CFP: The Aesthetics of Travel - The Polish Journal of Aesthetics 65 (2/2022)

Submission deadline: October 31, 2021

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The Aesthetics of Travel

The Polish Journal of Aesthetics - Volume 65 (2/2022)

Submission deadline: October 31, 2021


Carla Milani Damião (Federal University of Goias)

Nastassja Pugliese (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

This upcoming issue of The Polish Journal of Aesthetics calls for submissions focused on the associations between traveling and aesthetics, both understood broadly. There is a necessity for interdisciplinary dialogue between Aesthetics and different fields of research related to traveling. Aesthetics is the study of perceptions, experiences, and speculative developments. The practice of traveling reaches from the importance of nomadism for forming human culture up to the idea of Bildung (moral, intellectual, cultural, and artistic formation). Narratives about travel may come from Western written and oral tradition, such as Homer’s Odyssey, and film genres such as Westerns, Sci-fi, or Road trip cinema. Various types of travel literature could include logbooks and texts that support learning about living in a way that necessarily encompasses alterity. Traveling invokes a type of self-knowledge that is dislodged from a homeland and is connected to ritualistic reunions sustained through an oral tradition, the extraordinary adventures of a people. Travel transmits knowledge about the world for future generations. Through the experience of distance and strangeness, traveling creates an authentic space for cosmological and philosophical investigations, exploration, nostalgia, and personal, collective, scientific, or territorial discoveries, above all. In the category of space, fictional and narrative aspects find imaginary projections and territorial explorations from which knowledge emerges, individuating itself by an investigative perspective and observation. A new personality—a new Self and new Selves—appears from unknown space and time. The essential and precise subject matter for this issue is to deal with the representation of traveling and the imaginary, even if trips are objective and documented. Papers should include studies about the bond between the objective and the subjective, the individual and the collective, united with memory, time, and space.

We invite authors from various research areas to submit articles on the following topics:

·       Non-travel ethical implications

·       The political aesthetics of migration: assimilation, expatriation, trans-nationality and the stateless

·       Traces of travel: maps, writings, or logbooks (Reisenschriften)

·       The aesthetics and journeys of learning, field trips, and education (Bildungsreisen)

·       The philosophy of traveling

·       Different scales of imagining locality and globality

·       Women on the road: movies, diaries, and narratives

·       Road trip movies, Westerns, Sci-Fis

·       Cities, public spaces, and travel monuments and infrastructure

·       The banalization of traveling

·       Aesthetics, technics, and the mediatization of traveling

·       Aesthetics and the tourism industry: travel, technology, and the market of experiences

·       Travel Aesthetics between alterity and segregation

·       Images and remote travel: evidence and fiction in forensic architecture

·       The expansion and shrinkage of the European economic and geopolitical space: reports of domination, oppression, and liberation

·       Forced travel: slave trade ships and anti-colonial struggles

·       Journeys in freedom, servitude, and slavery: narratives in contrast

·       Traveling and infection: the genesis of biological warfare and what it means today

·       Novel Coronavirus journeys

·       Trips to the Brazilian Highland (Planalto Central): from the pioneer explorers Bandeirantes to modernist architecture

·       Internal travel, sacred pathways, and pilgrimages centers

·       Singing and Beads: internal trips with indigenous people

·       The practice of tripping: internal travel and drugs

·       Scientific expeditions, collectivism, and its critique

·       The aesthetic experience of travel, changes in culture, memory, or personality

Author Guidelines:

We ask Authors to read our guidelines posted under the tab “For Authors” ( as well as to double-check the completeness of each submission (please do not forget to submit the abstract, keywords, bibliography collectively, and a biographical note about the author) before submitting.

Only complete submissions sent through the submissions page will be accepted—submission page:

All submitted articles are subject to double-blind reviews. Articles published in The Polish Journal of Aesthetics are assigned DOI numbers. Please do not hesitate to contact us via email: [email protected].

About the Journal

The Polish Journal of Aesthetics is highly regarded as an international forum for debate in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. The Journal is published to promote the study and discussion of philosophical questions about aesthetic experience and the arts. The Journal is open to different philosophical and artistic orientations. It publishes lively and thoughtful articles on a broad range of topics from art, aesthetics, the philosophy of art, popular culture, and new technologies. The Journal is a quarterly periodical published in March, June, September, and December by the Institute of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.

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