ESA Conference 2020 – Tallinn (Estonia)

Tallinn (Estonia): 10-12 June 2020

The European Society for Aesthetics would like to invite you to attend the ESA Conference that will take place in Tallinn (Estonia), from the 10th until the 12th of June 2020.

The conference is co-organised with the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Keynote speakers

Professor David Davies (McGill)

Professor Bence Nanay (Antwerp)

Professor Virve Sarapik (Estonian Academy of Arts)

Venue and transportation

Põhja pst 7, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia

The conference takes place at the main building of the Estonian Academy of Arts, in the atmospheric Kalamaja district. Tallinn has one airport which has direct connections to 27 international (mostly European) destinations. The airport is located inside the city, only half an hour away from the conference venue (on public transport).

Visitors from Finland or Sweden could also opt for the ferry: a trip from Helsinki to Tallinn lasts a little over 2 hours, the trip from Stockholm to Tallinn around 17 hours.

How to get to the conference venue from Tallinn Airport:

· Take tram line number 4 (the tram stop is located on the city side of the passenger terminal, the airport is the final stop) to “Hobujaama”. Switch to tram line number 1 or 2 towards Kopli. Exit at the stop called “Põhja puiestee”.

· A taxi ride from the airport to the conference venue costs around 7-10 euros. The most convenient and cheapest option is to use a taxi app: Uber, Bolt or Yandex.

· It is also possible to take a bus: line number 2 towards Reisisadam. Exit at the stop “A. Laikmaa” and take a tram from “Hobujaama” (again, line 1 or 2 towards Kopli).

How to get to the conference venue from Port of Tallinn (D-terminal, for arrivals from Stockholm and Helsinki):

· The easiest and fastest way to the venue is by taxi.

From A-terminal, arrivals from Helsinki:

· Again, the easiest and fastest way to get to the conference venue is by taxi.

· It is also possible to walk to tram stop called “Linnahall” and take the tram line 1 or 2 to “Põhja Puiestee” (direction: Kopli). From there, it is only a two minute walk to the main building of the Estonian Academy of Arts.

How to get to the conference venue from Tallinn Bus Station:

· Tram line number 2 connects directly Tallinn Bus Station with the Estonian Academy of Arts. Walk to tram stop called “Bussijaam” (4 min walk) and take the tram line number 2 (towards Kopli) to “Põhja Puiestee”. From there it is a very short walk to the venue.

How to get to the conference venue from Tallinn Train Station (Balti jaam):

· It is a 5 min walk from the Tallinn Train Station.

Public transport in Tallinn

For public transport, it is recommended to buy the Tallinn transportation card – “Ühiskaart” (Smartcard) – for 2€, available at various post offices, grocery stores, kiosks (most common R-Kiosk) and in the Tallinn Bus Station. You can load money onto the Smartcard and buy tickets and travel cards at the sale points of the card. The card has to be validated upon every entry in a public transportation vehicle. With the Smartcard an hourly ticket costs 1.50 €. Note that the cost of the journeys you make in a single day using hourly tickets will never exceed the cost of a 1-day travel card (4.50 €). Other Smartcard tickets: 3 day ticket (7.50 €), 5 day ticket (9.00 €).

One can also purchase a 1-hour ticket directly from the driver (only in cash) – 2 € full price, 1 € reduced. See the information on the Tallinn public transportation web page:

Getting around in Tallinn is easy, especially since it is not a very big city. You can use buses and trams. Many sights are also in walking distance from the city centre and the conference venue.


Hotels that are the closest to the venue:

· Hotel Economy · Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel · Three Crowns Residents · Braavo SPA Hotel


· Old Town Hostel Alur · Tallinn Backpackers · Lai 22

Call for abstracts

Our call for abstracts has now closed. Many thanks to all who submitted for our Tallinn conference. If you missed out, we will be having another conference in 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. So look out for our call for abstracts towards the end of the year.

All papers presented at the conference are eligible for publication in the Proceedings of the ESA. (  

Fabian Dorsch ESA Essay Prize

The European Society for Aesthetics arranges an essay prize for PhD students and early career scholars (max. three years from the doctorate) in connection with its yearly conferences. The prize consists of travel and accommodation stipend of up to 500 euros. The ESA will also award the prize winner’s conference fees and conference dinner. The winning essay will be considered for publication in the journal Estetika. In taking part in the prize, participants commit themselves to publish their essay in Estetika in case they are awarded the prize. For more information on the journal please visit:

All submissions to the prize must be in English. First submissions should be made by following the general call of the ESA 2020 conference and all submissions will be considered for presentation at the conference. Please place “(Essay Prize)” after the title of your submission in EasyChair to indicate that you want your submission to be considered for the prize. The selection of the prize winner will be broken down into two stages. After the first round of reviews, selected authors will be asked to submit a full conference paper (max. 3500 words) by the March 22 2020. The recipient of the prize will be selected from this group. We aim to announce the winner by the May 1 2020.

For all enquiries regarding the prize please contact Karen Simecek, the secretary of the ESA:

Please send all your questions to the conference organisers: conference[at]