August 8, 2017 · 8:12 pm
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
October 29, 2016 · 1:08 pm
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.
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