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UK Sartre Society Conference 2023 CFP out now!

The UK Sartre Society is pleased to announce that our 2023 conference will take place at the Maison Française d’Oxford on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th July.

Keynote Address:

Thinking as Performance in Sartre’s Practice of Philosophy
Professor François Noudelmann (New York University)

We invite abstracts on any aspects of the works of Beauvoir or Sartre. 

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. Please bear in mind that each selected paper will be scheduled 25 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. Please prepare your abstract in a simple text editor, then paste it into our form.

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, so should not include any information that would identify their authors.

The abstract submission system will close at midnight (UK time) on Friday 24th March.

We plan to communicate our decisions in April, then announce the line-up and open registration in early May.

Please submit your abstract here: https://bit.ly/UKSSabstracts2023

Image credit: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre in Beijing, 1955 by Liu Dongao/Xinhua. Public Domain (see also)


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UK Sartre Society Conference 2022: Register now!

We are delighted that this year’s UK Sartre Society conference will be taking place at Maison Française d’Oxford on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 July 2022. Register now!

Keynote Addresses

  • Beauvoir and the Greeks: Tragedy, Philosophy, History (Meryl Altman, DePauw University)
  • The Other of the ‘I’: Deleuze and Sartre on the Transcendental Field (Henry Somers-Hall, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Selected Presentations

  • Pictures of Parenthood and Childhood in Sartrean Existentialism (Ciro Adinolfi, Catholic Institute of Toulouse)
  • Sartre’s and Beauvoir’s Divergent Philosophies of Death (Kiki Berk, Southern New Hampshire University)
  • Reapproaching Sartre: New Developments in the Reception of Sartre’s Thinking (Alfred Betschart, independent scholar)
  • Reading Simone de Beauvoir’s Old Age in the 21st Century: Is this critical essay still relevant? (Marlene Bichet, independent scholar)
  • Ambiguity, Freedom, and Virtue: Reading Simone de Beauvoir as a Virtue Ethicist (David Collins, University of Oxford)
  • Sartre’s Theology-Proof Ontology (Matthew C. Eshleman, UNC Wilmington)
  • Thinking Shyness Through Sartre (Darren Gillies, independent scholar)
  • Old Age and the Question of Authenticity (Sonia Kruks, Oberlin College)
  • Complicity in One’s Oppression as an Ethical Fault (Filipa Melo Lopes, University of Edinburgh)
  • On “l’état cadavérique de l’âme”: Medical Discourse and the Representation of Subjectivity in Le Mur (Louise Mai, Sorbonne Université)
  • Exalting Black Thought: Jean-Paul Sartre’s Commitment to Black Existence and Black Liberation (LaRose T. Parris, Lehman College, City University of New York)
  • Lived Value and the Experiential Self: An Alternative Account of Pre-Reflective Self-Consciousness (Robin Pawlett-Howell, University of York)
  • Dismantling Fused Groups: A Sartrean Account of Political Solidarity (Maria Russo, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan & Francesco Tava, University of the West of England)
  • Writing and Reading Existentially: Sartrean Littérature Engagée as a Framework for Literary Theory and Criticism (Danielle Cervantes Stephens, San Diego State University)
  • Sartre’s Simple Indeterminism (Joshua Tepley, St Anselm College)
  • Identifying with the Reflected Object: Theoretical Relevance of the Mirror Theme in Huis clos (Simone Villani, Università degli Studi di Padova)

We will also be screening Sartre’s existential romcom ‘Les Jeux sont faits’ (with English subtitles) on the 75th anniversary (+ 2 days) of its release.

Register now!

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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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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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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!


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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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