UK Sartre Society Conference 2022: Register now!

We are delighted that this year’s UK Sartre Society conference will be taking place at Maison Française d’Oxford on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 July 2022. Register now!

Keynote Addresses

  • Beauvoir and the Greeks: Tragedy, Philosophy, History (Meryl Altman, DePauw University)
  • The Other of the ‘I’: Deleuze and Sartre on the Transcendental Field (Henry Somers-Hall, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Selected Presentations

  • Pictures of Parenthood and Childhood in Sartrean Existentialism (Ciro Adinolfi, Catholic Institute of Toulouse)
  • Sartre’s and Beauvoir’s Divergent Philosophies of Death (Kiki Berk, Southern New Hampshire University)
  • Reapproaching Sartre: New Developments in the Reception of Sartre’s Thinking (Alfred Betschart, independent scholar)
  • Reading Simone de Beauvoir’s Old Age in the 21st Century: Is this critical essay still relevant? (Marlene Bichet, independent scholar)
  • Ambiguity, Freedom, and Virtue: Reading Simone de Beauvoir as a Virtue Ethicist (David Collins, University of Oxford)
  • Sartre’s Theology-Proof Ontology (Matthew C. Eshleman, UNC Wilmington)
  • Thinking Shyness Through Sartre (Darren Gillies, independent scholar)
  • Old Age and the Question of Authenticity (Sonia Kruks, Oberlin College)
  • Complicity in One’s Oppression as an Ethical Fault (Filipa Melo Lopes, University of Edinburgh)
  • On “l’état cadavérique de l’âme”: Medical Discourse and the Representation of Subjectivity in Le Mur (Louise Mai, Sorbonne Université)
  • Exalting Black Thought: Jean-Paul Sartre’s Commitment to Black Existence and Black Liberation (LaRose T. Parris, Lehman College, City University of New York)
  • Lived Value and the Experiential Self: An Alternative Account of Pre-Reflective Self-Consciousness (Robin Pawlett-Howell, University of York)
  • Dismantling Fused Groups: A Sartrean Account of Political Solidarity (Maria Russo, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan & Francesco Tava, University of the West of England)
  • Writing and Reading Existentially: Sartrean Littérature Engagée as a Framework for Literary Theory and Criticism (Danielle Cervantes Stephens, San Diego State University)
  • Sartre’s Simple Indeterminism (Joshua Tepley, St Anselm College)
  • Identifying with the Reflected Object: Theoretical Relevance of the Mirror Theme in Huis clos (Simone Villani, Università degli Studi di Padova)

We will also be screening Sartre’s existential romcom ‘Les Jeux sont faits’ (with English subtitles) on the 75th anniversary (+ 2 days) of its release.

Register now!

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Imagination & The Imaginary: 14 & 15 July 2021 (Online)

Join us for this year’s UK Sartre Society Conference via Zoom! We are delighted to announce the following line-up for our conference, taking place 14 and 15 July 2021:

Keynote Address
The Feel of the Past: Sartre on Memory and Imagination
Professor Kathleen Lennon (University of Hull)

Selected Talks

Sartre and the Aesthetic Object
– Lucy Barry

Imagining the Real Hitler
– Manu Braganca

Imaginary and Conflict in Post-War French Political Thought
– Emmanuel Charreau

Sartre’s Imaginary Selves
– Mary Edwards

Imaginary Adventures
– Simon Gusman

Imagination and Niche Construction: the Evolutionary Entanglement of Sentience and the World
– Justin Leuba

Imagining the Imaginary: Visualisation in Fantastic Literature
– Srinandini Mukherjee

The Magic of Images: From Primitive Symbolism to Concrete Imagination
– Fabio Tommy Pellizzer

Translation Imagination and Imaginary
– Riccardo Raimondo

The Image of Domination: The Political Stakes of the Sartrean Theory of Imagination
– Fabio Recchia

Sartre on Baudelaire: the Dandy Imagination
– Noel Sauer

Beyond the Ability to Imagine: Finitude and the Limits of Human Imagination in Simone de Beauvoir’s L’Invitée
– Ashley Scheu

Standard registration fee is £10.

Registration is free for members of UK Sartre Society, members of North American Sartre Society, subscribers to Sartre Studies International, students, and unwaged people.

Registration is now open! https://ukss2021.bpt.me

You can also download a schedule of sessions (PDF) here: https://bit.ly/UKSS2021schedule

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UKSS 2020 Imagination & The Imaginary: Conference Submission System now open!

As announced a few months back, the theme of next year’s July 2020 conference will be Imagination and the ImaginaryProfessor Kathleen Lennon, our keynote speaker, is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hull, UK. She writes on the imagination, embodiment, phenomenology, gender, belonging and old age. Recent publications include: Gender Theory in Troubled Times ( Polity 2019) with Rachel Alsop and Imagination and the Imaginary (Routledge 2015).

We are delighted to announce that our conference submission system is now open! The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 December 2019 (please note the new date!)

This is a simple text system, so abstracts cannot include footnotes or text formatting. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, so should not include any information that would identify their authors. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. Please bear in mind that each selected paper will be scheduled 30 minutes for presentation plus some time for questions.

All talks at the conference will be presented in English, so please submit your abstract in English.

Call For Abstracts

What is imagination? How does it relate to thought, memory, and perception? Are works of art, literature, or music imaginary? How is imagination involved in our understanding of ourselves and one another? To what extent can two or more persons imagine the same thing? What role do social imaginaries play in shaping our beliefs and understandings? What is the role of the imaginary in our world of everyday experience? Does imagination have a therapeutic role? Are there limits to what can be imagined?

We invite abstracts of papers addressing these questions in relation to phenomenology, philosophy of mind, moral philosophy, political philosophy, social epistemology, feminist philosophy, critical race theory, aesthetics, literary theory, or psychotherapy. We are especially interested in abstracts that engage the works of Beauvoir, Fanon, Merleau-Ponty, or Sartre.

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UK Sartre Society 2020: Imagination & The Imaginary

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Fresh from our 2019 conference, we’re delighted to announce that the theme of next year’s (2020) conference will be Imagination and the Imaginary.

The conference will be held in July. We aim to announce the precise dates and venue later in 2019.

Our keynote speaker is Professor Kathleen Lennon, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hull, UK. She writes on  the imagination, embodiment, phenomenology, gender, belonging and old age. Recent publications include: Gender Theory in Troubled Times ( Polity 2019) with Rachel Alsop and Imagination and the Imaginary (Routledge 2015).

Call For Abstracts

What is imagination? How does it relate to thought, memory, and perception? Are works of art, literature, or music imaginary? How is imagination involved in our understanding of ourselves and one another? To what extent can two or more persons imagine the same thing? What role do social imaginaries play in shaping our beliefs and understandings? What is the role of the imaginary in our world of everyday experience? Does imagination have a therapeutic role? Are there limits to what can be imagined?

We invite abstracts of papers addressing these questions in relation to phenomenology, philosophy of mind, moral philosophy, political philosophy, social epistemology, feminist philosophy, critical race theory, aesthetics, literary theory, or psychotherapy. We are especially interested in abstracts that engage the works of Beauvoir, Fanon, Merleau-Ponty, or Sartre.

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. Please bear in mind that each selected paper will be scheduled 30 minutes for presentation plus some time for questions.

All talks at the conference will be presented in English, so abstracts should be in English.

Abstracts must be submitted through our online submission system. This is a simple text system, so abstracts cannot include footnotes or text formatting. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, so should not include any information that would identify their authors.

The submission system (available through our website and to be announced in a future blog post) will open by 1st November and close at the end of the day on 1st December. We hope to announce the full conference line-up by the end of January.

Image credit: Magic Mushrooms by Hartwig HKD is licensed CC BY-ND 2.0 

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Out Now! Updated UK Sartre Society Conference 2019 Programme

There’s now less than a month until our UK Sartre Society conference! This year we’ve got a great line-up of papers focused on de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex plus keynote speaker Dr Manon Garcia on From Abdication to Independence: Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Love as an Emancipatory Analysis. We’ll be at Maison Française d’Oxford from 13.00 on Tuesday 2 July until 18.00 on Wednesday 3 July 2019… so come and join us!

Registration closes on 25 June 2019 so if you haven’t registered yet, you can do so here.

You can also download the latest version of the programme.

 

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The Second Sex: UK Sartre Society Conference 2019 Programme & Registration Out Now!

We are delighted to announce that the UK Sartre Society annual conference 2019 on The Second Sex will take place from 13.00 on Tuesday 2 July until 18.00 on Wednesday 3 July 2019 at Maison Française d’Oxford.

Don’t forget to register for the conference before 25 June 2019. Registration includes lunch on the second day and refreshments on both days.

Registration costs are different for members and non-members. Members of the North American Sartre Society and subscribers to Sartre Studies International count as members. To join the UK Sartre Society or subscribe to the journal, see: https://uksartresociety.com/join/

Accommodation is not included. For accommodation, we recommend St Hugh’s College or Keble College booked through: http://bit.ly/CollegeRooms
Submitted papers will be presented in two parallel streams of sessions. Full Schedule and Abstracts of Parallel Session Papers will be available by the end of May.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Manon Garcia
Harvard Society of Fellows

Selected Papers

Beauvoir and Classical Antiquity
Meryl Altman
DePauw University

The Second Sex and the Uses of Wit
Claudia Bouliane
University of Ottawa

Jordan Peterson: An Existentialist Response
Conall Cash
Cornell University / Paris X Nanterre

Throwing Like a Girl: Rethinking Body and Sexual Difference in the Age of Postfeminism
Sonjeong Cho
Seoul National University

Freedom Between What Is and What Should Be: The Relational Notion of Transcendence in Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex
Katja iigoj
Justis Liebig University

The Way To a Sane Love? Beauvoir’s Loving Woman and Love as a Structuring Social Passion
Claudia De Campos
Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po)

Writing in Refuge, Refuge in Writing: Spaces of and Spaces for Arendtian Activism
Michael Deckard and Jordon Makant
Lenoir-Rhyne University

The Woman’s Body in The Second Sex as the Sartrean Third Ontological Dimension of Corporeality.
Marika Della Sciucca
University of Rome 3

Mythologized Others in the All-Male Lord of the Flies
Minji Huh
Ewha Womans University

Escaping Generality and Stereotypes: A Refusal of Feminine Topoi in the First Volume of Simone de Beauvoirs The Second Sex
Phelan Hourigan
University of Victoria

Expectant Anxiety in The Second Sex
Kate Kirkpatrick
Kings College London

The Queerness of Asexuality: Who Counts as Queer and Who is Counting?
Abigail Klassen
University of Winnipeg

Towards a Phenomenological Account of Complicity
Charlotte Knowles
University of Groningen

Les Invitées/They Came to Stay: Female Characters in The Second Sex
Aude Leblond
Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3

Eros Between Feminism and Politics: Arendt and Beauvoir on Romantic Love
Liesbeth Schoonheim
Universiteit van Amsterdam

What Is A Woman? The Second Sex in the Context of 20th Century Debates on Humanism
Johanna Sjöstedt
University of Gothenburg

What Kind of Situation is the Body in Beauvoir?
Alex Thinius
Universiteit van Amsterdam

Rethinking Existentialism: From Radical Freedom to Sedimentation
Jonathan Webber
Cardiff University

Performance

Selections from
Simone de Beauvoir’s Les Bouches Inutiles
directed by Antonia Mappin-Kasirer (Oxford)

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UK Sartre Society 2019 CFP: Now Accepting Submissions!

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We’re pleased to announce that the 2019 conference of the UK Sartre Society will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir’s hugely influential work The Second Sex.

The conference will be held at the Maison Française d’Oxford on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd July.

Our keynote speaker is Dr Manon Garcia of the University of Chicago, author of the highly acclaimed new book On ne naît pas soumise, on le devient (Flammarion, 2018).

Call For Abstracts

We invite abstracts for papers on any question relating to The Second Sex, especially its reception and influence across the academic disciplines and in public life, its relation to Beauvoir’s life and other works, its relation to other works of existentialism, and the contributions that a renewed attention to this classic work can make to philosophical, ethical, social, and political debates today.

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. Please bear in mind that each selected paper will be scheduled 30 minutes for presentation plus some time for questions.

All talks at the conference will be presented in English, so abstracts should also be in English.

Abstracts must be submitted through our new online submission system. This is a simple text system, so abstracts cannot include bold, italics, or footnotes. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, so should not include any information that would identify their authors.

The submission system is now open: https://goo.gl/forms/bw2rW3HzvDoSMaB63 and will close at the end of Friday 15 March 2018. We hope to announce the selected papers by the end of March.

Picture credit: Simone de Beauvoir is by aeneastudio and licensed CC BY 4.0 2.0  

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UK Sartre Society 2019 CFP Out Now!

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We’re pleased to announce that the 2019 conference of the UK Sartre Society will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir’s hugely influential work The Second Sex.

The conference will be held at the Maison Française d’Oxford on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd July.

Our keynote speaker is Dr Manon Garcia of the University of Chicago, author of the highly acclaimed new book On ne naît pas soumise, on le devient (Flammarion, 2018).

Call For Abstracts

We invite abstracts for papers on any question relating to The Second Sex, especially its reception and influence across the academic disciplines and in public life, its relation to Beauvoir’s life and other works, its relation to other works of existentialism, and the contributions that a renewed attention to this classic work can make to philosophical, ethical, social, and political debates today.

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. Please bear in mind that each selected paper will be scheduled 30 minutes for presentation plus some time for questions.

All talks at the conference will be presented in English, so abstracts should also be in English.

Abstracts must be submitted through our new online submission system. This is a simple text system, so abstracts cannot include bold, italics, or footnotes. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, so should not include any information that would identify their authors.

The submission system will open on Friday 1st March and close at the end of Friday 15th March. We hope to announce the selected papers by the end of March.

The submission system will be available through our website: https://uksartresociety.com/

Picture credit: Simone de Beauvoir is by aeneastudio and licensed CC BY 4.0 2.0  

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NASS 2019 / Diverse Lineages of Existentialism II CFP

The North American Sartre Society (NASS) invites abstract submissions by the end of January 2019 for this year’s conference, to be held in conjunction with the second Diverse Lineages of Existentialism meeting in Washington D.C. in early June.

“The 25th meeting of the North American Sartre Society (NASS) will be held as part of the 2019 Diverse Lineages of Existentialism II (DLE II) meeting, taking place in Washington, D.C. June 3- 5, 2019 at George Washington University.

We invite panels and papers that “diversify our understanding of what existentialism has been and can be,” and encourage submissions related to the theme of “Diversity and Existentialism.” We encourage participants to reflect on motifs such as: the intertextual connections between Sartre and other existentialists such as Beauvoir, Fanon, and/or Merleau-Ponty; the diversity of existential philosophers today, whether racial, gender, ethnic, cultural, religious or other; and the diversity of approaches under the umbrella of existentialism, including philosophical, literary, sociological, historical, and creative perspectives. Presentations in all areas of Sartre Studies are encouraged.

Deadline: We invite abstracts of 300-500 words. Proposals for papers (reading time 20 minutes) or panels may be submitted in English, French or Spanish. Submission deadline is January 31st, 2019. To submit an abstract, click here

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Call for contributions: Earthly Engagements: Reading Sartre after the Holocene

Call for contributions

EARTHLY ENGAGEMENTS: READING SARTRE AFTER THE HOLOCENE

Edited by Matthew C. Ally  (City University of New York/BMCC) & Damon Boria (Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University)

We are soliciting contributions for a volume that will help rectify the to-date rare confluence between Sartre scholarship and the planetary socioecological crisis that is bringing about the end of the Holocene Epoch and ushering in a new epoch that geologists and earth system scientists have named the Anthropocene. Given a growing number of journal articles on the environmental dimensions and implications of Sartre’s philosophy, the publication of Matthew Ally’s Ecology and Existence: Bringing Sartre to the Water’s Edge, and a notable resurgence of interest in Sartre’s thought outside the Sartre scholarship community, the time is ripe for such a volume.

The central aim of the volume is to show how Sartre’s thought, within the multiple domains of his interest—philosophy, ethics, literature, psychology, politics, history, biography—provides uniquely valuable methodological and substantive resources, tools both heuristic and critical, to aid us in theorizing the Holocene-Anthropocene transition, and in developing our practical responses to the intermingled crises of planetary ecological degradation (climate disruption, biodiversity loss, deforestation, land-use change, ocean acidification, etc.) and global social disarray (wealth inequality, resource-driven conflict, population displacements and other environmental injustices, etc.). In keeping with Sartre’s orientation toward both intelligibility and engagement, contributions should aim, ideally, to advance both our understanding of and interventions in the great socioecological crisis of our time, and in ways that only insightful readers of Sartre are able to do.

The editors have secured ten contributions, from both established and emerging Sartre scholars. The first chapter of the volume will be a reprint of William L. McBride’s little-known 1991 essay, “Sartre and Problems in the Philosophy of Ecology,” with a “thirty-year update” written by McBride. Ronald Aronson will write a Forward. We are seeking roughly ten more contributions.

We encourage articles in connection to any and all dimensions of Sartre’s oeuvre and to Sartrean thought more generally, and are especially interested in connections to phenomenology, dialectics, literature and literary criticism, existential psychology, black existentialism, feminism, and post-colonial theory.

To submit for consideration, please send a working title and abstract (300-500 words), including an institutional affiliation (if any) and a brief author bio (50-75 words), to mally [at] bmcc.cuny.edu and damon.boria [at] franu.edu.

The deadline for abstracts is 15 October 2018. Completed drafts (3,000-7,000 words) for accepted contributions will be due in spring/summer of 2019.

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