CFP: Evental Aesthetics - Evolution and Aesthetics

Submission deadline: July 31, 2015

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Evental Aesthetics

CFP: Evolution and Aesthetics

Deadline: 31 July 2015

Evental Aesthetics is an independent, double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to philosophical and aesthetic intersections.  The journal is open-access, however there are no publication fees.  The Editors seek submissions for our Fall 2015 issue.

Each issue has two parts, one dedicated to a specific theme, and the other (“Aesthetic Inquiries”) devoted to aesthetic questions of any kind.  Thus the Editors seek submissions in two categories.

1. Aesthetic Inquiries:  This section will be devoted to philosophical matters pertaining to any aesthetic practice or experience, including but not limited to art and everyday aesthetics. 

2. Evolution and Aesthetics:  Suggested topics:

  • The question of art as an evolved behavior of the human species.  How is the evolution of aesthetic practice connected to the evolution of the species?  Are there connections between aesthetic theories and theories of evolution?
  • Critical readings of evolution and progress as narratives of aesthetic histories and cultures.
  • Aesthetic tastes and practices in other species.
  • Creative and aesthetic processes inherent to processes of evolution and change.
  • Aesthetic matters pertinent to studies of the “origins” of life, including astrobiology, cellular biology.
  • The aesthetics of the science, the writings, and the images involved in creating and disseminating the theory of evolution.
  • Aesthetic matters in Henri Bergson’s Creative Evolution and related texts.
  • Close readings of Charles Darwin and related authors, with an eye towards the aesthetics of their work.
  • Close readings of the work of Stephen Davies, Denis Dutton and others on evolution and aesthetics.

We welcome articles (4,000-10,000 words) and Collisions (1,000-2,500 words).  Collisions are brief responses to aesthetic experiences that raise philosophical questions, pointing the way towards suggestive discussions.  All topics may be freely interpreted, however all submissions must address philosophical matters.

New: book reviews

We're also accepting proposals for Collisions that engage academic books (EA’s version of book reviews).  Click here ( for submission instructions.

Submission and formatting requirements, along with further information on Collisions, are available at  Submissions that do not meet our requirements will not be considered.  With questions not addressed by the EA website, please contact the Editors (eventalaesthetics – at – gmail – dot – com).

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