As announced a few months back, the theme of next year’s July 2020 conference will be Imagination and the Imaginary. Professor 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.