Call for Abstracts

The abstract submission deadline was January 15, 2024. The organising committee aims to notify the results by March 1, 2024.

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

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

The abstract submission deadline was January 15, 2024. The organising committee aims to notify the results by March 1, 2024.


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).

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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