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UK Sartre Society 2020: Imagination & The Imaginary


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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