ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE D’ESTHÉTIQUE
To give institutional recognition, world-wide, to aesthetics as a field of humanistic knowledge, to encourage and promote inquiry in aesthetics, and to disseminate its findings.
To expedite exchange between national societies and regional societies of aesthetics; to promote the creation of national societies in countries where none are in existence; to provide a forum for aestheticians who are not members of any national society.
“Aesthetics" embraces all studies of the creation and appreciation of the arts, of the aesthetic values of art and nature, of industry and everyday life, and of the relations of those activities and values to economic, political, and social life and other modes of human culture.
The IAA currently consists of 29 collective members, i.e. national societies for aesthetics, and approximately 600 individual members. The main aim of the IAA is to give institutional recognition to aesthetics as a field of humanistic knowledge, to encourage and promote inquiry into aesthetics, and to disseminate its findings. The IAA does this by publishing the IAA Newsletter (published on this website), an IAA Yearbook (in 2010 volume no. 14 appeared) and organizing international congresses: the last four being those in Rio de Janeiro in 2004, Ankara in 2007, Beijing in 2010, and Krakow in 2013. The 2016 congress will be in Seoul, South Korea. All scholars interested in philosophical or other kinds of aesthetics and in related areas such as art history, comparative literature, musicology, visual arts, cultural studies. etc., are invited to become members of our Association, thus joining a community of aestheticians which has institutionally existed for almost a century.