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I Berlin (Germany), 1913
II Paris (France), 1937
III Venice (Italy), 1956
IV Athens (Greece), 1960
V Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 1964
VI Upsala (Sweden), 1968
VII Bucharest (Romania), 1972
VIII Darmstadt (Germany), 1976
IX Dubrovnik (Yoegoslavia), 1980
X Montreal (Canada), 1984
XI Nottingham (England), 1988.
XII Madrid (Spain), 1992
XIII Lahti (Finland), 1995
XIV Ljubljana (Slovenia), 1998
XV Tokyo (Japan), 2001
XVI Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 2004
XVII Ankara (Turkey), 2007
XVIII Beijing (China) 2010
XIX Krakow (Poland) 2013
The following Guidelines are intended for the organizers of an International Congress for Aesthetics (ICA). Their aim is to enable such organizers to follow common procedures and make similar decisions concerning various recurring issues. They are to be read and interpreted in conjunction with the IAA Constitution.
(1) The aim of the ICA is the international exchange of ideas and the promotion of aesthetics.
(2) An ICA takes place every three or four years (see the IAA Constitution, Article V).
(3) An ICA is organized by an ICA Organizing Committee chosen by a member society for aesthetics or a group of individuals (in countries or regions without national or regional societies). The formal proposals to host and organize an ICA are made to the IAA Executive Committee which then selects among the proposals. The IAA Executive Committee may choose more than one proposal for an ICA but should in such a case also decide on the sequence of the ICAs.
(4) From the time of the selection of a proposal to host and organize an ICA until its realization the ICA Liaison Committee (appointed by the IAA Executive Committee and chaired by the president of the ICA Liaison Committee) serves as the main link between the ICA Organizing Committee and the IAA Executive Committee (see the IAA Constitution, Article V).
(5) In the case of a meeting of the IAA Executive Committee in the period between two ICAs, at such a meeting the representative of the ICA Organizing Committee shall report to the IAA Executive Committee on the preparations of the ICA.
(6) During the preparation of an ICA it is advisable for the ICA Organizing Committee to retain close contact with the IAA President, the IAA Secretary-General, and the IAA Executive Committee, so as to allow for additional continuous communication with the IAA.
(7) The advisable duration of an ICA is five days.
(8) An ICA is an international congress, so an appropriate number of invited speakers (at least two thirds) should be international scholars and from countries others than the host country.
(9) There are no official languages at an ICA, although it has been the custom to have English, French and German as the languages of individual ICAs.
(10)An ICA consists primarily of plenary sessions and sections. Sometimes round tables, panel discussions and conferences on individual topics are also included as integral parts of the official program. Such and related decisions are made autonomously by the ICA Organizing Committee.
(11) The ICA Organizing Committee chooses plenary and other speakers.
(12) It is a custom that during an ICA cultural events related to the venue of the ICA and the topic of the ICA are organized by the ICA organizers.
(13) The IAA Executive Committee may offer recommendations to the ICA Organizing Committee as concerns the preparations of an ICA.
(14) The ICA program must include the list of the IAA officers. The outgoing ICA officers are the official officers and representatives of the IAA until the General Meeting of the IAA (which takes place during an ICA). It is then that the incoming IAA officers take over the leadership of the IAA.
(15) The outgoing IAA President gives the opening address at the ICA.
(16) The ICA Organizing Committee schedules at least two IAA Meetings during the days the congress takes place.
(17) It is the duty of the ICA organizers to assure the publication of ICA Proceedings.
(18) It is the duty of the ICA organizers to collect the IAA membership fee for the period from one ICA to another from the ICA participants at the time when the latter pay the ICA registration fee.
(19) The registration fee is decided upon by the ICA Organizing Committee. It is advisable that it also includes, free of extra charge, the ICA Proceedings.
(20) The Honorary Presidents and Honorary Life Members of the IAA are exempt from paying the ICA registration fee. The ICA Organizing Committee is advised, if so requested, to offer a reasonable financial assistance to such persons so that they can attend the ICA.
(21) The IAA carries no financial or other responsibilities for the execution of an ICA.
(22) The ICA Organizing Committee is not financially responsible to the IAA but to those who finance its activities.
Gimme Shelter. Global discourses in aesthetics contains a series of reflections on the impact of globalization on the arts and the aesthetic reflection on the arts. The authors – fifteen distinguished aestheticians from all over the world - discuss a variety of aesthetic questions brought forth by the aforementioned process of globalization. How do artistic practices and aesthetic experiences change in response to these developments? How should we articulate these changes on the theoretical level? When reflections on the significance of art and aesthetic experiences can no longer pretend to be universal, is it still possible to lay claim to a wider validity than merely that of one’s own particular culture? What type of vocabulary allows for mutual – dialogical or even polylogical – exchanges and understandings when different traditions meet, without obliterating local differences? Is there a possibility for a creative re-description of globalization? And is there a meaning of ‘the global’ that cannot be reduced to universalism and unification? Can we seek shelter in a legitimate way?
Jale Erzen (ed.). Aesthetics Bridging Cultures. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Aesthetics. 9-13 July 2007. Middle East Technical University. Ankara, Turkey.
SANART Association for Aesthetics and Visual Culture was founded in 1991 with the aim to develop the philosophical and discursive background to artistic practice and the promotion of Aesthetics in Turkey. Since 1992 it has organized many international symposia inviting both accomplished artists and scholars in aesthetics, art and architecture. Each symposia is accompanied by related artistic events, exhibitions and performances. The 1992 ‘Identity, Marginality and Space’ Symposium hosted a CoBrA exhibition at the National Museum in Ankara as well as Japanese ceramics and South American painting shows. Ever since many similar artistic events and conferences have been organized including the 2007 International Congress of Aesthetics at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara which was attended by more than 400 participants. Many of these activities have been recorded in bilingual publications. SANART today has 90 active members. From 1992 to 2010 Jale Erzen acted as the President, since 2010 the president is Cana Bilsel.
Website of the SANART Association for Aesthetics and Visual Culture.