Previous congresses of the IAA

Previous congresses of the IAA



By Jos de Mul

         I     Berlin (Germany), 1913        II     Paris (France), 1937       III     Venice (Italy), 1956       IV    Athens (Greece), 1960       …

Volume 18. Krystyna Wilkoszewska (ed.). Aesthetics in Action

Volume 18. Krystyna Wilkoszewska (ed.). Aesthetics in Action



By Zoltan

Volume 18. Krystyna Wilkoszewska (ed.). Aesthetics in Action. International Yearbook of Aesthetics. Volume 18. 2014   Content   The 18th…

ICA 2019 – Belgrade, Serbia, 22-26 July 2019

ICA 2019 – Belgrade, Serbia, 22-26 July 2019



By Zoltan

ANNOUNCEMENT   The 21th International Congress of Aesthetics 2019 (ICA 2019) will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, from July 22…

"Aesthetics and Mass Culture" – Proceedings of ICA 2016 – Seoul, Korea

"Aesthetics and Mass Culture" – Proceedings of ICA 2016 – Seoul, Korea



By Zoltan

"Aesthetics and Mass Culture" Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Aesthetics Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea Organised by the…

Volume 19. Zoltán Somhegyi (ed.). Retracing the past. Historical continuity in aesthetics from a global perspective

Volume 19. Zoltán Somhegyi (ed.). Retracing the past. Historical continuity in aesthetics from a global perspective



By Zoltan

Zoltán Somhegyi (ed.). Retracing the past. Historical continuity in aesthetics from a global perspective International Yearbook of Aesthetics. Volume 19. 2017…


From the President

Springtime in Beijing was, this year, too short. Short and very busy. Some of our good friends visited here, including Ken-ichi Sasaki, Curtis, Carter and Ales Erjavec, and I was very happy to meet them. I will enjoy seeing all of you in between the regular meetings of our Congresses.

Recently, I have attended several conferences in China and elsewhere. In early April, I went to Hangzhou for a symposium on the theoretic significance of Chinese ink-wash painting hosted by Pan Gongkai. We had a very good discussion there on the famous West Lake garden, a place traditionally called "Paradise on Earth" in China. Our friends, Curtis Carter, Richard Shusterman and Peng Feng, gave excellent presentations there. We also met other scholars including François Jullien and Cheng Chung-ying. Two topics discussed were especially interesting and deserve mention here: first, the physical brushwork as the traces of human action to signify the feeling and emotion, or states of mind of the painters, and second, the brushwork as the evidence of the painter's character as a morally exemplary human being. These two concepts represent two interrelated ways of thinking about and interpreting Chinese ink-wash painting.

A little later in April, I went to Chengdu (The city where many of us met in 2006. I hope you still remember this city where the Executive Committee meeting of IAA voted to approve Beijing as the venue for the 2010 IAA Congress). At this 2014 Chengdu conference, two key concepts attracted the attention of the participants. First, contemporary literary theory and secondly, its trans-cultural travel. "Contemporary" and "contemporarity" are important concepts because people are considering the possibilities to go beyond the post-modern and post-modernism. The introduction of so many different theories into China has contributed to confusion among Chinese scholars. They now wish to return to their own ways of living and artistic practices. Their aim is to find possibilities for focusing on their own practices while continuing to introduce the theories from abroad. Secondly, the matter of the trans-cultural travel of theories is important. During the 20th century, many theories have become influential internationally. Most of them originated from Europe and became internationally influential by way of their  reception and development in the USA. Now, as theories travel to China, it is hoped that their reception and development here can become theoretically significant and fruitful in the future as well.

Jale Erzen & Raffaele Milani (eds.) Nature and the City. Beauty is Taking on a New Form. International Yearbook of Aesthetics. Volume 17. Sassari: Edzione Edes 2013


The city, too, is landscape. We can leave it by going into nature exchanging the urban for the rural, but we can also enter the city to live within the architecture and contemplate its forms. Every architectural structure is a landscape and promotes an educational or paedeumatic relationship between the spirit and the environment. Our gaze and our bodies activate a certain way of contemplating that promotes the interchange between the external perception of the physical world and an internal seeing, which is the psychic perception of the visual image. There is a close relationship between the aesthetic experience of the natural environment and that of the urban landscape. In the same way that humankind lives on the earth so, too, it lives in the city.

The theme could be approached from various perspectives such as ‘na­ture/culture’, ‘city as human nature’, ‘ecology and the city’, symbols and metaphors, domesticated nature, nature interiorized, parks and natural en­vironments, and other related issues.

About the Editors

Jale Nejdet Erzen (Izmir University), painter and art historian, publications on Ottoman architecture, painting and aesthetics. Vice president of IAA. Founder and long-time president of Turkish Association of Aesthetics, SAN ART. Affi­liations, Middle East Technical University-Ankara and izmir University Izmir Turkey. Recent publications on urban aesthetics, contemporary art.

Raffaele Milani is Professor of Aesthetics and the author of numerous books, including The Ae­sthetic Categories, The Adventure of Landscape and The Faces of Grace. Philoso­phy, Art, and Nature. Director of the Laboratory of Research on the Cities (Institute for Advanced Studies), University of Bologna. Member of the Eu­ropean Commission at the French Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development on: De la connaissance des paysages à l’action paysagère.


The Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology aims to encourage and promote research in aesthetics that draws inspiration from the phenomenological tradition as broadly understood, where “phenomenology” is inclusive of, but goes beyond the limits of, intellectual practices associated with the tradition and its well-known representative thinkers.  Unique in the English speaking world, the journal welcomes scholarly articles written in a phenomenological vein as well as analyses of aesthetic phenomena by researchers working on phenomenology within analytic philosophy.  

The field of the Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology is further defined by its close connections with the arts and culture, including the reality of human experience and its environment. Besides philosophical rigor, the journal puts emphasis on both creativity of ideas and precision of language. It provides a platform for new innovative ideas crossing the boundaries of both philosophical traditions and traditionally accepted fields of research in aesthetics.

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Honorary Life Members:

Arnold Berleant (USA)

Joseph Margolis (USA)

Tomonobu Imamichi* (Japan)

Stefan Morawski* (Poland)

Mikel Dufrenne* (France)



Officers and Delegates

Executive Committee Officers (2016-2019)

President: Jale Erzen (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)

First Vice-President: Krystyna Wilkoszewska (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)

Second Vice-President: Miodrag Suvakovic (Belgrade, Serbia)

Treasurer: Curtis Carter (Marquette University, USA)

Secretary-General: Zoltan Somhegyi (University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)

Assistant Secretary General: Tanehisa Otabe (Japan)



Weilin Fang (China)

Gunther Gebauer (Germany)

Kathleen Higgins (USA)

Eva Kit Wah Man (Hong Kong)

Katerina Parizkova (Czech Republic)



Past Presidents

Gao Jianping 2013-2016

Curtis L. Carter 2010-2013                                                                                              

Jos de Mul 2007-2010                                                                                                  

Heinz Paezold 2004-2007 *                                                                                         

Ken-ichi Sasaki 2001-2004                                                                                            

Ales Erjavec 1998-2001                                                                                     

Arnold Berleant 1995-1998                                                                                           

Goran Hermeren 1988-1992                                                                                       

Harold Osborne 1984-1988 *




National Delegates

American Society for Aesthetics: Cynthia Freeland

Asociacion Argentina de Estetica: Rosa Maria Ravera

Australian and New Zealand Association for Literature and Art and Aesthetics: Eugenio Benitez

Brazilian Society for Aesthetics: Rodrigo Duarte

Canadian Society for Aesthetics / Société Canadienne d'Esthétique: Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin

Chilean Society for Aesthetics: Margarita Schultz

Chinese Society for Aesthetics: Peng Feng

Croatian Society for Aesthetics: Nadežda Cacinovic-Puhovski

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik: Karlheinz Lüdeking

Dutch Aesthetics Federation: Renée van de Vall

Euro-Asian International Aesthetics Association: Boris Orlov

European Society for Aesthetics: Zsolt Batori

Finnish Society for Aesthetics: Max Ryynänen

Société Française d'Esthétique: Carol Talon Hugnon

Société Hellénique d'Esthétique: Georgia Apostolopoulou

Israeli Society for Aesthetics: Ruth Lorand

Società Italiana di Estetica: Raffaele Milani

Japanese Society for Aesthetics: Hiroshi Yoshioka

Korean Society for Aesthetics: Joosik Min

Latvian Association for Aesthetics: Mara Rubene

Lithuanian Society for Aesthetics: Vaidas Matonis

Mexican Society of Aesthetics: Katya Mandoki

Nordic Society for Aesthetics: Jacob Lund

Polish Society of Aesthetics: Krystyna Wilkoszewska

Russian Society for Aesthetics: Artem Radeev

Council of Aesthetics, Russian Academy of Sciences: Konstantin Dolgov

Serbian Society for Aesthetics of Architecture and Visual Arts: Misko Suvakovic

Slovenian Society for Aesthetics: Polona Tratnik

Spanish Society for Aesthetics: Rosa Fernández

L'Association Tunisienne d'Esthétique et de Poïétique: Rachida Triki

Sanart Association of Aesthetics and Visual Culture, Turkey: Jale Erzen



Jos de Mul (The Netherlands): Guardian Online Yearbook

Alan Shear (USA): Newsletter Editor

Zoltan Somhegyi (Hungary / United Arab Emirates): IAA Website Editor




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Report from the organizing committee.

First of all, on behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to thank aestheticians across the world: both for your interest in the 19ICA in Krakow and for your involvement in the preparation of the congress.

The organization for the Congress is progressing very well.. The stage of accepting abstracts has just ended. We received almost 500 applications from 53 countries: most from the USA, Japan, China and of course Poland.

Congress website   The Final program of ICA19 is now downloadable!


IRCA International Seminar 2013 Rome

The Eastern Impact. The Enigma of Van Gogh?s challenge to Rembrandt, with Ozaki Akihiro (Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan), Roberto Terrosi and Giuseppe Patella (University of Rome Tor Vergata).

March 19th, 2013, 10 a.m.,

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Via Columbia 1

00133 Rome (Italy).


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for Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Hungarian graduate students and junior
scholars of aesthetics, philosophy, the theory of art, art history,
literary studies, visual studies, cultural studies, and related

Deadline: 31 October 2012


XXIII World Congress of Philosophy


The International Association for Philosophy and Literature - 37th annual IAPL conference

National University of Singapore, 3-9 June 2013

Deadline for submissions of abstracts / proposed sessions: 15 October 2012

Go to: for submissions and details