Call for contributions: Earthly Engagements: Reading Sartre after the Holocene

Call for contributions


Edited by Matthew C. Ally  (City University of New York/BMCC) & Damon Boria (Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University)

We are soliciting contributions for a volume that will help rectify the to-date rare confluence between Sartre scholarship and the planetary socioecological crisis that is bringing about the end of the Holocene Epoch and ushering in a new epoch that geologists and earth system scientists have named the Anthropocene. Given a growing number of journal articles on the environmental dimensions and implications of Sartre’s philosophy, the publication of Matthew Ally’s Ecology and Existence: Bringing Sartre to the Water’s Edge, and a notable resurgence of interest in Sartre’s thought outside the Sartre scholarship community, the time is ripe for such a volume.

The central aim of the volume is to show how Sartre’s thought, within the multiple domains of his interest—philosophy, ethics, literature, psychology, politics, history, biography—provides uniquely valuable methodological and substantive resources, tools both heuristic and critical, to aid us in theorizing the Holocene-Anthropocene transition, and in developing our practical responses to the intermingled crises of planetary ecological degradation (climate disruption, biodiversity loss, deforestation, land-use change, ocean acidification, etc.) and global social disarray (wealth inequality, resource-driven conflict, population displacements and other environmental injustices, etc.). In keeping with Sartre’s orientation toward both intelligibility and engagement, contributions should aim, ideally, to advance both our understanding of and interventions in the great socioecological crisis of our time, and in ways that only insightful readers of Sartre are able to do.

The editors have secured ten contributions, from both established and emerging Sartre scholars. The first chapter of the volume will be a reprint of William L. McBride’s little-known 1991 essay, “Sartre and Problems in the Philosophy of Ecology,” with a “thirty-year update” written by McBride. Ronald Aronson will write a Forward. We are seeking roughly ten more contributions.

We encourage articles in connection to any and all dimensions of Sartre’s oeuvre and to Sartrean thought more generally, and are especially interested in connections to phenomenology, dialectics, literature and literary criticism, existential psychology, black existentialism, feminism, and post-colonial theory.

To submit for consideration, please send a working title and abstract (300-500 words), including an institutional affiliation (if any) and a brief author bio (50-75 words), to mally [at] and damon.boria [at]

The deadline for abstracts is 15 October 2018. Completed drafts (3,000-7,000 words) for accepted contributions will be due in spring/summer of 2019.


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


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:

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:

Registration is at:

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)

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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:
This blog post was updated on 14 March 2018


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