Editor in Chief, MAX RYYNÄNEN (PhD, Docent, 1972) is senior lecturer in theory of visual culture at Aalto University's Department of Art, where he is also the director of the international MA program Visual Culture, Curating, and Contemporary Art (ViCCA). He is the chair of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics. He is also an essayist, philosophical performer and both an ex gallerist and ex art critic. 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.
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.
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.
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.