CALL FOR PAPERS: “Phenomenology in relation to the challenges of contemporary art”, The Polish Journal of Aesthetics No. 49 (2/2018)

12 Gru, 2017; Aktualności Ogłoszenia

Szanowni Państwo,
zapraszamy do nadsyłania propozycji tekstów do publikacji w numerach Estetyki i Krytyki/The Polish Journal of Aesthetics, kwartalnika filozoficzno-estetycznego wydawanego przez Instytut Filozofii Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego. Pismo adresowane jest do szerokiego kręgu filozofów, estetyków, teoretyków i historyków sztuki oraz do środowiska artystycznego. Obszar zainteresowań naukowych czasopisma obejmuje ogólną i szczegółową problematykę filozoficzno-estetyczną dotyczącą różnych dziedzin sztuki, problemów teorii i historii sztuki, a także zagadnień artystycznych.
Aktualnie trwa jeszcze nabór tekstów do anglojęzycznego tomu czasopisma nr 49 (2/2018), poświęconego fenomenologii. Zachęcamy do zapoznania się z opisem tomu.

“Phenomenology in relation to the challenges of contemporary art”
The Polish Journal of Aesthetics No. 49 (2/2018)
Piotr Schollenberger (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Monika Murawska (Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland)
Deadline for submissions: 31st December, 2017

In 1907, Edmund Husserl wrote to Hugo von Hofmannsthal:

The artist who ‘observes’ the world, in order to gain knowledge of nature and man for his own purposes, relates to it in a similar way as the phenomenologist. […]When he observes the world, it becomes phenomenon for him, its existence is indifferent, just as to the philosopher (in the critique of reason). The difference is that the artist, unlike the philosopher, dosen’t attempt to found the “meaning” of the world-phenomenon and grasp it in concepts, but appropriates it intuitively, in order to gather, out of its plenitude, materials for the creation of aesthetic forms.

From its very beginnings, phenomenology has carefully treated art and aesthetic phenomena as a special sphere, depicting the fact of the appearance of things, and of the world, within its framework. The aesthetic attitude enables the phenomenal nature of an experience to be captured: ‘to be is to appear’. At the same time, since the time of Husserl, phenomenological descriptions, as a result of corrections made by Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and many others, began to account for not only objective but also existential and corporal dimensions.The description of ‘pure essences’ was perhaps not as interesting for artists and viewers of works of art as new ways to characterise aesthetic experience, taking into account the corporeal, affective, temporal, spatial, and cultural dimensions of art. In the work of some contemporary art theorists and artists one can find traces of the revolution represented by the discovery of the phenomenological method, as well as of the evolution through which it passed. Today, in the context of the emergence of new forms of art, such as performance art, installations, and videoart, in the face of the changes that have occurred in thinking about architectural form and sculpture, in relation to the new languages of dance and new concepts of listening and responding to music, we are well aware that, following Heidegger, we should reject the notion that art ‘belongs in the domain of the pastry chef. Essentially it makes no difference whether the enjoyment of art serves to satisfy the refined taste of connoisseurs and aesthetes or serves for the moral elevation of the mind.’ Involvement in the world –which appears to us in many forms and shapes of which artists attempt to make sense – is a common point of reference for contemporary phenomenologists as well as for those who, in contesting certain traditional theoretical assumptions, define themselves as post-phenomenologists.

We invite you to submit articles dealing with the issue of a meeting ground of phenomenology on one hand and assorted artistic practices and models of viewing art from the second half of the twentieth century on the other. We are less interested in approaches justifying the ‘relevance of phenomenology’, since this need not be justified and therefore does not constitute a philosophical problem, than in those showing how an attitude regarding the sphere of ‘appearance’ can enable the discovery of new dimensions of art and new kinds of aesthetic experience.

We invite all Authors to read the instructions, ‘For Authors’ ( and make sure that each article is complete (including an abstract, keywords, a bibliography, and note on the author) at the time of submission.

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The Polish Journal of Aesthetics is a philosophical-aesthetic periodical which since 2001 has been published quarterly by the Institute of Philosophy of Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland. The journal has a long editorial tradition and is affiliated with one of the oldest European universities; at the same time, it is undergoing continuous systematic development. The editors’ goal is to implement and maintain the highest international publishing standards and practices, resulting in the publication of articles and papers on a high substantive level addressing important and timely issues concerning artistic performances and activities. Each year four volumes of the journal are published: two regular and two thematic, devoted to specific issues of aesthetics and philosophy of art, prepared in co-operation with experts in the given thematic field. Calls for papers for thematic volumes are sent out separately.

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