Call for Abstracts

The abstract submission deadline was January 15, 2024. The organising committee has sent out the results by email.

Upcoming Conference

The next annual conference of the European Society for Aesthetics is taking place on 6-8 June, 2024 in Naples, Italy.
The conference is co-organised by the ESA and the Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”. The conference venue is Palazzo del Mediterraneo, Via Marina, Napoli, Italy.

The confirmed keynote speakers are:
Hans Maes (University of Kent)
Tone Roald (University of Copenhagen)
Stefano Velotti (Sapienza University of Roma)


The conference lasts from Thursday morning (June 6) until Saturday late afternoon (June 8).

The ESA Assembly will be held on Thursday (June 6) and the conference dinner on Friday evening (June 7).

See the full programme here:


The conference will take place at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, in Palazzo Mediterraneo via Marina 56, Napoli. Naples, Italy.

The main room (1.1) for the event is located on the 1st floor of Palazzo Mediterraneo.

Palazzo Mediterraneo is in the center of Naples, and from there, it is very easy to reach the most beautiful areas of the historical center of the town, such as Spaccanapoli, San Gregorio Armeno, Piazza del Gesù, via Roma and Piazza Plebiscito.


Please use this form to registrer for the conference:

Registration deadline: May 20, 2024

Payment deadline: June 1, 2024

Conference fee is €40 for students and unwaged, and €80 for academics.

Conference dinner (optional) costs €40 for everyone.

Contact: conference(a)


The local organisers recommend:



For more other nearby hotels and B&B, see Accommodation-list.

(Some B&B have ‘cash only payment’: it’s important to clarify this point when booking)

Please note that neither the ESA, nor the local organisers will be able to book rooms for you – you will have to contact the hotels directly. Since Napoli is a popular tourist location, conference participants are advised to book their room as soon as possible.


How to get to the conference venue:

From Naples Airport – Capodichino (Aeroporto Internazionale di Napoli)
Alibus (
It takes approximately 19 minutes to Napoli Centrale in front of the train station.

From the train station Napoli Centrale:
It takes approximately 20 minutes from the train station Napoli Centrale to Palazzo del Mediterraneo.
By underground railway: Metro Linea 1 to Piscinola – Università or Duomo stop.

How to get by car:
1. From A1/E45 Take the exit toward Napoli Centro/Porto.
2. Merge onto A3.
3. Take the exit toward Centro.
4. Continue on Via Reggia di Portici.
5. Take Via Amerigo Vespucci to Via Nuova Marina.

Travelling inside the city:

Public transport tickets can be purchased in every metro station or in ‘Tabacchi’ shops around the city.

Buses suffer for frequent traffic jam in the center of the city; better to more around on foot or by metro (line 1) – metro  stations present very interesting installations by contemporary artists (Pistoletto, Kentridge etc).


In the city center close to the University, there are several pizzerias and trattorias ideal for the lunch break, such as:

Restaurants in the city centre:

Restaurants on the seaside:

Please note that although card payment is already the most widespread way of payment, you could bring with you some cash just to pay for coffee.

There are also pizzerias (or similar) which give you first a simple handwritten list of the plates and drinks you took, and then the receipt but only if you ask for it. It’s always better to ask about card payment and receipts before you start ordering.


Please send your questions concerning the conference venue, the meals, accommodation, travel and other local issues to the local organisers: Aurosa Alison ( or Elena Tavani (etavani(at)

Please send all other questions (for instance, concerning the programme) to the ESA conference organiser (conference(a)

Past Conferences

  • ESA conference 2023 – Budapest (→)

Keynote speakers
Alva Noë: Enacting Value
Stacie Friend: Fact, Fiction and Understanding

  • ESA Conference 2022 – Tallinn (→)

Keynote speakers
Emmanuel Alloa: Sharing Perspectives. Points of View in Art and Philosophy
Pauline von Bonsdorff: Aesthetics, Culture and Nature
Virve Sarapik: Aesthetics and Semiotics. Partly Site-specific
  • ESA Conference 2020/2021 – online (→)

Keynote speakers
Bence Nanay: Aesthetic Experience as Achievement
David Davies: Explananda for an Ontology of Multiple Artworks
Erika Fischer-Lichte: Transformative Aesthetics


  • ESA Conference 2019 – Warsaw (→)

Keynote speakers
Hanne Appelqvist: What Can Mere Musical Form Show Us about Reality?
Ruth Sonderegger: Emancipation, normalization, or coercion? Aesthetic education from Kant to Spivak
Lydia Goehr: Painting in Waiting: Prelude to a Critical Philosophy of History and Art


  • ESA Conference 2018 – Maribor (→)

Keynote speakers
Giovanni Matteucci: The (Aesthetic) Extended Mind: From Experience-of to Experience-with
Robert Hopkins: The Sculpted Image
Catrin Misselhorn: Conceptual Knowledge in Literature


  • ESA Conference 2017 – Berlin (→)

Keynote speakers
Hagi Kenaan: Photography: The Visual as an Existential
Dominique Chateau: Art, otherwise than art
Eileen John: Artistic Differences: Disliking and Disagreeing about Art


  • ESA Conference 2016 – Barcelona (→)

Keynote speakers
Lev Kreft: Dandy Socialism
Christoph Menke: The Paradox of Ability and the Value of Beauty
Elisabeth Schellekens: What Do We Owe Beautiful Objects?


  • ESA Conference 2015 – Dublin (→)

Keynote speakers
Paul Crowther: The Need for Art: Substantial Freedom and the Aesthetics of Self-Consciousness
Carole Talon-Hugon: Artialisation of Emotions
Francisca Perez Carreño: Keep reading. Aesthetic experience and literary interpretation


  • ESA Conference 2014 – Amsterdam (→)

Keynote speakers
Martin Seel: Active Passivity: On the Aesthetic Variant of Freedom
Berys Gaut: Culture and Creativity
Maarten Doorman: The Romantic Order and the Unabatable Belief in Autonomy


  • ESA conference 2013 – Prague (→)

Keynote speakers
Tomáš Hlobil: 250 Years of Aesthetics at Prague University: How the History of the Teaching of Aesthetics Has Evaded Its Historians
Paolo D’Angelo: Aesthetics as Philosophy of Experience
Maria Elisabeth Reicher- Marek: Actual meaning objectivism


  • ESA conference 2012 – Guimarães (→)

Keynote speakers
Krystyna Wilkoszewska: Transcultural Studies in Aesthetics: The Ups and Downs
Noël Carroll: The Creative Audience: Some Ways in which Readers, Viewers, and/or Listeners Use their Imaginations to Engage Fictional Artworks
Mário Jorge de Carvalho: A Further Point of View on Points of View


  • ESA conference 2011 – Grenoble (→)

Keynote speakers
Roger Pouivet: Modal Aesthetics
Josef Füchtl: Produced and Nevertheless True: On Heroes, Stars, and an Aesthetics of Presence
Christel Fricke: Aesthetic Ways of Worldmaking
Gerard Vilar: Some Paradoxes of De-Artification and Rancière’s Art Philosophy


  • ESA conference 2010 – Udine (→)

Keynote speakers
Sergio Givone: About a narrative way of thinking
Lambert Wiesing: Pause of participation. On the function of artificial presence
John Hyman: Is resemblance a relation?
Thierry de Duve: On negativity in Kant’s Third Critique


  • ESA conference 2009 – Fribourg (→)


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