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(After) After Existentialism: UK Sartre Society Conference 2017

This year’s conference — After Existentialism, with keynote speaker Professor Christina Howells — was our first with parallel sessions. This meant a total of 13 talks (yes, I know that’s an odd number) before the keynote and a lot of difficult decisions for delegates.
I was very impressed with the ones I heard — two on existentialism and psychotherapy, two on the construction of gender, two on authenticity and inauthenticity, and one on the phenomenology of reading, finishing with an excellent keynote address arguing that Peter Sloterdijk’s superficially existentialist philosophy is, on closer consideration, profoundly anti-Sartrean.

We are very grateful to Maison Française d’Oxford for the use of their excellent building and for providing such great coffee, and to their regular caterers for a superb lunch. We were lucky with the weather, so the beautiful garden was a bonus. We hope to return to this venue in future years.

Jon Webber, President of UK Sartre Society 

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One week to go! UK Sartre Society Conference 2017

We’ve an all star line up for this year’s UK Sartre Society conference and it’s now just over one week to go! After Existentialism will take place on Tuesday 18 July 2017 in Oxford, UK and we’re delighted that Christina Howells is able to join us as our keynote speaker.

A slightly revised timetable for the conference is now available.

You can review the conference abstracts here. 

 

Look forward to seeing you in Oxford!

 

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Full line-up for UKSS 2017 After Existentialism Conference

We’re excited to announce the full, provisional line-up for this year’s UK Sartre Society (UKSS) conference taking place in Oxford, UK on Tuesday 18 July 2017. If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to book your place now!

UKSS2017-schedule-2

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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 http://www.flickr.com/people/69061470@N05 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/government_press_office/6470403371/, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37461801 and de Beauvoir by MILNER MOSHE [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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After Existentialism: UKSS 2017 CFP

Mark the date and get your thinking caps on… the UK Sartre Society 2017 call for papers is out now! The 2017 conference topic is After Existentialism and the conference will be held at Maison Française d’Oxford, Oxford, UK on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

The conference keynote is Professor Christina Howells (Oxford).  Christina is author of Mortal Subjects: Passions of the Soul in Late Twentieth-Century French Thought (2011), Derrida: Deconstruction from Phenomenology to Ethics (1998), and Sartre: The Necessity of Freedom (1988), editor of French Women Philosophers: A Contemporary Reader (2004) and The Cambridge Companion to Sartre (1992), and coeditor of Stiegler and Technics (2013).

Call For Abstracts 

How have the central ideas of Beauvoir and Sartre been taken up, modified, and extended in subsequent philosophical and theoretical writings? To what extent can major works of philosophy and theory published from the immediate post-war period up to the present day be understood as continuations of existentialist ideas, despite perhaps being framed in opposition to existentialism or expounded entirely without reference to existentialism? And how might new readings of French existentialist works help to refine the ideas in these more recent works and to resolve problems that can be raised in objection to them?

We invite abstracts of papers addressing these questions in relation to phenomenology and philosophical psychology, moral and political philosophy, feminism and race theory, literary and aesthetic theory, and any other strands of French 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 should be fully prepared for anonymous review and emailed as Word document attachments to: uksartresocietyconference [at] gmail.com

The closing date for submissions is 31st January 2017.

 

Picture credit: Sartre by http://www.flickr.com/people/69061470@N05http://www.flickr.com/photos/government_press_office/6470403371/, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37461801 and de Beauvoir by MILNER MOSHE [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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Existentialism & The Body: Recordings Out Now!

As many of you are aware we try to openly license and share on YouTube as many recordings of conference sessions as possible. I’m pleased to announce that recordings from this year’s conference are now available! Unfortunately due to technical issues we weren’t able to capture all sessions but the excellent papers captured here reflect what was an great conference.

And of course don’t forget to check out recordings of previous conferences and other playlists that we’ve put together for your viewing pleasure… as always, feedback welcome!

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Existentialism & the Body: 1 July 2016

A big thanks to everyone who participated in Friday’s conference – we had a great day with excellent papers and no shortage of discussion!

Recordings of selected papers will be available shortly. In the meantime, here are some pictures from the event for your perusal…

 

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