Out now! Winter 2016 Sartre Studies International

Relax over the holidays and catch up on all the latest Sartre scholarship! Hot off the press is Winter 2016 (Volume 22, No 2) of Sartre Studies International. The issue features the following papers and book reviews:

Editors’ Introduction

Sartre, Lacan, and the Ethics of Psychoanalysis: A Defense of Lacanian Responsibility
Blake Scott

What Would I Do with Lacan Today? Thoughts on Sartre, Lacan, and Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Betty Cannon

Sartre face à la liberté du chien
Baya Messaoudi

Sartre on Mental Imagery
Noel N. Sauer

Organized Freedom and Progressive Reflection
Cameron Bassiri

Book Reviews

Thomas R. Flynn, Sartre: A Philosophical Biography
Review by Matthew C. Eshleman

Steven Churchill and Jack Reynolds, eds., Jean-Paul Sartre: Key Concepts
Review by Eric Hamm

Benedict O’Donohoe, ed., Severally Seeking Sartre
Review by Eric Hamm

Sofia Miguens, Gerhard Preyer, and Clara Bravo Morando, eds., Pre-Reflective Consciousness: Sartre and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind
Review by Curtis Sommerlatte

Sarah Bakewell, At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails
Review by Adrian van den Hoven

Dan Williams, Klein, Sartre and Imagination in the Films of Ingmar Bergman
Review by Adrian van den Hoven

Mark Hulliung, Sartre and Clio: Encounters with History
Review by Michael Lejman

Kris Sealey, Moments of Disruption: Levinas, Sartre, and the Question of Transcendence
Review by Diane Perpich                                                                                       


So don’t delay, head on over to Berghahn Journals and check it out!


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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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NASS 2016 Conference Programme out now!

If you are fortunate enough to be based Stateside then you’ll probably be aware that it’s only a couple of weeks now until the 22nd North American Sartre Society (NASS) conference hosted at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)!

From 4-6 November UNCW will play host to scholars from around the world to discuss numerous facets of Sartre’s work. There’s a whole host of great sessions … from the roundtable discussion “It is right to rebel” on Sunday, to not one but TWO sessions dedicated to different facets of Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason. Not to mention Literature as Praxis and four separate sessions on different aspects of Sartre’s political thought. And if that wasn’t enough there is also Sarah Bakewell who is Saturday’s keynote with How to stop worrying and enjoy Sartre!

Needless to say, don’t miss it! You can check out the programme here or find out more about the conference. And of course, don’t forget to register!

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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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Paul Wallace

Paul Wallace

We are very sad to announce that one of our committee members, Paul Wallace, passed away on 8th June.

Paul was one of our longest serving and most loyal members. He combined his impressive knowledge and infectious enthusiasm about all aspects of the works of Sartre and Beauvoir with a friendliness and generosity of spirit that made him a great participant at our conferences.

Paul’s contributions to the field, through his own conference presentations, his responses to other people’s talks, and his work on the committee have been highly valuable. We shall certainly miss him.

This year’s conference is dedicated to Paul’s memory.

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Agenda for UK Sartre Society conference 2016 out now!

If you’re still thinking about joining us on 1 July in Oxford for our annual conference (this year our theme is Existentialism and the Body) there’s still time to grab a ticket! We’ve got a great line-up of speakers, including Katherine Morris (Oxford) as our keynote, so to help you make the call, here’s the provisional running order for the day:

Coffee and registration


The Dialectics of (In)visibility and the Lived Experience of Race, Danielle Petherbridge (Columbia and UCD)


The Ageing Body, Kathleen Lennon (Hull)


Violence and Generosity: Meeting the Other’s Body in Cahiers pour une Morale, Maria Russo (San Raffaele, Milan)



Women’s Bodies and Consent to Submission in Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, Manon Garcia (Panthéon-Sorbonne and Tufts)


‘It’s All Part of Growing Up’: Beauvoirian Bodies and Intrusion, Fiona Vera Gray (Durham)



What You Think (About Sartre’s Approach to the Philosophy of Mind) is What You Get, Matthew Eshleman (UNC Wilmington)

4.15-5.30 Keynote Address

Living Bodies, Katherine Morris (Oxford)

Book your place!

Download a copy of the schedule!

We look forward to seeing old and new friends alike next Friday in Oxford – safe travels!

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