Call for Papers

We are pleased to invite submissions for our next General Issue. 

For this issue we welcome original articles, book reviews, and interviews from postgraduate and professional philosophers on any topic in philosophy of art or aesthetics. Submissions should be accessible and concise – around 3,000-3,500 words for articles and interviews and around 1,000-1,500 words for book reviews. All submissions should be anonymised for blind review and in Word Document Format (.docx). All submissions by early career researchers and postgraduate students will be eligible for the Debates in Aesthetics Prize (info). 

Deadline for Submission: 31 July 2020

Submission guidelines


3,000-3,500 words
The journal publishes articles on a wide range of topics, from defining satire to photography, musical expression, feminism, fictional truth, aesthetic realism, or expressive qualities in animals, and more… For this issue we welcome work on any topic from philosophical aesthetics.


3,000-3,500 words
Sometimes the finest philosophical discussion happens in conversation. The journal has Sometimes the finest philosophical discussion happens in conversation. The journal has published some excellent interviews with philosophers in the past, including Angela Leighton, Noël Carroll, Alexander Nehamas, and Dominic McIver Lopes. If you are particularly interested in someone’s work, interviewing them could be a great opportunity to not only learn more about their philosophy, but also exchange ideas, and examine the hidden assumptions or implications of their work. We are happy to provide feedback on interview proposals. Prior to submission, please ensure that your interview has been read and approved by the interviewee. We especially encourage interviews with philosophers from underrepresented groups.

Book Reviews

1,000-1,500 words
The journal also welcomes book reviews or critical summaries on books relevant to our field. These should be on a recent publication, and around 1,000-1,500 words. If you would like to review a book, it might be worth looking at publisher’s websites, such as Oxford University Press or Routledge, for new and upcoming releases in aesthetics.

We are looking for a new editor!

The journal is currently edited by Dr Claire Anscomb and Dr Eleen M Deprez. Dr Deprez will be leaving the Journal later this year and so a new editor is sought to join alongside Dr Anscomb, from late 2020. 

We especially welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups in the philosophical community.

Deadline for Applications: 29 May 2020

This post represents a unique opportunity to gain professional experience in all aspects of managing an academic journal, including editing and managing anonymised peer-review. The editors of DiA have broad discretion over the journal’s editorial policy and a budget to employ proof-readers and award an annual prize. DiA produces two issues a year, one of which is a special issue devoted to the work of a well-established philosopher in the field. The successful candidate will shadow the current editors from Summer 2020 in order to familiarise themselves with the journal’s editorial processes.

The editorship entails a variety of tasks and responsibilities: considering submitted manuscripts for review, seeking appropriate peer-reviewers, preparing manuscripts for proofreading, editing, typesetting, publishing content online and updating social media. As editor you will become an ex officio member of the Trustees Committee of the British Society of Aesthetics and are required to make bi-annual reports to the Trustees Committee on the operations of the Journal. The position is unpaid, however the editors have access to an annual travel fund from the BSA for travel and accommodation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Aesthetics. In addition, the editors get a full conference package, including accommodation, at the annual BSA meeting in Oxford. 

If you have any further questions, please direct them to the current editors: editor “at” debatesinaesthetics “dot” org.

The candidate should be registered (or about to be registered) as a postgraduate research student at a British university. The ideal candidate will be organised and have some familiarity with peer-review practices. Website management (in particular WordPress) and/or publishing will be an advantage. 

To apply, please send anonymised versions of the following in .pdf format to editor “at” debatesinaesthetics “dot” org

  • An anonymous academic CV
  • A writing sample of not more than 3000 words
  • A brief statement (of between 500 and 1000 words) outlining why you would make a good editor for DiA, including any improvements or other changes you would make if you were awarded the post

The deadline for applications is 29 May 2020 and it is anticipated that Skype interviews will be held for the post in June 2020.

Coming soon

  • A call for papers for a special issue of Debates in Aesthetics on the subject of the ‘New Theory of Photography’. Those interested in contributing to the issue will be invited to respond to an article, written by Dawn Wilson (University of Hull), on the topic. Wilson will produce a critical response to all accepted papers. The CFP, along with Wilson’s article will be circulated soon.
  • Our Special Issue on the work of Paul C Taylor will be published soon, keep on eye on this page or subscribe to our newsletter!