshops (moderated
discussions with short impulses of up to 10 minutes), information events and
other alternative formats on the subject of the conference as well as on issues
related to high school politics in the field of aesthetics. In addition to the
names, email addresses and short biographies of the organizers, the submissions
should include the following items: title, short sketch of the questionnaire
(and, if applicable, the event format) and - where relevant - the names of the
Deadline for all submissions is 15 September 2017.