Editor in Chief, MAX RYYNÄNEN (PhD, Docent, 1972) is senior lecturer in theory of visual culture at Aalto University's Department of Art and, together with Falk Heinrich and Richard Shusterman, the editor in chief of https://somaesthetics.aau.dk/index.php/JOS. More on the webpage http://maxryynanen.net.
Editor in Chief, JOZEF KOVALČIK has been Chief Executive of the newly established Slovak Arts Council since July 2015. He was previously Vice Rector at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, where he also taught theory of art, theory of design and aesthetics. His research has been focused on the relation between high and popular culture and cultural politics. He completed two books on this topic, entitled Aesthetics of Popular Culture, which is co-authored by Max Ryynänen (Slovart, 2014). He was also an active curator of contemporary art and design.
Associate Editor Dr. ZOLTÁN SOMHEGYI is a Hungarian art historian, holding a PhD. in aesthetics, currently working at the College of Fine Arts and Deisgn of the University of Sharjah, UAE. As a researcher, he is specialised in 18th-19th century art and theory, besides that his other fields of interest are contemporary fine arts and art criticism. He is the author of books, artist catalogues, and more than two hundred articles, critiques, essays and art fair reviews. He is the Secretary General and Website Editor of the International Association for Aesthetics. http://www.zoltansomhegyi.com
Associate Editor Mgr. MICHAELA PAŠTEKOVÀ, PhD (1982) works at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (Slovakia), where she teaches classes on aesthetics, mass culture and theory of photography. In her research, she focuses on the influence of social platforms and new media on visual culture, aesthetics and the evaluation of the photographic image. Her current research focuses on recycling strategies in contemporary photography. She is also an active curator and art critic. Since 2014, she is also the chair of the Slovak Association of Aesthetics.
EMILY AIAVA studies ethnography at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on the role of magical thinking in everyday practices, utilizing non-representational framework that emphasizes more-than-human agencies. She has presented her research at conferences throughout the Nordics and Baltics, focusing on issues of religion and magical thinking, non-representational thinking, activism and ideology, and the everyday.
RAINE AIAVA is a Ph.D candidate in Aesthetics at the University of Helsinki’s Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies. Working in the field of Everyday Aesthetics, he is part of a cross-disciplinary research project, Urban Aesthetics in Motion: Bridging the Gap Between Philosophical Aesthetics and Urban Mobility Futures, by the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. Aiava has also a Masters in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is a co-founder and board member of the Museum of Impossible Forms in Kontula, Helsinki, a cultural center funded by the Kone Foundation.
ADAM ANDRZEJEWSKI is a philosopher and Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw. His research is focused on everyday aesthetics, popular culture, and the ontology of art. He has authored several articles devoted to analytic aesthetics and the philosophy of art published in e.g. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetic, Rivista di estetica, Brill Research Perspectives on Art and Law or The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Evental Aesthetics as well as the Treasurer of the European Society for Aesthetics.
KARAN AUGUST an independent scholar and architectural design consultant in the San Fransisco Bay Area. Since 2007 she has lectured on philosophy, architecture, and led design studios throughout Europe, the UK, Japan, New Zealand, and the States. Her training includes the study of philosophy at UC Berkeley and architecture at TU Delft. She is on the editorial board of Footprint, Delft Architecture Theory Journal.
DAVID COLLINS is a doctoral candidate at McGill University who came to philosophy from a background in film production, screenwriting, and film/media education. His interests include aesthetics and the philosophy of art (including the philosophy of film), ethics and philosophies of value, and philosophies of experience -- for the latter, particularly as found in the works of R.G. Collingwood, the classical American pragmatists, and Henri Bergson. He is currently Membership and Communications Secretary for the Canadian Society for Aesthetics, and a member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.
PAULS DAIJA, PhD, is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia. His research interests include history of the Popular Enlightenment (Volksaufklärung) in the Baltics as well as the history of the Baltic German and Latvian literary culture in the 18th and 19th centuries.
ELISABETTA DI STEFANO (Ph.D. in Aesthetics and theory of Arts) is Associate Professor at the University of Palermo. Her research focuses on the theory of the arts in the Renaissance, the ornament theory, the aesthetics of everyday life with particular reference to architecture and design. Her main publications are: Iperestetica (Palermo, 2012); Che cos’è l’estetica quotidiana (Roma, 2017); Cosmetic Practices: The Intersection with Aesthetics and Medicine in Aesthetic Experience and Somaesthetics, ed. Richard Shusterman (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2018), 162–179.
CARSTEN FRIBERG is a Copenhagen based philosopher (PhD), working as independent scholar after previously holding positions at Copenhagen University, Aarhus School of Architecture, and Aalborg University. His main focus is on aesthetics, atmosphere/ ambiance, philosophy of culture and history of ideas.
OLIVIA GLASSER is based in Salford (Greater Manchester, UK), splitting her working time between arts development at Salford Community Leisure and teaching at the Manchester School of Art and the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. Her recent creative practice has been informed by her educational research in to democratic spaces. Working with saunas as sites for democratic encounter, she was in residence in Éncore Room Sauna at Islington Mill in summer 2018 and in summer 2019 hosted sauna sessions in the Baltic States as part of the Spaces of Appearances Mini Pirtis Tour.
ANIRUDDHA GUPTE practices design at the intersection between the domains of service design and industrial design. He divides his time between the role of adjunct professor at the NMIMS School of Design in Mumbai and initiating independent projects. He has completed an MA in industrial design at Designskolen Kolding in Denmark and an undergraduate diploma in product and interface design at The Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. Topics that currently get him excited are sustainability in design and design for a circular economy.
JAMES R. HAMILTON is Professor of Philosophy at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, USA, works on aesthetic issues and issues in the philosophy of art. He is an empirically and formally oriented philosopher, informing his work using studies in decision theory, formal learning theories, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and cognitive anthropology.
NOORA-HELENA KORPELAINEN is a PhD student in the Doctoral Programme in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences (DENVI) at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on the notion of aesthetic sensibility and its relationship with sustainability transformations. Currently, she is also secretary of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics.
HEIDI S. KOSONEN is a visual cultural researcher, who works as a doctoral candidate at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä. Her research has revolved around the representative politics of socio-cultural taboos, particularly in the matters of sexuality and death, which she has studied in in her dissertation ‘The Visual Taboo: Sexuality, Death and Bodily Control in the Postmodern Image Culture’ (2012-2017). Kosonen is perpetually interested in all things obscene. She is currently preparing a research on the cultural construction of inedibility, food taboos and the related disenfranchised forms of mourning.
ANDREA MECACCI is Associate Professor of Aesthetics at the Università
degli Studi di Firenze. His current researches focus on the aestheticization of contemporary world. His studies concentrate on some operative and conceptual categories specific to this process: pop, postmodernism, kitsch. Among his books: Introduzione a Andy Warhol (2008), L’estetica del pop, (2011), Estetica e design (2012), Il kitsch (2014) and Dopo Warhol. Il pop, il postmoderno, l’estetica diffusa (2017).
OSSI NAUKKARINEN is Professor of Aesthetics and Vice Dean at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. He has especially been interested in everyday and environmental aesthetics since 1990's and published articles and books on these themes in English, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Slovenian and Chinese. Lately, he has been working in analyzing the field of aesthetics through computational, digital methods. He is also writing a new monograph on contemporary aesthetics, and it will be published in 2018. On his publications, please see https://research.aalto.fi/en/persons/ossi-naukkarinen%289eab0044-5f2b-4939-b37d-307df9b2fd34%29/publications.html?page=0
SUE SPAID is the Associate Editor of Aesthetic Investigations. She recently published Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies, 1957-2017, her fifth book on art and ecology. In addition to regularly presenting papers at philosophy conferences, her papers have appeared in Philosophy of Design, Philosophica, Arte y Filosofía en Arthur Danto, The Journal of Somaesthetics, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and Rivista di Estetica. She is currently completing her first philosophy monograph, The Philosophy of Curating: Work ó World, which reflects her nearly thirty-five years experience as a critic, gallerist, curator, and museum director.
ASHLEY WATKINS is a PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews. His interests are primarily in the philosophy of fiction, philosophy of acting, and everyday aesthetics. Once a teenage goth, he's combined his lifelong interest in the macabre, hobby of taking photos of gravestones, and suspicion that the aesthetic is intimately linked with personal identity into this paper.
SUSANNE C. YLÖNEN, PhD in Art Education, is a post doctoral researcher at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä. Her doctoral dissertation 'The Fighting Crab Monster' (2016) explored the field of child cultural horror and especially the performative aesthetics used within its more of less 'childish' iterations of genre related style and content. Currently she works on the subject of aesthetic sublation as a form of popular cultural meaning making, tracing the phenomenon in diverse case studies from memorial doorstops to zombie picturebooks. Her research is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.