Upcoming Events

Technology, Knowledge, Truth - Melbourne - 13-15 Dec

MSCP2014Technology, Knowledge, Truth

RMIT Melbourne
13-15 Dec 2017




Ray Brassier, Mladen Dolar, Lucca Fraser, Alison Ross, Frank Ruda, Alessandro Russo, Knox Peden, Cat Moir, Mark Kelly, Jessica Whyte, Justin Clemens, Jon Roffe, Campbell Jones, A.J. Bartlett, Sigi Jottkandt, Russell Grigg, Adam Nash, Ali Alizadeh, Janice Richardson, Robert Boncardo, Emma Wilson, & Bryan Cooke


Conference Theme

Technē is as old as human being. Like language and waste-disposal, it is inseparable from the story of anthropogenesis. If the human being is both, as Aristotle avers, a zōon politikon and a anthrōpon logos echōn, we find ourselves confronted by the question of the nature of the relationship between these distinct constants of the history of humanity: between politics and, on the one hand, purposefully directed arts (technē as poiēsis and entelecheia) and technology/prostheses on the other. Yet does there exist, as Plato asks, a properly political art? Is politics traduced or abandoned the moment it is conceived on the model of technē, as if politics had an end outside itself? The question is further complicated if we take into account another ancient distinction: the distinction between truth and knowledge so vital to philosophy and education alike. Can there be such a thing as a ‘political truth’ and, if so, what might that be? What is truth in science? Is art capable of truth? In reposing such ancient questions, we also find ourselves caught up in the modern reflections on technology, knowledge, and truth from Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt through Gilbert Simondon to Friedrich Kittler and beyond.


ASCP Annual Conference - UTas - 29 Nov - 1 Dec



Conference Program: November 29 – December 1

Pre-Conference Postgraduate Day: November 28

The 2017 conference of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy will take place at the University of Tasmania’s Sandy Bay Campus, November 29 - December 1, with a dedicated postgraduate afternoon for professional development and social activities on the 28thof November. The ASCP provides a broad intellectual forum for scholars working within, or in communication with, European philosophical traditions. Its annual conference is the largest event devoted to continental philosophy in Australasia. For the 2017 conference, we seek to challenge commonplace understandings of the boundaries of scholarship in continental philosophy, with a particular focus on the role of feminist, postcolonial and ecological thought in transforming the key questions that drive philosophical inquiry.



  • Lewis Gordon | University of Connecticut
  • Sigi Jottkandt | University of New South Wales
  • Marguerite La Caze | University of Queensland

The conference will also host a plenary session on the work of Moira Gatens.


Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy Conference - Auckland - 14-16 July

university-of-aucklandThe Annual Conference of the Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy will be hosted by the University of Auckland, Faculty of Law from Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July 2017.

The conference will feature keynote addresses by

as well as a book symposium on Jane Norton's recent book: The Freedom of Religious Organisations (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Further details about registration are available through the link below. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 May.

Ari Rosen in the Auckland Law School is the local contact person.

Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia - Newcastle - 1-5 Dec

pesa1-5 Dec 2017, Crowne Plaza, Newcastle, Australia

Submission Deadlines and Details

The PESA 2017 Organising Committee welcomes abstract submission(s) referring to the Conference theme in the first instance, or any other appropriate topics with a focus on educational philosophy and theory. Symposia are also welcomed.

Types of Submissions

Submissions may be in the form of a presentation, refereed paper, or a symposium. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Organising Committee. The Committee will allocate abstracts to the program taking into account the quality of each abstract, the balance of the program and the relevance of the paper relating to the Conference theme.

Abstract Submission Deadline – 17 July 2017


Conference Theme:

Birth, Death and Rebirth: Does philosophy of education need a new Subject?

The most significant life events can be the most educative. Joy, sorrow and hardship have transformative potential; but they can also be the undoing of the self. For the 2017 PESA conference, we invite you to explore these shaping forces in all their manifestations.

  • The educative potential of contemplating one's death in recognition of its transformative force.
  • The educative potential of being a witness to birthing, to death, the rituals of celebration, of mourning and the different ways these play out in indigenous, Eastern and Western cultures. There are also strong elements of symbolic death and rebirth in ritualized initiations and coming-of-age.
  • The educational repercussions of genocide and the violent histories of colonization.
  • Engagement with the post-humanism movement which brings into question the nature of life, death, materiality and the educative subject.
  • The potential roles of educational systems and educators in the face of mass species decline and the death of the biosphere.
  • The moral dilemmas associated with teaching about death or the suffering of others and the educational risks and benefits of greater conscientization, compassion fatigue or ethical desensitization.
  • Projections of educational futures looking towards the horizon of life and living in the increasingly digital world particularly the possibility of everlasting life through our digital footprint and the avatars we create, and delete.
  • Reflecting on the impending loss of disciplinary knowledge in philosophy of education, consider the implications for intergenerational learning, the future of the discipline, the life and death of theories, new interdisciplinarities in our work and our students’ work.


The conference is situated on the Country of the Pambalong clan of the Awabakal Nation. These peoples live/d on the site of the University of Newcastle, and in recognition of this established Wollotuka, our indigenous centre. Please see the Call for Papers from the PESA Indigenous Philosophy Group.

AAL Conference - Griffith Uni Gold Coast - 17-19 July

The Call for Papers is available to view here.

AAL’s annual conference for 2017, Literary Environments: Place, Planet and Translation, will be held at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus on the 17th to 19th July, 2017.

This year’s conference organisers, Peter Denney and Stuart Cooke, have assembled a stellar line-up of keynotes for the conference:

  • Ursula Heise (UCLA)
  • Alan Bewell (University of Toronto)
  • Stephen Muecke (UNSW)
  • Jerome Rothenberg (UC San Diego)

Literary Environments is concerned with the different environments in which literature can occur, and our methods of translating between them. At this critical juncture in the Anthropocene, planetary responsibility and situated knowledges need to be entwined in propositions for social and environmental justice. Bodies, texts and artworks are converging in old and new forms of politics and earthly accountabilities. The task of translation between these increasingly interconnected modes of existence is a crucial one: life in all of its manifestations – from DNA to forests – has textual qualities. What does it mean to ‘read’ such a staggering variety of data?
We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels addressing any aspect of literature and the environment, including:

Zoopoetics, animal art and critical animal studies
Indigenous literatures from around the world and their transcultural relation
Literature of the Anthropocene, including cli-fi and other responses to climate change
Local, urban, and global ecological imaginaries
Indigenous ecologies and knowledges
Ecological ethics and law
Environmental attitudes in pre-Romantic writing
Romantic and anti-Romantic environmental sensibilities
Literary translation
Posthumanism, new materialism and dark ecologies
Intersections of aesthetic, political and scientific treatments of environmental issues

While this conference is primarily concerned with literature, we envisage it as a multi-disciplinary event. We invite papers on any aspect of the environmental humanities, from environmental history to environmental philosophy. We also welcome papers addressing literary environments that are not ecological in orientation, such as studies of literary spaces, communities, and so on.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers and panels comprising 3 x papers.  Please submit an abstract of 200 words (maximum) and a brief bio as PDF documents to the following email address by 15 March 2017:
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Accepted papers will be announced by 1 April 2017.
Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

For inquiries about the conference, please email one of the conference convenors:
Dr Stuart Cooke
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Dr Peter Denney
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Cultural Studies Association of Australasia - Massey - 6-8 Dec

Massey University logo2017 CSAA Conference: ‘Cultures of Capitalism’

December 6-8 2017
Massey University, Wellington Campus
Aotearoa/New Zealand
Keynote Speakers: Professor Patricia Hill Collins (University of Maryland), Professor Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Professor Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London), Professor Wendy Larner (University of Victoria, Wellington).
Culture is increasingly positioned in economic and political discourse as the solution for ailing communities, industries, and cities. In a global environment riven by climate change, war, and migrations, we are told that communities with the right culture will adapt and sustain while others will be left behind. Labour and manufacturing have undergone radical shifts due to post-industrialisation, with knowledge economy paradigms creating new cultures of work and working identities. Culture is also increasingly valourised in urban planning and municipal infrastructure as key to revitalising city economies through creativity and social participation. Transformations in labour and its value are also linked to the reification of racialised, sexualized, and classed populations and their management through technologies of capital. How labour is valued contributes to an affective economy of precarity and risk that is differentially distributed throughout society.
The 2017 Cultural Studies Association of Australasia conference will focus on the work that cultures do in constructing, contesting, and constituting capitalism. We seek to critically examine the role of culture in both enabling and articulating new capitalist formations. While culture has been situated as the opiate through which economic dominance is propagated (for instance in the culture industries critique), new capitalist formations indicate the multiple and heterogeneous ways in which culture/s can mediate contemporary economic conditions. In doing so, we seek to return to one of the key concerns of early cultural studies: to make sense of the mutually-determining relation between culture and its capitalist context. If, following Stuart Hall, we understand ‘culture’ as the production of meaning through language and representation, what are the modes of communication through which capitalism/s are created? How are capitalism/s materialised in different spaces? How is it embodied in different identities and communities? What is the role of economy in shaping the possibilities for culture? What is the role of Cultural Studies as critical praxis in the present economic time?

Papers are invited to address, but are not limited to, the following themes:
.         The cultural politics of neoliberalism
·         Precarious and/or immaterial labour
·         Digital capitalism
·         Capitalist affects
·         Trump, Brexit and the resurgence of capitalist nationalisms
·         Capitalism, culture and technology
·         The cultural and creative industries
·         Capitalism, culture and sustainability
·         Cultures of surveillance and war
·         Cultural identity and globalisation
·         Cultural resistance and activism
·         Productive and unproductive cultures
·         Base, superstructure and mediation
·         Formal and real subsumption of culture
·         Representations of capitalism, class and markets
·         Political economies of online, digital and social media
·         Anticapitalist, Socialist, Anarchist and Communist cultures
·         Racial capitalism
·         Critical theory, Cultural Marxism and Cultural Studies

The conference also accepts papers that fall within the general disciplinary area of Cultural Studies.

If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please send a 250 word abstract with your name, e-mail address and affiliation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 1 2017. Any other enquires regarding the event should also be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Organising Committee: Nicholas Holm (Massey University), Sy Taffel (Massey University), Holly Randell-Moon (University of Otago)

Australian Society for French Studies Conference - ANU - 13-15 Dec

ANUAustralian Society for French Studies Conference 2017
Truth and Representation

The Australian National University, 13-15 December

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Nicki Hitchcott, University of St Andrews
Dr Chris Watkin, Monash University

What is truth and how do we represent it? For centuries philosophers, artists, theologians, and political thinkers have reflected on the nature of truth, each exploring the various rhetorical and visual strategies with which we might render its universality and its relativity. When we talk about truth, we call upon objectivity, authenticity, and verifiability. But we also inevitably evoke subjectivity, artifice, and mendacity. Indeed, to talk about truth is to recognise its intimate connection to lies.

In our current political climate, terms such as ‘post-truth’ and ‘fake news’ have become ubiquitous. In the wake of Brexit and the American presidential election, and leading up to the 2017 French election, politicians and the media continually call the status of truth and representation into question. How are we to determine what truth is when facts are manipulated to reflect and reinforce the opinions we already hold? How are we to retain our grasp on reality when we see our world increasingly through the mediation of the screen? Such questions bring to mind a much broader problematic surrounding our understanding of social, cultural, and political reality in the light of myriad and ever-evolving ideologies and theoretical orientations.
This conference seeks to reflect on these questions within French and Francophone Studies. What role can our interdisciplinary research play in negotiating the problems of truth and representation in the 21st century, from cultural studies and politics to literature and film? Our aim is to address these problems from a multiplicity of methodological approaches and areas of focus.

We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes) and for panels (3-4 papers of 20 minutes each) related to the theme of truth and representation. We will also consider proposals that do not conform directly to this theme. Possible topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

Philosophical, theoretical, and historical/historiographical understandings of truth-making
Representations of Otherness
Reflections on language and the shaping of political discourse
The role of truth in education, including plagiarism and academic dishonesty in the language classroom
Film and the fluid boundaries of audio-visual representation
Embodied truths, psychic truths, lived realities
National myths and the politics of migration
Life-writing/ Representing the truth of the self
Truth and religious pluralism
Postmodernism and post-truth
Representation in (applied) linguistics and second language acquisition
Imagination, or the truth of fiction

Please send your proposal of 250 words for papers in English or French to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3 July 2017.

Organising committee: Leslie Barnes, Ashok Collins, Solène Inceoglu, and Gemma King, ANU.

Vérité et Représentation
The Australian National University, 13-15 décembre

Séances plénières confirmées:
Professor Nicki Hitchcott, University of St Andrews
Dr Chris Watkin, Monash University

Qu’est-ce la vérité et comment la représenter ? Pendant des siècles des philosophes, artistes, théologiens, et penseurs politiques ont réfléchi à la nature de la vérité, explorant de diverses stratégies visuelles et rhétoriques pour comprendre son universalité et sa relativité. Quand nous parlons de la vérité, nous évoquons l’objectivité, l’authenticité, et la vérifiabilité. Mais de façon inévitable, nous évoquons aussi la subjectivité, l’artifice, et la fausseté. En fait, parler de la vérité est reconnaître sa relation intime avec le mensonge.
Dans notre climat politique actuel, des termes tels que ‘post-vérité’ et ‘fausses nouvelles’ sont devenus omniprésents. A la suite du Brexit et l’élection présidentielle américaine, et précédant l’élection française de 2017, les politiciens et les médias remettent sans cesse en cause la vérité et la représentation. Comment définir la vérité quand nous manipulons les faits pour refléter et renforcer nos opinions établies ? Comment assurer notre connexion avec la réalité quand nous percevons le monde de plus en plus souvent à travers la médiation de l’écran ? De telles questions engendrent une problématique beaucoup plus large sur notre compréhension de la réalité sociale, culturelle, et politique au vu de toute une myriade d’idéologies et d’orientations théoriques en perpétuelle évolution.
Cette conférence vise à considérer ces questions dans le cadre des études françaises et francophones. Comment nos recherches interdisciplinaires peuvent-elles faire face aux questions de vérité et de représentation dans le XXIe siècle, soient-elles en études culturelles ou en sciences politiques, en littérature ou en cinéma ? Notre but est d’aborder ces problèmes depuis une multiplicité de perspectives et d’approches méthodologiques.
Nous invitons des propositions de communications individuelles (20 minutes) et de groupes (3-4 communications de 20 minutes chacune) autour du thème ‘vérité et représentation’. Nous considérerons aussi des interventions qui ne se conforment pas directement à ce thème. Quelques sujets possibles comprennent, mais ne se limitent pas à :

Conceptions philosophiques, théoriques, et historiques / historiographiques de la vérité
Représentations d’autrui
Réflexions sur le langage et la formation du discours politique
Le rôle de la vérité dans l’éducation, y compris le plagiat et la malhonnêteté dans les cours de langue
Cinéma et les limites fluides de la représentation audio-visuelle
Vérités incarnées, vérités psychiques, réalités vécues
Mythes nationaux et politique de migration
(Auto)biographie / Représenter la vérité du soi
Vérité et pluralisme religieux
Postmodernisme et post-vérité
Représentation dans la linguistique (appliquée) et l’acquisition des langues étrangères
Imagination, ou vérité de fiction

Veuillez envoyer des propositions de 250 mots pour des interventions en anglais ou en français à This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. avant le 3 juillet 2017.

Comité : Leslie Barnes, Ashok Collins, Solène Inceoglu, and Gemma King, ANU.

Deviant Thinking: Early Modern Philosophy and Enlightenment - USyd - 15-17 Nov

sydney-uniUniversity of Sydney, Australia
15-17 November, 2017
Organisers: Anik Waldow, Jacqueline Broad, Deborah Brown, Qu Hsueh

The Australasian Seminar in Early Modern in Philosophy (ASEMP) is a new bi-annual conference with rotating locations at universities in the Australasian region. The aim of establishing this conference series is to offer high-quality discussions of research presentations in early modern philosophy, while encouraging closer collaboration and network opportunities between Asia-Pacific and Australian universities. Each conference will have a mentoring stream that teams up PhD students and early career researchers with senior scholars to prepare conference submissions for publication.

Conference Theme 2017
Deviant Thinking: Early Modern Philosophy and the Enlightenment

What the Enlightenment stands for has been subject to much discussion in recent years, and many valuable contributions have been made that help us to understand better the significance of this period. This conference takes this discussion further by connecting up the Enlightenment with the early modern period and the “rebellious” ideas that were already formulated and passed around during this time. We seek papers that bring into focus the many challenges philosophers of the 17th and 18th century posed to established intellectual, political, religious and social norms. These challenges touch on a diverse range of topics, spanning from fundamental questions concerning the status of the human being in the natural world, and the prospect of gaining knowledge of that world, to the redefinition of sentiment and affect as defining features of the moral potential of humanity. Reflections on the foundations of the state, self-governance and the rights of individuals and groups often followed on from these questions and thereby led to a novel engagement with the conditions that structure and shape human life.

We are interested in receiving abstract submissions on the following subjects:

1.       Early modern and enlightenment ideas that in some important respects deviated from the norms established in 17th and 18th century thought.

2.       Philosophical thought that questioned or challenged ideas that are today understood as central ideals of the Enlightenment.

3.       Interpretations of early modern and enlightenment ideas/figures that deviate from standard interpretations of those ideas/figures.

We also welcome submissions (for both papers and panels) on early modern topics that fall outside the main conference theme.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts (max 800-1000 words) for conference papers (30 minutes presentation time) is 30 June, 2017. Please prepare your submission for anonymous review and add a separate cover sheet with your details.

Confirmed Speakers:

Moira Gatens (Sydney)
Stephen Gaukroger (Sydney)
Peter Anstey (Sydney)
Cecilia Lim (Singapore)
Peter Kail (Oxford)

  • Theme Panel 1: “Women, Revolution and Republicanism” (Organiser: Jacqueline Broad)
  • Theme Panel 2: “Deviant Religion” (Organiser: Qu Husueh)
  • Theme Panel 3: “Deviant Art” (Organiser: Jennifer Milam)
  • Book Panel: Deborah Brown & Calvin Normore, “Descartes Ontology of Everyday Life”


The Arts and Imagination - Adelaide - 3-6 July

July 3, 2017 - July 6, 2017

Department of Philosophy, University of Adelaide

The Arts & Imagination: the role of metaphors, tropes & images in shaping experience & guiding action

The second ArtSense workshop will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, from July 4-6, 2017, as a three day stream within the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Conference. Follow-up events will take place in Sydney, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, on July 12th&15th.

Vladimir Jankélévitch in the twenty-first century - ACU Sydney - 15-16 Feb 2018

ACUVladimir Jankélévitch in the twenty-first century

A roundtable to be held at the Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, 15-16th February 2018.

Vladimir Jankélévitch (1903-85) taught at the French Institute in Prague, the University of Toulouse and other universities and then held the chair in moral philosophy at the Sorbonne (1951-78) and published on a range of subjects, especially ethics and the virtues, musical aesthetics, death, and the work of Bergson and Schelling. Researchers of philosophy of music have long read Jankélévitch’s writing on Debussy, Fauré, and Ravel, and his passionate essay ‘Pardonner?’ published in Critical Inquiry in 1996 has provoked a range of responses. Partly inspired by Jacques Derrida’s and Emmanuel Levinas’ discussion of his work, more of Jankélévitch’s texts are being translated into English, thus garnering a wider scholarly interest in the details of his thought. The published translation of his book Forgiveness in 2005, followed by the publication of The Bad Conscience and Henri Bergson in 2015, means that a significant body of his work is available for international twenty-first century readers’ scholarly interpretation and debate, and there has been increasing academic interest in his conceptualizations and philosophical use of forgiveness, apophasis, irreversibility, resentment, repentance, and love. This roundtable aims to further the rebirth of interest in Jankélévitch’s rich, insightful, and beautiful texts, and so papers on any aspect of his work will be considered for inclusion.

We invite papers discussing philosophical problems and concepts in Jankélévitch’s work, its contextualizations and reception within the field of contemporary continental philosophy, as well as the relevance of Jankélévitch’s thought for the current issues of social justice, politics and aesthetics of public memory, temporality and creation.

The deadline for abstract submission is June 1st, 2017. Please include name, paper title, 250 word abstract, and a brief biographical note.

Please send abstract submissions to

Marguerite La Caz: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Magdalena Zolkos: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Notification of whether the abstract is accepted will be sent by July 1st, 2017.

Marguerite La Caze, Philosophy, University of Queensland
Magdalena Zolkos, Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University, Sydney.

Primary Texts
Jankélévitch, Vladimir. 2015a. The Bad Conscience. Trans. Andrew Kelley. Chicago: University of Chicago.
——. 2015b. Henri Bergson. Trans. Nils. F. Schott, Durham; Duke University Press.
——. 2005. Forgiveness. Trans. Andrew Kelley. Chicago: University of Chicago.
——. 2003. Music and the Ineffable, Trans. Carolyn Abbate. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
——. 1996. ‘Should we Pardon them?’ Critical Inquiry, 22, 552-572.
——. 1959. Ravel. Trans. Margaret Crosland. New York: Grove Press.

Heidegger and Nature - ACU Fitzroy - 16-17 June

ACU“Heidegger and Nature” Workshop

Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

16-17 June, 2017

The Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture at ACU invites papers for this two day workshop on the theme of *Heidegger and Nature* to be held on our Melbourne campus in Fitzroy (corner of Brunswick Street and Victoria Parade).

Many of the sessions will be plenary, with invited responses.

We welcome 600 words abstracts for 30-40 minute papers.

  • *Workshop Date*:  Friday 16 – Saturday 17 June, 2017.
  • *Deadline for submissions*: Friday 5 May 2017.
  • *Notification of acceptance*: Friday 19 May, 2017.


*Description *

The question concerning nature is one that emerges in various contexts across Heidegger’s voluminous writings, both early and late. Over the last decade, the theme has been the subject of increasingly incisive analysis and debate. The workshop looks to bring together the many threads of this debate. Possible paper topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Heidegger, nature and environmental philosophy
  • Nature, technē and the question of technology
  • Natura, Vorhandenheit and the critique of ontotheology
  • Nature and history
  • Nature, world and “world-entry”
  • Nature and earth in “Origin of the Work of Art” and later works.
  • Nature in the context of poetic dwelling and Gelassenheit
  • Heidegger’s reading of phusis in the Presocratics and Aristotle.
  • Different senses of Natur in “Being and Time” and the Marburg period.
  • Nature and animality in “Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics”.


*Speakers include*

  • Claude Romano (Sorbonne & ACU)
  • Dennis Schmidt (WSU)
  • Jeff Malpas (UTas)
  • David Storey (Boston College)
  • Justin Clemens (UMelb)
  • Ingo Farin (UTas) 
  • Jack Reynolds (Deakin)
  • Lubica Ucnik (Murdoch)
  • Diego Bubbio (WSU) 
  • Richard Colledge (ACU)


Research students are welcome. A modest travel bursary may be available for students without institutional support.

Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

The workshop is free, but spaces are limited.

Please register your interest in attending at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information, contact Richard Colledge This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Claude Romano  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The Arts of Spinoza + Pacific Spinoza - Auckland - 26-28 May

university-of-aucklandThe Arts of Spinoza + Pacific Spinoza
26-28 May 2017
University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Full details at:



Challis Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
Baier Chair, Early Modern Philosophy, University of Otago
Professor, Geography & Planning, University of Toronto
Professor, Writing and Society, University of Western Sydney

>> Plenary panel
Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Haverford College
Senior Lecturer, Spatial, Auckland University of Technology
Tuhourangi, Ngati Whanaunga
Senior Lecturer, Education, University of Waikato

>> By Skype
Reader, Philosophy, University of Aberdeen
Professor, Architecture, Bartlett, University College London


We invite scholarly submissions on the philosophy of Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677), for a special issue of Interstices journal and the annual Interstices symposium to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, 26-28 May 2017. The intent is to further consolidate the recent intensifications of interest in Spinoza's thought, and to reaffirm his status as an enormously powerful thinker of contemporary relevance. Papers on any aspect of Spinoza studies are thus welcomed. But the more specific aim of the symposium and journal issue is twofold: firstly, to extend the burgeoning scholarship on Spinoza into the domains of study parsed by Interstices, namely arts and architecture, and secondly, to situate Spinoza's philosophy within the particular locus of New Zealand, Australasia, the South Pacific, and the Pacific Rim more broadly. Each of these aspects will be tackled in separate sessions or separate days of the symposium.

With regard to the first aim, we welcome submissions that put Spinoza's philosophy in productive proximity with a particular artform or an individual work of art, whether literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, music, dance, performance, etc. -- or that have an especial focus on any of the numerous artistic and literary figures who are known to have read Spinoza appreciatively and in whose works Spinozist shadings might be discerned (Goethe, Coleridge, George Eliot, Jorge Luis Borges, Louis Zukofsky, Kenzaburo Oe, Thomas Hirschhorn, Maira Kalman, Philippe Grandrieux, etc. -- and of course Isaac Bashevis Singer and his Spinoza of Market Street). Contributors might like to think of this event and journal issue as extending, in the direction of arts and architecture, the very fine work done by the anthology Spinoza Beyond Philosophy (2012, ed. Beth Lord).

Since Interstices's particular interest is in architectural studies, we would be keen to see contributions that consider Spinoza as helpful for thinking any of the design and spatial disciplines (architecture, urban design, landscape, cartography, interior design, and so on). Geographers, planners, and landscape designers might note the way in which Spinoza's natura pre-empts the conceptual categories by which we continue to delineate nature and cities and spaces. Contributors might also choose to take 'architecture' in the sense of 'structure', in which case not only would built environments and tectonics be the subject of analysis, but also the very structure of Spinoza's texts, the extraordinary way in which his texts are wrought (the famous geometric architecture of the Ethics, for example).

We also invite submissions that don't necessarily fall under any of the artistic disciplines listed above, and that interpret 'arts' in the broadest possible sense. Spinoza's philosophy predates the modern idea of a differentiated domain of the arts, and so the Latin word that Spinoza uses -- ars -- has the older and broader sense of skill or craft or ability or proficiency. We thus welcome submissions that are about 'arts' in this more general sense -- for example, about what Spinoza teaches us about the arts of living (ars vivendi) or the arts of constructing a liberal polity (ars politica, government, statecraft).

With regard to the second aim ("Pacific Spinoza"), we invite submissions on any aspects of Spinoza studies that have a connection to New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific, or Asia-Pacific and the Pacific Rim more broadly. Such papers might, for example, examine the historical reception and interpretation of Spinoza in New Zealand, Australia, the Oceanic 'sea of islands', or any proximate sister region. The idea is to give geographic concreteness and local specificity to the interpretation of Spinoza -- to see how Spinoza might be or has been read in New Zealand and the Pacific, and inversely to see how our ways of thinking about New Zealand and the Pacific might be productively inflected by reading Spinoza.

A fuller Call for Papers / Discussion Document is online at


Abstracts of 300 words, along with a short biographical statement of 100 words, to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by midnight NZST, 30th January 2017. For purposes of peer review, the abstract should be sent in a separate self-contained file with no identifying information in it. Please send Microsoft Word files only (DOC or DOCX). Abstracts will be vetted through a process of blind peer review.
Selected papers from the symposium will be invited for revision, peer review, and publication in the subsequent issue of Interstices. If you are unable to attend the symposium in New Zealand, but wish to submit a paper for the journal issue, please send the full and completed paper to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31st May 2017.

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