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Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative - Auckland - 18-19 July

2019 Interstices Under Construction Symposium

18 – 19th July 2019, Auckland, New Zealand

University of Auckland & Auckland University of Technology

By considering architecture beyond academic and aesthetic analysis, and more than a mere branch of traditional art history or a civilisation’s will to form, this symposium addresses the relation between architecture and the political. We invite papers that reflect on and analyse the disciplinary and oppressive regimes accommodated by architectures at different levels—individual, social, cultural, environmental, economic or legal. More so, in this symposium we seek to formulate the hopeful, active and productive role architecture may have in the formation of social movements and in transformations of everyday contemporary life. This symposium, then, invites papers that address the possibilities for alternatives—specifically architecture with new rationales and organisation beyond scenographic or ready-made solutions proffered in the excluding interests of market economies. Preference will be given to papers that engage with theory as a way to expand the traditional narrations of the built environment.


Spinoza and Aesthetic Concepts - WSU Parramatta South - 7 Dec

WSUWestern Sydney University and the University of Sydney are hosting a one-day conference on Spinoza and Aesthetic Concepts on Friday 7th December 2018.


Date: Friday 7th December 2018

Venue: Female Orphan School
Cnr James Ruse Dr and Victoria Rd.Parramatta South Campus

Program: Spinoza and Aesthetic Concepts Conference

Western Sydney University 
Friday, 7th December 2018

9:30am                        Conference convenes

9.45am                        Introduction: Peter Hutchings.

10.00 – 11.00am         Opening keynote – Genevieve Lloyd
                                    Spinoza: A Philosopher of the Sublime?

11.00 – 11.30am         Morning tea

11.30 – 12.30pm         Moira Gatens and Anthony Uhlmann
                                    To Be Done with Hatred: Art as a Plan for Living

12.30 – 1.30pm           Lunch

1.30 – 2.30pm             Christopher Thomas
                                    Spinoza on Music and Melancholy

2.30 – 3.30pm             Aurelia Armstrong
                                    Spinoza’s therapeutic aesthetics

3.30 – 4.00pm             Afternoon Tea

4.00 – 5.00pm             Closing keynote – Warren Montag
                                    The Power of Imagining Nonexistent Things as Being Present: Spinoza's Fictions

All welcome.

This conference is a free event.
Information about the Female Orphan School, including travel, is available here.
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The conference is a part of the ARC Discovery project Spinoza and Literature for Life: A Practical Theory of Art.

Jason Tuckwell

Writing and Society Research Group, WSU.

German Studies Association of Australia Conference - Wellington - 28-30 Nov

victoria-university-wellingtonGerman Studies Association of Australia (GSAA) International Conference

28 – 30 November 2018

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Conference languages: German and English


Victoria University of Wellington is delighted to host the international conference of the German Studies Association of Australia (GSAA) from 28-30 November 2018.

The theme for the conference is “Epochales Denken / Epochal Thinking”.  Registration is now open.

This will be the first ever GSAA conference to be held outside Australia – truly an epochal occasion! We look forward to welcoming you to Wellington in November.



Dr Richard Millington, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Diana Feick, University of Auckland


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Australian Society for French Studies Conference - UWA - 5-7 Dec

UWAASFS 2018 Conference

Join us in Perth for the ASFS 2018 Conference 5-7 December to be hosted by the University of Western Australia


Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Rodney Saint-Eloi, Haitian writer and publisher
  • Nadine Gassie, translator of the works of Tim Winton and David Malouf
  • Professor Mary Orr, Buchanan Chair of French, University of St Andrews


Organising Committee: Paul Gibbard, Hélène Jaccomard, Sabine Kuuse, Bonnie Thomas (University of Western Australia), Céline Doucet (Edith Cowan University), Sophie Patrick (University of New England)

Venue: The conference will take place in the Arts Building, centrally situated in the picturesque campus of the University of Western Australia on the Swan river. From there it is easy access to the City centre, ocean, Swan valley, wineries…

Registration: TBA. Early-bird registration will close on 5 September with full registration beginning on 6 September.

Key dates:

Deadline for papers/panels submission: 1 July 2018

Notification of acceptance: August 2018

Postgraduate Day: 4 December 2018

Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference - Monash - 28-30 Nov


Monash University, Caulfield: 28th – 30th November 2018


The Monash Postgraduate Community is pleased to announce that the 2018 Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference will be held at Monash University. It will take place at Monash’s Caulfield Campus between the 28th and 30th of November.

The Conference is an opportunity for postgraduate students in all areas of philosophy to present and develop their work in a collegial environment. Further Information, including a call for papers, will be circulated shortly.

We would like to thank the Australasian Association of Philosophy, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Faculty of Arts, and Monash Postgraduate Association for their generous support.

ASCP Annual Conference - WSU Parramatta - 21-23 Nov

The Philosophy Research Initiative at Western Sydney University is organizing this year’s conference of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy.

Where: Parramatta City Campus (Peter Shergold Building)

When: November 21-23, 2018.

On November 20, there will be Postgraduate Day followed by the official opening to the conference, a keynote address and a reception.

Keynote Speakers:

- Peg Birmingham (DePaul University)

- Walter Brogan (Villanova University)

- Gregg Lambert (Syracuse University)

- Plenary Panel on the work of Genevieve Lloyd


Please submit your papers by June 15. For more information and for submission of papers, please go to:

In order to foster the lively exchange of ideas, we encourage the submission of the proposal of papers, panels, or streams of panels on any topic in philosophy. We particularly encourage submissions in areas that have had little attention in previous ASCP conferences, such as, but not limited to, comparative philosophy, philosophy of race, ancient philosophy, and the history of philosophy, as well as to interdisciplinary connections with literature, political science, and gender studies.

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Conceptions of Life in German Idealism and Romanticism - USyd - 5-7 Dec

sydney-uniVenue: Department of Germanic Studies and Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney

Call for Papers: The Society for German Idealism and Romanticism is inviting submissions for the 2018 Annual SGIR Conference to be held at the University of Sydney (December 5-7) on the theme of "Conceptions of Life in German Idealism and Romanticism." The SGIR welcomes papers on all aspects of the the notion of "life," from its role in Hegel's Science of Logic to "natural ends" in Kant; from natural and cultural conceptions of life (e.g. qua Bildung), such as can be found in Goethe or Hölderlin's thought to Schelling's philosophy of nature. We will give preference to those papers that specifically and directly take up an account of the role that the idea of "life" plays in the thought of the Idealists and Romantics. Talk time for submitted papers will be 30 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A. As such, submissions should be 4-5,000 words. SGIR membership is required prior to paper submission. Membership is free (see homepage of the SGIR website).

The submission deadline is 1 June, 2018. Email submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The double-blind review process will conclude at the end of July and decisions will be announced in the first week of August. Graduate student submissions will be considered for the annual SGIR Graduate Paper Award.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Frederick Beiser (Syracuse University)
  • Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University) 

Invited Speakers:

  • Camilla Flodin (Uppsala University)
  • Ina Goy (University of Tübingen)
  • Jennifer Mensch (Western Sydney University) 
  • Karen Ng (Vanderbilt University)
  • Paul Redding (University of Sydney) 


  • Gerad Gentry (University of South Carolina and Yale University)
  • Cat Moir (University of Sydney)
  • Dalia Nassar (University of Sydney)


This conference is jointly hosted by the Department of Germanic Studies and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney.


PESA Annual Conference - Roturua - 7-11 Dec

pesaFire burn, and cauldron bubble: Educational possibilities brewed with place, people and philosophy

7-11 Dec 2018, Rotorua, New Zealand

The 2018 annual PESA conference is set in the city of Rotorua. In Rotorua, the elemental forces of Ruaumoko are ever-present: the air sulphurous; the history and landscape shaped by eruptions; the land constantly shifting, bubbling, and burning. In recognition of these forces that constitute Rotorua, the PESA conference theme invites participants to explore the provocations inherent in the natural world, and the creativity of human responses to the world, in attending to the past, present and future of the philosophy of education.

Important Dates

  •     3  April 2018 - Call for Abstracts Open
  •     17 July 2018 - Abstract Submissions Close
  •     1 September 2018 - Full Paper Submission Close
  •     16 September 2018 - Early Bird Registration Close
  •     8-10 December 2018 - PESA Conference

In this geothermal city we are reminded of the familiar words of the weird sisters. The witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth provide this conference theme with a literary invitation that turns to provocations of prophesises and spectres. The sisters greet Macbeth with the prophecy that he shall be king. While appealing, the prophecy is also unsettling. Macbeth is mesmerised and haunted by his imagined future and haunted by his memories of a blood-soaked past. While the future remains uncertain, the past is always on hand as a haunting reminder. What then are the spectres that haunt education? How does the philosophy of education respond to, for instance, the Spectres of Marx? Derrida’s hauntology invites many fields of investigation, from the visual arts to philosophy to politics, fiction and literary criticism. These investigations invoke new ghosts, and make possible the return of something other, at some time in the future – hence in this conference we invite new, and old prophesies of the Other.

In Macbeth we are confronted with the Other in many haunting forms. For instance Shakespeare pens a range of women’s roles unusual for a 17th century, or indeed any play in the English language – not only the witches, sources of a particular kind of knowledge, both leading and misleading, but the central figure of the ambitious, complex Lady Macbeth. 

In Rotorua the prophesising of the Other is evident in the city’s sociopolitical history. Rotorua is also an important site for early Māori-Pākehā interactions. Māori tourism began in Rotorua, and it is first city in the country to declare itself officially bilingual, in 2017. How does the idea of the Other haunt education? What prophesies might the philosophy of education take, and make?


Note: Most of the events listed on the ASCP website are not hosted by the ASCP.  Events posted here are considered to be of interest to the Australasian continental philosophy community.

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