The Japanese Society for Aesthetics

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An Overview of the Society

The Japanese Society for Aesthetics, the most authoritative nationwide society in the field, was established in 1949 to promote research in fields related to aesthetics and the studies of art in the broad sense, including music, drama, dance and film. The society's regular activities include publishing the Japanese-language journal Bigaku (quarterly until 2007, and biannually since) and the Western-language journal Aesthetics (every two years from 1983, and annually since 2009, as an on-line journal). The society also organizes an annual nationwide conference and Eastern and Western division conferences five times a year. Also, on occasion, the society holds special lectures given by foreign researchers and participates in symposiums on special themes hosted by the Japanese Association for Art Studies and the Japanese Federation of Philosophical Societies. In 2001, the society hosted the 15th International Congress of Aesthetics with the Science Council of Japan. The event gathered about 430 attendees from Japan and abroad, and was very successful.

Society membership fees are set at 8,000 yen. Individual members are engaged in specialized research in the aforementioned fields. The society has no special membership program for students, but, if approved by committee, undergraduates may also join the society as full-fledged members. Presently, the society has about 1,600 members, most of whom are professores, instructors and graduate students.

In accordance with the general meetings held each year during the society's national conference, various committees comprised of the president and other committee members manage society affairs. Board members are elected by member vote every three years. Ten members are elected in each division and, from the 20 elected members, a president is elected by mutual vote. In addition, a representative of each division is elected by the elected members of their own division. The representatives also act as society vice presidents. Also, in order to ensure a well-rounded group, the elected members of each division appoint five additional committee members. The 15 members from both divisions combine to form a joint committee. The members of this committee are responsible for editing the society's journals and handling the society's accounts. They oversee society operations along with the secretary of affairs they appoint. The society entrusts managing member information, collecting fees and shipping out journals to the Academic Society Assistance Center supported by the National Federation of University Co-operative Associations in Japan, which acts as the Japanese Society for Aesthetics office.

Journal Bigaku

Journal edited by the Japanese Society for Aesthetics

The Bigaku (Aesthetics) is published biannually, in collaboration with Bijutsu Shuppan-sha by the Japanese Society for Aesthetics, c/o Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan. Communications regarding informations, subscriptions and exchange of periodicals or news should be sent to the Society.


The Japanese Society for Aesthetics (JSA)

Motoaki SHINOHARA (Kyoto University)
Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
Yoshida nihonmatsu-cho, Sakyo-ku, 606-8501 Kyoto, JAPAN

Eastern Division of the JSA

Vice President/Representative of Eastern Division
Tanehisa OTABE (University of Tokyo)
Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo
Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, 113-0033 TOKYO, JAPAN

Western Division of the JSA

Vice President/Representative of Western Division
Hiroshi YOSHIOKA (Kyoto University)
Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University
Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, 606-8501 KYOTO, JAPAN