Call for papers

In an era determined by “the society of image”, the topic proposed for the current edition of the National Conference of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Culture “Ion Ianoși” is representative for our visual, spectacular civilisation.

The image study can be carried out under various perspectives. At a first glimpse,  images  belong either to the inner side of our human being or they are external; they are either individual or collective. Anyway, images develop “dynamic universes” (Jean Jacques Wunenburger, Life of images) which stimulate our thought. Being a product of our psychic life, the image is representative and instrumentalized in each domain of creativity, especially in arts. If, usually, we consider the image to be a product of visual arts, a deeper analysis determine us to take into account other species of arts such as music or the arts of the word. We are challanged to understand the meaning of an image not only as a formative element of the artistic thinking (belonging to the process of imagination) but also as the final product of the artistic production. Any art creates images, either visual, audible or reflected as a gesture.

The manners in which the status and role of images can be analyzed include a semiotical perspective, which engages images as representation, sign, and symbol. Such a paradigm is considered proper to investigate  the process through which “the human mind builts an objective and meaningful world”(Ernst Cassirer, Philosophy of symbolic forms, Introduction).

From a psychological perspective, the study of the image should undertake the imaginative subject and the emotional side of imagined representations (Gaston Bachelard, La reverie poetique). In the same time, studying the oniric production strongly connected to its emergence whithin the artistic production can unveil collective archetypal structures, paradigmatic for certain historical times. The mythic thought, at its turn, can generate unconventional images. The myth is “the proof of an imaginative intelligence, a real nous poietikos” (J.J. Wunenburger, op.cit.) which is  afterwards transposed into the artistic production assuring the so-called abysal depthnesses. (Lucian Blaga, Trilogy of Culture). Consequently, archetypes, schemes and symbols belonging to the mythological thought become available for new creative connexions. In addition, the cinematographic image supports the dynamic of the aesthetic experience: the nonauratic art, inaugurated by Benjamin, also belongs to the film, representing a series of images that lose the authenticity of the direct experience of the relationship between the author and the artwork, respectively between the artwork and the public.

Moreover, the aesthetic and philosophical grounds of image provide for us various meanings that confront the role and use of image, from the creative process, to the work of art as the final image of the former and to the contemplation of the work as an artistic image or an aesthetic one, belonging to a cultural period or to a formative mentality.


We invite you to participate to the National Conference of Aesthetics “Ion Ianoşi”, by submitting your proposals to latter than April 26, 2020. The conference will take place on May 15, 2020 at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Bucharest. The results of the double blind peer-review will be individually communicated by May 4, 2020.  The conference is addressed to those who develop their area of ​​scientific expertise within the fields of philosophy and arts, both senior researchers (teachers and postdoctoral researchers) and young researchers (from all forms of studies – BA, MA, PhD), that will have the opportunity to interact along different panels of our event.  The abstracts, including no more than 5-600 words are expected to be submitted by email (  Submissions must also include the CV of the attendant, revealing significant scientific results achieved in the last 3 years. Please do not forget to include the academic affiliation. Students are required to attach a short professional biography, explaining their future academic interests and their specific interest in aesthetics, history of arts or other connected areas.

The organizing committee:

  • Professor, PhD. Mihaela Pop
  • Teaching Assistant, PhD. Oana Șerban
  • PhD. Rodica Ivan-Hainz