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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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Imagination & The Imaginary: 14 & 15 July 2021 (Online)

Join us for this year’s UK Sartre Society Conference via Zoom! We are delighted to announce the following line-up for our conference, taking place 14 and 15 July 2021:

Keynote Address
The Feel of the Past: Sartre on Memory and Imagination
Professor Kathleen Lennon (University of Hull)

Selected Talks

Sartre and the Aesthetic Object
– Lucy Barry

Imagining the Real Hitler
– Manu Braganca

Imaginary and Conflict in Post-War French Political Thought
– Emmanuel Charreau

Sartre’s Imaginary Selves
– Mary Edwards

Imaginary Adventures
– Simon Gusman

Imagination and Niche Construction: the Evolutionary Entanglement of Sentience and the World
– Justin Leuba

Imagining the Imaginary: Visualisation in Fantastic Literature
– Srinandini Mukherjee

The Magic of Images: From Primitive Symbolism to Concrete Imagination
– Fabio Tommy Pellizzer

Translation Imagination and Imaginary
– Riccardo Raimondo

The Image of Domination: The Political Stakes of the Sartrean Theory of Imagination
– Fabio Recchia

Sartre on Baudelaire: the Dandy Imagination
– Noel Sauer

Beyond the Ability to Imagine: Finitude and the Limits of Human Imagination in Simone de Beauvoir’s L’Invitée
– Ashley Scheu

Standard registration fee is £10.

Registration is free for members of UK Sartre Society, members of North American Sartre Society, subscribers to Sartre Studies International, students, and unwaged people.

Registration is now open! https://ukss2021.bpt.me

You can also download a schedule of sessions (PDF) here: https://bit.ly/UKSS2021schedule

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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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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: http://bit.ly/CollegeRooms

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: https://uksartresociety.com/join/

Registration is at: https://2018ukss.bpt.me

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)

Registration is at: https://2018ukss.bpt.me

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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: https://goo.gl/forms/MSSUMxQ26nIjqkBh1
This blog post was updated on 14 March 2018


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