NASS 2016 Conference Programme out now!

If you are fortunate enough to be based Stateside then you’ll probably be aware that it’s only a couple of weeks now until the 22nd North American Sartre Society (NASS) conference hosted at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)!

From 4-6 November UNCW will play host to scholars from around the world to discuss numerous facets of Sartre’s work. There’s a whole host of great sessions … from the roundtable discussion “It is right to rebel” on Sunday, to not one but TWO sessions dedicated to different facets of Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason. Not to mention Literature as Praxis and four separate sessions on different aspects of Sartre’s political thought. And if that wasn’t enough there is also Sarah Bakewell who is Saturday’s keynote with How to stop worrying and enjoy Sartre!

Needless to say, don’t miss it! You can check out the programme here or find out more about the conference. And of course, don’t forget to register!

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Existentialism & The Body: Recordings Out Now!

As many of you are aware we try to openly license and share on YouTube as many recordings of conference sessions as possible. I’m pleased to announce that recordings from this year’s conference are now available! Unfortunately due to technical issues we weren’t able to capture all sessions but the excellent papers captured here reflect what was an great conference.

And of course don’t forget to check out recordings of previous conferences and other playlists that we’ve put together for your viewing pleasure… as always, feedback welcome!

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Existentialism & the Body: 1 July 2016

A big thanks to everyone who participated in Friday’s conference – we had a great day with excellent papers and no shortage of discussion!

Recordings of selected papers will be available shortly. In the meantime, here are some pictures from the event for your perusal…


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Paul Wallace

Paul Wallace

We are very sad to announce that one of our committee members, Paul Wallace, passed away on 8th June.

Paul was one of our longest serving and most loyal members. He combined his impressive knowledge and infectious enthusiasm about all aspects of the works of Sartre and Beauvoir with a friendliness and generosity of spirit that made him a great participant at our conferences.

Paul’s contributions to the field, through his own conference presentations, his responses to other people’s talks, and his work on the committee have been highly valuable. We shall certainly miss him.

This year’s conference is dedicated to Paul’s memory.

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Agenda for UK Sartre Society conference 2016 out now!

If you’re still thinking about joining us on 1 July in Oxford for our annual conference (this year our theme is Existentialism and the Body) there’s still time to grab a ticket! We’ve got a great line-up of speakers, including Katherine Morris (Oxford) as our keynote, so to help you make the call, here’s the provisional running order for the day:

Coffee and registration


The Dialectics of (In)visibility and the Lived Experience of Race, Danielle Petherbridge (Columbia and UCD)


The Ageing Body, Kathleen Lennon (Hull)


Violence and Generosity: Meeting the Other’s Body in Cahiers pour une Morale, Maria Russo (San Raffaele, Milan)



Women’s Bodies and Consent to Submission in Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, Manon Garcia (Panthéon-Sorbonne and Tufts)


‘It’s All Part of Growing Up’: Beauvoirian Bodies and Intrusion, Fiona Vera Gray (Durham)



What You Think (About Sartre’s Approach to the Philosophy of Mind) is What You Get, Matthew Eshleman (UNC Wilmington)

4.15-5.30 Keynote Address

Living Bodies, Katherine Morris (Oxford)

Book your place!

Download a copy of the schedule!

We look forward to seeing old and new friends alike next Friday in Oxford – safe travels!

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North American Sartre Society CFP out now!

Fellow Sartreans and friends, the North American Sartre Society (NASS), have announced the call for papers for their 4-6 November meeting. The conference will be held at University North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and the theme is  “Existentialism and Engagement: The History and Future of Existentialism.” The conference’s keynote speaker will be Sarah Bakewell.

“The North American Sartre Society invites proposals for its twenty-second conference, to be hosted by Matthew Eshleman at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, November 4-6, 2016. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Russell Tribunal, the theme of our 2016 conference will be “Existentialism and Engagement: The History and Future of Existentialism.”

We invite proposals which address the legacy and future of existentialism and politics, reflecting on the history of existentialism in the public sphere, including its role in art, journalism, theater, social movements, music, the academy, and electoral politics. We also encourage participants to address questions such as: What is the future of Sartre scholarship? Will existentialism have a home outside of the academy?

As always, we also welcome papers in any area of Sartre scholarship (philosophy, literature, theater, psychology, politics, intellectual history, Sartre and other writers, etc.) Proposals need not address the conference theme. The North American Sartre Society encourages diverse and pluralistic approaches to Sartre Studies.

Reading time for a paper should be 20-25 minutes maximum. In addition to individual papers, we welcome suggestions for panel topics.

Proposals may be submitted in either English or French. Graduate students are also encouraged to submit proposals. We hope to provide a limited number of stipends for graduate students to help defray the costs of travel and lodging. In order to be considered for a stipend, graduate students must contact us to apply.

All those whose papers are accepted are required to become members of the North American Sartre Society (if they are not already) in order to present a paper at the conference. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: July 31, 2016.

Please E-MAIL an abstract (1-2 pages) as an attachment to Elizabeth Butterfield: ebutterfield[at]

For panel submissions, please submit an abstract for the whole panel as well as abstracts for each individual paper. All proposals will be forwarded to the Program Committee for blind review.” (Source)

This is a great conference and opportunity so don’t delay… submit your abstract today!


Photos: NASS 2015 at East Stroudsburg University, Bethlehem, PA by Beck Pitt and licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Existentialism and the Body: 1 July 2016

We were inundated with excellent submissions for this year’s conference and would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract. We’re now pleased to announce the line-up for this year’s conference Existentialism and the Body which will take place on Friday 1 July 2016 at St Peter’s College, Oxford.

Existentialism and the Body

The Dialectics of (In)visibility and the Lived Experience of Race
Danielle Petherbridge (Columbia and UCD)

The Ageing Body
Kathleen Lennon (Hull)

Violence and Generosity: Meeting the Other’s Body in Cahiers pour une Morale
Maria Russo (San Raffaele, Milan)

Women’s Bodies and Consent to Submission in Beauvoir’s The Second Sex
Manon Garcia (Panthéon-Sorbonne and Tufts)

‘It’s All Part of Growing Up’: Beauvoirian Bodies and Intrusion
Fiona Vera Gray (Durham)

What You Think (About Sartre’s Approach to the Philosophy of Mind) is What You Get
Matthew Eshleman (UNC Wilmington)


Living Bodies
Katherine Morris (Oxford)

Spaces are limited … so please register to participate and guarantee your place. We look forward to seeing you in a couple of months!

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