Previous congresses of the IAA

Previous congresses of the IAA



By Jos de Mul

         I     Berlin (Germany), 1913        II     Paris (France), 1937       III     Venice (Italy), 1956       IV    Athens (Greece), 1960       …

Volume 18. Krystyna Wilkoszewska (ed.). Aesthetics in Action

Volume 18. Krystyna Wilkoszewska (ed.). Aesthetics in Action



By Zoltan

Volume 18. Krystyna Wilkoszewska (ed.). Aesthetics in Action. International Yearbook of Aesthetics. Volume 18. 2014   Content   The 18th…

"Aesthetics and Mass Culture" – Proceedings of ICA 2016 – Seoul, Korea

"Aesthetics and Mass Culture" – Proceedings of ICA 2016 – Seoul, Korea



By Zoltan

"Aesthetics and Mass Culture" Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Aesthetics Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea Organised by the…

Volume 19. Zoltán Somhegyi (ed.). Retracing the past. Historical continuity in aesthetics from a global perspective

Volume 19. Zoltán Somhegyi (ed.). Retracing the past. Historical continuity in aesthetics from a global perspective



By Zoltan

Zoltán Somhegyi (ed.). Retracing the past. Historical continuity in aesthetics from a global perspective International Yearbook of Aesthetics. Volume 19. 2017…


About IAA (8)



Honorary Life Members:

Arnold Berleant (USA)

Joseph Margolis (USA)

Tomonobu Imamichi* (Japan)

Stefan Morawski* (Poland)

Mikel Dufrenne* (France)



Officers and Delegates

Executive Committee Officers (2019-2022)

President: Miodrag Suvakovic (Belgrade, Serbia)

First Vice President: Krystyna Wilkoszewska (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)

Second Vice President: Joosik Min (Yeungnam University, Korea)

Treasurer: Tyrus Miller (University of California, Irvine, USA)

Vice Treasurer: Curtis Carter (Marquette University, USA)

Secretary General: Zoltan Somhegyi (University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)

Assistant Secretary General: Polona Tratnik (Alma Mater Europaea, Slovenia)



Andrea Baldini (Italy)

Manfred Milz (Germany)

Lydia Muthuma (Kenya)

Sanela Nikolic (Serbia)

Yang Zhen (China) 


Past Presidents

Jale Erzen 2016-2019

Gao Jianping 2013-2016

Curtis L. Carter 2010-2013                                                                                              

Jos de Mul 2007-2010                                                                                                  

Heinz Paezold 2004-2007 *                                                                                         

Ken-ichi Sasaki 2001-2004                                                                                            

Ales Erjavec 1998-2001                                                                                     

Arnold Berleant 1995-1998                                                                                           

Goran Hermeren 1988-1992                                                                                       

Harold Osborne 1984-1988 *




National Delegates

American Society for Aesthetics: Susan Feagin

Asociacion Argentina de Estetica: Rosa Maria Ravera

Australian and New Zealand Association for Literature and Art and Aesthetics: Eugenio Benitez

Brazilian Society for Aesthetics: Rodrigo Duarte

Canadian Society for Aesthetics / Société Canadienne d'Esthétique: Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin

Chilean Society for Aesthetics: Margarita Schultz

Chinese Society for Aesthetics: Peng Feng

Croatian Society for Aesthetics: Nadežda Cacinovic-Puhovski

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik: Karlheinz Lüdeking

Dutch Aesthetics Federation: Renée van de Vall

Euro-Asian International Aesthetics Association: Boris Orlov

European Society for Aesthetics: Zsolt Batori

Finnish Society for Aesthetics: Sanna Lehtinen

Société Française d'Esthétique: Carol Talon Hugnon

Société Hellénique d'Esthétique: Kostas Moraitis

Hungarian Forum of Somaesthetics: Alexander Kremer

Israeli Society for Aesthetics: Ruth Lorand

Società Italiana di Estetica: Raffaele Milani

Japanese Society for Aesthetics: Hiroshi Yoshioka

Korean Society for Aesthetics: Joosik Min

Latvian Association for Aesthetics: Mara Rubene

Lithuanian Society for Aesthetics: Vaidas Matonis

Mexican Society of Aesthetics: Katya Mandoki

Nordic Society for Aesthetics: Jacob Lund

Polish Society of Aesthetics: Krystyna Wilkoszewska

Russian Society for Aesthetics: Artem Radeev

Council of Aesthetics, Russian Academy of Sciences: Konstantin Dolgov

Serbian Society for Aesthetics of Architecture and Visual Arts: Vladimir Mako

Slovenian Society for Aesthetics: Polona Tratnik

Society for Aesthetics in Slovakia: Adrian Kvokacka

Spanish Society for Aesthetics: Rosa Fernández

L'Association Tunisienne d'Esthétique et de Poïétique: Rachida Triki

Sanart Association of Aesthetics and Visual Culture, Turkey: Murat Celik



Jos de Mul (The Netherlands): Guardian Online Yearbook

Melissa Shew (USA): Newsletter Editor

Zoltan Somhegyi (Hungary / United Arab Emirates): IAA Website Editor




 This section contains the Newsletters and Yearbooks published by the IAA, links to journals published by the National Societies of Aesthetics or edited by members of the IAA, the archives of the IAA, and proceedings documenting conferences organized by the IAA or member societies.

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The  First International Congress of Aesthetics (ICA) was organized by Max Dessoir in Berlin in 1913. A second congress took place in Paris in 1937.  Interrupted by the Second World War, the congresses resumed in 1956, when the third congress was held in Venice.  From that time until 1992, congresses took place at four-year intervals. From that time on they have been arranged at three-year intervals. Until 2000 all congresses were held in Europe.  Increasing interest in aesthetics and a greater concern for international communication and association led the Association to enlarge the geographical scope of the congresses, starting with the XVth ICA in Tokyo, 2001. The later congresses were organised in Rio de Janeiro in 2004, Ankara in 2007, Beijing in 2010, Krakow in 2013 and Seoul in 2016. The next ICA will be in Belgrade in 2019.

Please note that the membership rate is $ 30 for three  years.

Membership rate for students for three years is $15

n.b. Those who participate in the International Congresses of the IAA (which are held every three years, the next one will be in Belgrade in 2019) are automatically member of the IAA, as the fee for the three year membership of the IAA ($ 30) is included in the congress fee.

For further enquiries, please contact the Secretary General Zoltan Somhegyi. 

Next to the journals published by the National Societies of Aesthetics, this list also contains the names of journals in the domain of aesthetics and philosophy of art edited by individual members of the IAA, as well as journals of other organizations. 

A Parte Rei. Revista de Filosfia

Aesthetics (ed. by Japanese Society for Aesthetics)

Aisthesis: Revista Chilena de Investigaciones Estéticas

Aisthesis: Rivista de Estetica Online


Art and Cognition Workshops

Art+Media – Journal of Art and Media Studies

Arts and Neurosciences


Boletín de Estética

British Journal of Aesthetics

Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image

College Art Association On-Line Reviews

Consciousness, Literature and the Arts

Contemporary Aesthetics

Critical Studies in Improvisation

Culture and Dialogue

Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics

Esthetica: Tijdschrift voor kunst en filosofie

Espes: Journal of the Society for Aesthetics in Slovakia

Figures de l'Art: Revue d'Etudes Esthetiques

Film and Philosophy


International Yearbook of Aesthetics

Journal of Aesthetic Education

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

Journal of Aesthetics and Culture

Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology

Journal of the Canadian Society for Aesthetics

Laocoonte. Journal of the Spanish Society for Aesthetics

Nordic Journal of Aesthetics

Paroli-Quaderni d'Arte e di Epistemologia

Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics

Proceedings of the 1997 Sydney Conference on Comparative Aesthetics

Proceedings of the European Society for Aesthetics

Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind

Proteus: Cahiers des Théories de l’Art

Rivista di Estetica

Studi di Estetica

Sztuka i Filozofia – Art and Philosophy

Terra Aestheticae

The Polish Journal of Aesthetics

Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft

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The International Association of Aesthetics/Association Internationale d’Esthétique formally came into existence in 1988 at the XIth International Congress of Aesthetics in Nottingham, England.  However, the history of international association in aesthetics goes back many years.  It began with the First International Congress of Aesthetics organized by Max Dessoir in Berlin in 1913.   A second congress took place in Paris in 1937.  Interrupted by the Second World War, the congresses resumed in 1956, when the third congress was held in Venice.  From that time until 1992 with the meeting in Madrid, congresses took place at four-year intervals:  in Athens in 1960, Amsterdam in 1964, Upsala in 1968, Bucharest in 1972, Darmstadt in 1976, Dubrovnik in 1980, Montreal in 1984, and in Nottingham in 1988.

Before 1984 these meetings were arranged by the Comité International d'Esthétique.  Its members included many of the most eminent scholars in aesthetics representing countries with a strong tradition in aesthetics, including France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Japan, and the United States.  At various times the Comité included Etienne Souriau, Mikel Dufrenne, Harold Osborne, Luigi Pareyson, Tonomobu Imamichi, Milan Damnjanovic, Thomas Munro, and many other distinguished scholars.

As interest in aesthetics increased throughout the world, this committee, which was self-appointed and self-perpetuating, became at the same time less active and unable to respond to the needs of the growing community of aestheticians.  At the IXth International Congress in 1980 in Dubrovnik, the decision was made to establish an international association.  A committee, partly appointed by the Comité and partly elected by the delegates present, was charged with drafting a constitution.  The work of that committee was presented at the next congress at Montreal in 1984.  A constitution that included membership for both national societies and individual scholars was adopted by the delegates present, and a provisional Executive Committee was elected to begin organizing the Association.    Harold Osborne, who had been a member of the Comité and was instrumental in encouraging the organization of an international association, became our first President, planning was begun for future congresses and proposals made for additional activities of the Association.  He has since been followed in office by Göran Hermerén, Arnold Berleant, Aleš Erjavec, Ken-ichi Sasaki, Heinz Paetzold, Jos de Mul, Curtis Carter, Gao Jianping and Jale Erzen.



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Since the election of officers at its formal inauguration in 1988, the IAA/AIE has carried on its activities on a regular basis.  It has continued to organize international congresses, following the meeting in Nottingham with a congress in Madrid in 1992.  Increasing interest in aesthetics and a greater concern for international communication and association led the Association to enlarge the geographical scope of the congresses and to arrange them at three-year intervals, first in Lahti, Finland in 1995, in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1998, in Tokyo, Japan in 2001, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2004, Ankara, Turkey in 2007, Beijing, China in 2010, Krakow, Poland in 2013 and Seoul, Korea in 2016.  The Association also expanded its activities to include publication of the IAA Newsletter and, beginning in 1996, the International Yearbook of Aesthetics.  In 2019, the international congress will be held in Belgrade, Serbia.