UKSS 2017 After Existentialism: Programme Out Now!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a paper for this year’s UK Sartre Society conference After Existentialism. As always the quality and range of submissions were extremely high.

We are very pleased to announce the programme for this year’s conference which will take place on Tuesday 18 July 2017 at Maison Française, Oxford from 9.00-17.00. Our keynote is Professor Christina Howells (Oxford).

Registration is now open. We look forward to seeing you in Oxford in July!

Submitted Papers

The Second Sex: from idealism to materialism and back
Katja Čičigoj (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen)

Mindfulness after Existentialism – Through the Mind’s Eye
Ruth Kitchen (EHESS Paris)

Seriality and the Crisis of Democracy. Taking Sartre into Democratic Theory
Matthias Lievens (KU Leuven)

The Body is a Situation: Beauvoir outside the Sex-Gender Distinction
Emma Jane McNicol (Monash)

The Existential Subject and Freedom in Learning: a Dialogue with Sartre
Miranda Matthews (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Sartre’s Theory of the Author-Reader Relationship
Marieke Mueller (University of Paris Nanterre)

The Critique of Presence: Sartre’s Influence on Derrida
Gavin Rae (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Sartre’s Existential Agnotology: Toward an Ethics of Ignorance
Blake Scott (University of Windsor)

Untenable Positions: Existentialism and the Case against the Unconscious Mind
Ian Scrannage (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College)

Alain Badiou: A Student of Sartre
Chingshun Sheu (National Taiwan University)

Authenticity: A Meaningful Ethic
Kyle Shuttleworth (Queens University Belfast)

Existentialism and Political Failure: Lessons for Today
Michael Sigrist (George Washington University)

Sartre’s Conceptions of Agency and Its Value for the Philosophy of History
Sina Talachian (Kings College London)

Inauthenticity and Violence: The Case of Antisemitism
Dror Yinon (Bar-Ilan University)

How can I register? 

Registration includes lunch and refreshments. Registration is online only and the deadline for registering your participation is Friday 30 June 2017 at 17.00BST. 

Standard registration: £40.
UK Sartre Society members and Sartre Studies International subscribers: £30.
Students and unwaged registrants who are not members or subscribers: £30.
Students and unwaged registrants who are members or subscribers: £20.

What about overnight accommodation? 

Unfortunately we are not able to organise accommodation. One good way to stay in Oxford is to stay in an Oxford college. Keble is closest to the venue. Mansfield and Magdalen are also nearby. You can book rooms via University Rooms Oxford.


Picture credits: Paris – St-Germain-des-Prés: Café de Flore by Wally Gobetz is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, Sartre by –, CC BY 3.0, and de Beauvoir by MILNER MOSHE [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons


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