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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 (University of Hull), author of Imagination and the Imaginary (Routledge, 2015), coauthor of The World, The Flesh and the Subject (Edinburgh University Press, 2005) and Theorizing Gender (Polity, 2002), and editor of Knowing the Difference: Feminist Perspectives in Epistemology (Routledge, 1994) will be our keynote speaker.

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 (University of Hull), author of Imagination and the Imaginary (Routledge, 2015), coauthor of The World, The Flesh and the Subject (Edinburgh University Press, 2005) and Theorizing Gender (Polity, 2002), and editor of Knowing the Difference: Feminist Perspectives in Epistemology (Routledge, 1994).

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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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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Register Now! Existentialism & Political Thought (5-6 July 2018, Oxford, UK)

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Register now for this year’s UK Sartre Society conference taking place from 5-6 July 2018 at Maison française d’Oxford!

The conference will begin at 1pm on Thursday 5th July and end at 5pm on Friday 6th July. Submitted papers will be presented in two parallel streams of sessions. Registration costs between £10 and £40 and includes lunch on the Friday and refreshments on both days.

Accommodation is not included. For accommodation, we recommend St Hugh’s College or Keble College booked through: http://bit.ly/CollegeRooms

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

Registration is at: https://2018ukss.bpt.me

Download a copy of the schedule!

Keynote Address

Simone de Beauvoir and the New Materialisms: Questioning the Posthuman Turn
– Sonia Kruks (Oberlin College)

Submitted Papers

Authenticité, Égalité, Fraternité? Existentialism, Charlie, and the Politics of Crisis
– Elizabeth Benjamin (Coventry University)

Frantz Fanon, Misrecognition and Social Justice
– Louis Blond (University of Cape Town)

Sartres guerre fantôme: A Kafkaesque Subtext in the Postwar Writings
– Jo Bogaerts (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Why Ecofeminists Should (Also) Be Ecophenomenologists
– Robert Booth (University of Liverpool)

Human Being is Freedom: Why Sartre Couldnt Be a Neoliberal Thinker
– Marta Agata Chojnacka (Nicolaus Copernicus University)

A History without Shadows
– Duane H. Davis (University of North Carolina at Asheville)

Christian Existentialism and Political Thought: Freedom and Transcendence
– Dries Deweer (Tilburg University)

Using Sartre to Identify Pseudo-Political Action in the Age of Social Media
– Mary Edwards (Cardiff University)

Beauvoir, Sartre and the Implications of Social Ontology for Politics: Could Sartre have been a Free Market Capitalist?
– Matt Eshleman (University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Situating Womens Experiences of Pornography
– Fiona Vera Gray (Durham University)

The Existential Turn in Recent Global Political Thought
– T Storm Heter (East Stroudsburg University of PA)

Sartre on Human Arbitrariness
– Peter Hulme (Birkbeck, University of London)

Simone de Beauvoir and The Politics of Biography
– Kate Kirkpatrick (University of Hertfordshire)

Beauvoir, Freedom and Complicity: An Analysis of the #MeToo Backlash
– Charlotte Knowles (University of Groningen)

Learning from Fanons Lived Philosophy
– Rafe McGregor (Leeds Trinity University)

Politics of Privilege: Can we Read Beauvoir and Black Feminism?
– Emma McNicol (Monash University)

Merleau-Ponty, Existential Phenomenology, and Transgender Body Politics
– Jingchao Ma (Villanova University)

Camus’ Artistic Sensibility and the Grey Zone of Violent Resistance
– Masa Mrovlje (University of Edinburgh)

Does the City of Ends Correspond to a Classless Society? A New Idea of Democracy in Sartres Hope Now
– Maria Russo (San Raffaele University)

Rethinking Authenticity: Sartre and Taylor in Dialogue
– Kyle Shuttleworth (Queens University Belfast)

The Imaginary Gaze: A Re-Reading of Sartres Challenge to White Supremacy
– Betty Jean Stoneman (Emory University)

Beauvoir and Fanon on the Vicissitudes of Recognition: Politicizing Hegel in Post-war France
– Mariana Teixeira (Brazilian Centre for Analysis and Planning)

Registration is at: https://2018ukss.bpt.me

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CFP: Existentialism & Political Thought (UKSS 2018)

We’re pleased to announce that our call for papers for this year’s UK Sartre Society conference is now open! The focus of this year’s conference is Existentialism and Political Thought. We’ll be back at the fantastic Maison Française d’Oxford on Friday 6th July.

Our keynote speaker this year is Professor Sonia Kruks (Oberlin), author of Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity (Oxford UniversityPress, 2012), Retrieving Experience: Subjectivity and Recognition in Feminist Politics (Cornell University Press, 2001), The Political Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty (Harvester, 1981), and numerous landmark papers on the existential and political philosophies of Beauvoir, Fanon, Marcel, Merleau-Ponty, and Sartre.

Call For Abstracts 

What can today’s political debates learn from a renewed attention to the classic works of French existentialism? In what ways should current political theory be informed by the literary and theoretical works of Beauvoir, Fanon, Sartre, and other existentialist writers? How well do those works stand up to critical political scrutiny today?

We invite abstracts of papers addressing these questions or any other aspect of the connection between political thought and existentialism.

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.

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 Thursday 1st March and close at 5pm GMT on Friday 16th March 23 March 2018 (Note revised submission deadline!) You can submit your abstracts here: https://goo.gl/forms/MSSUMxQ26nIjqkBh1
This blog post was updated on 14 March 2018

 

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