Category : french philosophy

Conference: Translating Realism: The Nature and Emergence of Contemporary French Thought, Notre Dame, May 10-11

Jacques Derrida: Points of Departure, Northwestern, May 2-4

20th Conference of the North American Sartre Society

The University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, October 4-6, 2013.




The North American Sartre Society is issuing a call for papers on the occasion of its twentieth conference, hosted by Adrian van den Hoven, at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, October 4-6, 2013. We welcome papers in any area of Sartrean scholarship (philosophy, literature, theater, psychology, politics, intellectual history, Sartre and other writers, etc.). Reading time for a paper should be 25-30 minutes maximum. In addition to individual papers, we welcome suggestions for panel topics. Graduate students are encouraged to submit suggestions for papers. We hope to provide a limited number of stipends for graduate students to help defray the cost of travel and lodging. Any graduate student whose paper has been accepted must however apply for these stipends.


While topics on any of Sartre’s many activities are welcome, one of the themes we are promoting this year is Sartre’s relationship to jazz. It has also been noted that 2013 is the centenary of Camus’s birth. Also in 1943 Sartre published L’Etre et le néant and Simone de Beauvoir published L’Invitée.


We invite anyone interested to submit proposals in either English or French. Nevertheless, we require those whose papers are accepted to become members of NASS (if they are not already) in order to present their paper.




Please E-MAIL an abstract (1-2 pages max) as an attachment to John Ireland: and Matt Eshleman: For panel submissions, please submit both an abstract for the whole panel and abstracts for each individual paper. These will be forwarded to the Program Committee for blind refereeing.


We have been very fortunate to secure Michel Contat as our Keynote Speaker. Michel Contat, known to every Sartre scholar, has generously agreed to talk to us on the subject of Sartre and jazz.


Further details on the conference, the University of Windsor and hotel arrangements will be communicated to you in due course.


Any questions can be directed to:


John Ireland (President)

Matt Eschleman (Co-President)

Adrian van den Hoven (On-Site Conference Organizer)

Sartre Reading Group meeting time [edited]

From the group’s organizer, Jake:

If anyone is interested in an informal Sartre reading group, we will meet Tuesday, January 29th at 9:45pm** at Oasis (north on Sheridan from campus). The first reading will be the introduction and first chapter (“The Dogmatic Dialectic and the Critical Dialectic”) of Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason, which is about 40 pages. The venue may change after the first meeting depending on level of interest. If you have any questions about the logistics of the meeting, email me (jnabasny [at] luc [dot] edu) and I’ll try to help/accommodate them.



2nd CFP: Translating Realism: The Nature and Emergence of Contemporary French Thought