Call for papers

Call for papers 2017-2018



All editorial inquiries should be addressed to:

Fabrizio Desideri (Editor in Chief):

Aisthesis publishes academic articles in Italian, English and French, current  research articles, symposia, special issues, and timely book reviews. It publishes two issues per year and contains a thematic section, a miscellany, notices and reviews. Each issue contains invited papers and contributed papers.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with the journal style which you should download here.

Articles should be submitted using the online submission system. They should be in .doc or .docx format, A4, paginated, double spaced throughout (i.e. including references and quotations), with ample margins. They should be formatted for blind review, not normally exceed 7,500 words and should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and five keywords (in English).

Tables and illustrations should be submitted to the online submission system in separate files to the main manuscript. Please be aware that you may have to secure figure permissions upon acceptance.



Ways of imitation

Advisory Editor: Carole Talon-Hugon (

                           Fabrizio Desideri (

Deadline for submission January 15, 2017

Expected release: May 2017

As a result of the International Conference held in Florence from the 12th to the 14th of November 2015, the issue intend to provide a substantial rethink and to shed new light on the notion of “mimesis”, a notion of great significance for a broad spectrum of disciplines, from anthropology to philosophy, from history of art to neurosciences and evolutionary biology. Among the main questions and issues to be addressed by this issue: What are the neurobiological underpinnings of mimetic processes, both in human and in nonhuman animals? Which role do mimetic processes play in the ontogenetic development and in the evolutionary history of our species, Homo sapiens? Why has the notion of “mimesis” so deeply characterised the history of aesthetic theory and art theory, especially in the Western tradition?


AISTHESIS – VOL. X, ISSUE II, 2017 - Extended deadline: January 31, 2017

Estetica italiana

Advisory Editor: Roberto Diodato (

Fabrizio Desideri (

Deadline for submission: January 31, 2017

Expected release: October 2017

Il numero di Aisthesis dedicato all'Estetica italiana si propone una mappatura dei principali indirizzi, correnti e linee di discussione in Estetica all'interno del contesto italiano, nell'arco temporale compreso tra l’Unità d'Italia e la Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Quali figure, temi, approcci - accanto e di là dalle grandi polarità crociana e anti-crociana - hanno caratterizzato l'Estetica italiana tra la fine dell'Ottocento e la prima metà del Novecento? Quali i “luoghi”, geografici e concettuali, attorno a cui si è costituita in Italia un'autonoma riflessione estetologica, a partire dall'unificazione del Paese?. Qual è l'eredità di questa ricca e multiforme tradizione d'Estetica italiana oggi, e quale il suo ruolo all'interno del panorama internazionale contemporaneo?



Mind, Nature and Beauty in the Medieval Philosophy

Advisory Editor: Anna Rodolfi (

Deadline for submission: November 30, 2017

Expected release: April 2018

The Issue focuses on the analysis of the models of mind and nature elaborated in the medieval philosophy from the Early Middle Ages to the 14th century. We welcome contributions addressing the following topics: i) the aesthetic perception of the nature through the notions of harmony and beauty including music and figurative art; ii) the contemporary interpretations of medieval aesthetics; iii) the operation and limits of the human mind in the knowledge of the phenomenal reality; iv) the states of mind in the knowledge of God; v) auto-reflexivity and self-consciousness; vi) the conceptualization and representation of the nature in the philosophical and theological field.


Aesthetics of Photography

Advisory Editor: Maddalena Mazzocut-Miss (

Deadline for submission: May 31, 2018

Expected release: October 2018

This monographic issue theoretically explores the current status of photography in relation to the contemporary definition of "art" and aims to foster, develop and encourage the study of aesthetics in photography as a contemporary art production. The main focus will be on the technical and aesthetic-artistic features that characterise this mimetic art. The possible research themes are as follows: Mimesis and indexicality in photography; temporality of the photographic image; digital photography and photography in the age of the Internet 2.0; the shaping of emotions in photography.


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