Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics
Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics is a generalist journal in the field of philosophical aesthetics. As the successor to Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, it publishes research articles that engage with the diverse and rich traditions of aesthetics in Europe and beyond. The editors welcome submissions that aim at bridging gulfs between different traditions and approaches in aesthetics, most importantly between the so-called analytic and continental traditions but also between the systematic and more historical approaches. Moreover, the journal encourages contributions that aim at connecting aesthetics to other sub-fields of philosophy. Estetika is an open access journal that is published twice a year. The journal follows triple-anonymous peer review process.
Estetika was founded in 1964 as a tribune of Czech and Slovak scholars of aesthetics. It was published by the Institute of Art Theory and Art History at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences with the aim of contributing to the development of aesthetics as a distinct field of scholarship clearly distinguishable from art criticism. In the 1960s, Estetika published articles by scholars from countries of the Soviet bloc, systematically developed the ideas of the Prague Linguistic Circle, and considered aspects of Modern art. The Soviet-led military intervention in Czechoslovakia in 1968 was, however, the beginning of the journal’s decline. While Estetika was allowed to continue, it could not develop freely. The collapse of the Communist regime in 1989 enabled Estetika to renew its editorial board and find a new role in encouraging the development of an interdisciplinary approach to the arts and the history of ideas in aesthetics. In 2006, the journal became peer-reviewed.
The last issue of the Czech version of Estetika was published in December 2007. In 2008, the journal was relaunched as Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, an international journal published in English and German, under the leadership Charles University professor Tomáš Hlobil. In 2012, Fabian Dorsch (University of Fribourg) assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief and the sole language of the journal became English. The journal also adopted the triple anonymous peer review policy. In 2018, the new Editor-in-Chief, Hanne Appelqvist (University of Helsinki), initiated the publishing collaboration between the Faculty of Arts at Charles University and Helsinki University Press. From 2019 onwards, the journal has been open access, and in 2020, the journal’s title was changed to Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics.More...