CFP: Foucault Circle

The eleventh annual meeting of the Foucault Circle at the Banff Centre
Banff, Alberta, Canada – March 25-27, 2011

(hosted by the University of Alberta at Edmonton)

Papers on any aspect of Foucault’s work, and studies, critiques, and applications of Foucauldian thinking, are all welcome. We will aim for a diversity of topics and perspectives in the program selection. Please send a 1-2 page ABSTRACT of the paper, by e-mail.

Abstracts should be submitted to the program committee chair: Corey McCall (
on or before Friday, November 19, 2010. Please indicate “Foucault Circle submission” in the subject heading, and include the abstract as a “.doc” attachment to your message. Program decisions will be announced in mid-December.

The meetings typically begin with an informal welcoming reception on Friday evening.
There will be morning and afternoon paper sessions on Saturday, followed by dinner and a business meeting. The conference will conclude with paper sessions on Sunday morning. Each speaker will have approximately 35 minutes for paper presentation and discussion combined—papers should be a maximum of 3000 words (15-20 minutes, preferably 15).

Logistical information about lodging, transportation, and other arrangements will
be available after the program has been announced.

For more information about the Foucault Circle, please see our website:

Here’s a PDF with info if you want to spread the word.

A Boring CFP Post: North American Levinas Society

Sixth Annual Conference and Meeting
“Celebrating Totality and Infinity at 50”
May 1-3, 2011 | Texas A&M University

Call for Papers

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Totality and Infinity, the North American Levinas Society invites submissions of individual paper and panel proposals for our sixth annual meeting and conference, hosted by Texas A&M University, to be held May 1-3, 2011. We are especially interested in organizing the conference around considerations of Totality and Infinity, with regard to both its historical framework and relevant contemporary readings and questions that the work continues to engender. Although preference will be given to papers that address the conference theme, papers and panels on any topic related to Levinas will be considered. Continue reading

CFP: Rewriting Lyotard Conference, University of Alberta February 11-13, 2011

The last few years have seen a resurgence in scholarship on Jean-François Lyotard, including a series of recent and on-going translations of his work into English (Enthusiasm, Discourse, Fig- ure), the bi-lingual five-volume Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists, and a number of re- cent publications of essays on his work in both French and English (Minima Memoria, Gender After Lyotard, Les Transformateurs Lyotard, and the collection in French entitled simply Lyo- tard). With this conference, we aim to further this interest and foster its development by bringing together the disparate community of scholars working on various facets of Lyotard’s thought. Writers and artists interested in Lyotard’s philosophy are also welcome.

In “Rewriting Modernity”, Lyotard takes up the notion of “rewriting” as a way of avoiding the periodization inherent in the term “postmodern”. He links the act of re-writing to the process of “working through” the event – including the event of reading itself. By framing this conference around the concept of re-writing, we invite scholars from various disciplines to share their work- ings-through and re-writings of Lyotard’s texts, ideas, and concepts. We thus not only seek to pay tribute to his work, but challenge and engage in dialogue with his philosophies and, as he re- peatedly invited his readers to do, explore how we might think differently, think otherwise, and think on radically new terms.

Taking as our focus the forthcoming collection of essays on Lyotard’s later writings, “Jean- François Lyotard: New Encounters”, we are particularly interested in papers addressing the “later” themes and works, but other topics on Lyotard are also welcome. Areas of interest might include, but are not limited to, aesthetics/philosophy of art, ethics, politics, gender, confession, and biography, as well as Lyotard’s relation to philosophy, the social sciences, cultural studies, art history, and psychoanalysis.

Proposals for papers, panels, workshops, roundtables or seminars should be submitted no later than October 15 2010. In your proposal, please include full contact details (i.e. name, email, in- stitutional affiliation and university address). Submissions and inquiries should be sent to

CFP: Theory Reading Group

[Passing some information along]

The Theory Reading Group at Cornell University invites submissions for its sixth annual interdisciplinary spring conference:

Form and Genesis

Featuring keynote speakers Adrian Johnston (University of New Mexico) and Robert Kaufman (University of California, Berkeley)

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
April 22-24, 2010

Increasingly it seems that contemporary thought is confronted with two ways of explaining its objects. On the one hand, a formal approach seeks to analyze the necessary structures or defining qualities that make something what it is. On the other hand, a genetic or historical method aims to uncover the forces that give rise to form or structure in the first place. Do these modes of explanation disqualify one another, or are there compelling prospects for their integration? For example, is it possible to understand how thought or rationality can grasp its own determining processes? Or, on the contrary, is thought structurally unable to access a domain that is by nature exterior to reason, sense, or order?

Broadly understood, the formal approach tends to seek logical explanations, while the genetic approach looks to materialist or genealogical accounts. The relation between these two orders of explanation has wide implications. What is the connection between logical or normative form and its temporal, material, or historical genesis? Conversely, what might an analysis of the structure of genealogy or critique tell us about the latter? Does the political critique of form as an arbitrary convention mitigate its powers of normativity? What is the relationship between form and history, or form and materiality in literary and aesthetic theory? What is the status of formalism, whether literary or logical-mathematical, in contemporary theory?

Suggested topics: Continue reading

CFP: Hegel Society of America

I think I’ve posted about this before, but since the deadline for submissions is approaching, I thought I’d repost this CFP:

The conference topic covers all aspects of the theme Hegel, Religion, and Politics, broadly understood. We invite papers that investigate or problematize in new ways and in new connections the intersection of religion and politics in Hegel’s philosophy. Papers that tackle the issue historically, systematically, or in connection to contemporary questions are welcome.

Submitted papers are limited to 6,000 words, formatted for blind review, and should be accompanied by an abstract (300 words.) Papers must be submitted at this length and later adjustments must remain within this limit. All papers should be in English. Although papers presented at meetings of the Hegel Society of America are usually published as a collection of essays, publication cannot be guaranteed. By submitting a paper, however, the author agrees to reserve publication for the HSA proceedings if the paper is accepted for the program, and if the program is accepted for publication.

Please send papers (electronic submissions only) to Prof. Angelica Nuzzo (Program Chair) at

Another Boring Announcement: BSA Essay Prize


The British Society of Aesthetics is running an essay prize competition, open to early-career researchers in aesthetics. The winning author will receive £500 and an opportunity to present the paper at the Society’s annual conference. The winning essay will normally be published in the British Journal of Aesthetics.

The regulations for the competition are as follows: Continue reading

CFP: “Beyond the Postmodern: Reading Late Lyotard”

Call for papers

‘Beyond the Postmodern: Reading the ‘late’ Lyotard’ edited by Heidi Bickis and Rob Shields

We invite submissions from philosophers, social and cultural theorists as well as artists and writers to be considered for an edited collection on Jean-François Lyotard’s later philosophy. Texts from this period include Lectures d’enfance (1991); The hyphen: Between Judaism and Christianity (1999 [Un trait d’union, 1993]); Soundproof Room: Malraux’s Anti-Aesthetics (2001 [Chambre Sourde: L’antiesthique de Malraux, 1993]); Signed, Malraux (1999 [Signé, Malraux, 1996]); The Confession of Augustine (2000 [La confession d’Augustin, 1998]) and La misère de la philosophie (2000).

This collection seeks to engage with Lyotard’s thought beyond the limited and misguided label of the postmodern, a label associated with the predominant influence of The postmodern condition (1984 [1979]). We wish to focus specifically on these later works that have received limited academic engagement and reflect on what Lyotard’s thought says to us ‘now’. Our goal is to develop an interdisciplinary dialogue to show the ongoing relevance of Lyotard’s thought for contemporary theoretical debates relating to (but not limited to): art and aesthetics; affect and the sensuous; time (especially around beginnings and the event); the sexual (sexual difference); infancy; ethical relations; and biography and the subject.

We invite papers that consider any of these themes in relation to the above texts or other topics that resonate with the collection’s general theme.

Confirmed contributors include: Keith Crome, Neal Curtis, Margret Grebowicz, Antony Hudek, Rachel Jones, Matthew McClennan, Matthew Pateman and James Williams.

Please send full papers with abstract and institutional affiliation and/or professional title by February 20, 2010. Please send submissions and direct inquiries to Heidi Bickis at

Heidi Bickis and Dr. Rob Shields
Department of Sociology
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2H4

Radical Philosophy Conference

Violence: Systemic, Symbolic, and Foundational
University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon
November 11th-14th, 2010

Call for Papers:
The Radical Philosophy Association Conference Program Committee invites submissions of talks, papers, workshops, roundtables discussions, posters and other kinds of conference contributions, for its ninth biennial conference, to be held at University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon on November 11-14, 2010. Continue reading

CFP: Leibniz’s Theodicy Conference (Notre Dame)

This looks interesting and well-funded (accepted papers get full expenses paid) – I used Theodicy once in my philosophy of religion seminar, mixed reactions as you can imagine.

Leibniz’s Theodicy: Context and Content — Call for Papers

We invite scholars to submit papers for presentation at the Leibniz’s Theodicy: Context and Content. This conference, held on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the publication of Leibniz’s Theodicy, aims to explore this seminal work, the only book length treatise published by Leibniz in his lifetime. The conference will explore the contents, its fit within the Leibnizian corpus, its broader historical context, and its subsequent reception and impact as well as how the views expressed fit into the larger intellectual landscape of the period as described on the main conference page. Papers on any of these philosophical, theological, and historical topics will be considered, though they must not be under publication consideration at the time of the conference.

Expenses (including travel) will be paid in full for the papers selected for presentation. Those wishing to propose entries for consideration should submit a short abstract (350 word limit) of the paper no later than March 1, 2010. Accepted papers must be completed and submitted to the organizers no later than August 15, 2010 for pre-conference web posting. Submissions and inquiries should be sent electronically to

Those wishing to participate in the conference as commentators or session chairs should notify the conference directors at Such requests should be accompanied by an attached C.V.

Kant Congress CFP Deadline Extended

Just a note for those who are interested, submission deadline extended from May 31st to September 15th:

In response to the many requests for an extension received, the deadline for the submission of papers to the organizers of the XI International Kant Congress has been postponed to15 September 2009.

All other instructions contained in the Call for Papers on the congress website remain unchanged.