CFP: Special Volume on "Chinese Aesthetics: Traditional and Transcultural Perspectives" of the Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (JCLA)

Submission deadline: June 30, 2020

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CFP for Special Volume on "Chinese Aesthetics: Traditional and Transcultural Perspectives" of the Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (JCLA)

China has a long and rich tradition of artistic practices and aesthetic theory, but this tradition has, in contemporary times, been underutilized in international philosophical aesthetics and transcultural theory. This issue of JCLA aims to address this problem by inviting papers that explore Chinese aesthetics, the role it has played in international and transcultural aesthetics, and the most promising ways it could contribute to these fields: 
1. Chinese Aesthetic Theory (Traditional and Contemporary);  2. The “traveling” of Chinese art and aesthetics in the history, such as Chinoiserie;  3. Chinese aesthetics as inspirations for other aesthetic cultures or theoretical invention;  4. Comparative studies of aesthetics or artistic genres (poetry, painting, music, drama, calligraphy, etc) between Chinese and other cultural traditions.  
All essays must be properly typed out in MS Word (Times New Roman, 12 Font), not exceeding 5,000 words and not below 3,600, complete with an abstract of 100 words alongside 4 or 5 keywords. ‘Works Cited’ must preferably follow the MLA 7th or 8th convention. Each essay submitted must carry a declaration that it has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The cover letter should include a brief author’s bio with no revelation of the author’s identity in the paper itself. Please mail your submission to, All queries can be mailed directly to these e-mails.


The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (ISSN 0252-8169) is a half-yearly journal published by the Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, India since 1977. The Institute was founded on August 22, 1977 coinciding with the birth centenary of legendary philosopher, aesthetician, and historian of Indian art, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947). Vishvanatha Kaviraja was a medieval Indian aesthetician.
The Journal is committed to interdisciplinary and cross-cultural issues in literary understanding and interpretation, aesthetic theories, conceptual analysis of art, literature, philosophy, religion, mythology, history of ideas, literary theory, history, and criticism.
The Journal has published eminent scholars like Rene Wellek, Harold Osborne, John Hospers, John Fisher, Murray Krieger, Martin Bocco, Remo Ceserani, J.B. Vickery, Menachem Brinker, Milton Snoeyenbos, Mary Wiseman, Ronald Roblin, T.R. Martland, Charles Altieri, Martin Jay, Jonathan Culler, Robert Kraut, T.J. Diffey, T.R. Quigley, R.B. Palmer, Keith Keating, Peter Lamarque, Christopher Norris, Richard Shusterman, Garry Hagberg, S.C. Sengupta, K.R.S. Iyengar, V.K. Chari, V.K. Gokak, P.S. Sastri, and others. JCLA is indexed and abstracted in the MLA International Bibliography, Master List of Periodicals (USA), Ulrich's Directory of Periodicals, Project Muse, EBSCO, ProQuest, and Gale (Cengage).
Celebrated scholars of the time like Rene Wellek, Harold Osborne, Mircea Eliade, Monroe Beardsley, John Hospers, John Fisher, Meyer Abrams, John Boulton and many renowned foreign and Indian scholars were Members of its Editorial Board. 

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