Author: Iain Macdonald

Call for Contributions: PhænEx, Vol. 9.1

Call for Papers PhænEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture Open Issue Volume 9.1 (Spring 2014) PhænEx is an electronic journal affiliated with the Canadian based international Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture / Théorie et culture existentialistes et phénoménologiques (EPTC/TCEP) ( It provides an interdisciplinary forum for original research in theory and culture from existential or phenomenological perspectives, broadly construed. As examples, articles on the following authors are welcomed: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Beckett, Husserl, Heidegger, Jaspers, Levinas, Malraux, Marcel, Buber, Frankl, Sartre, Camus, Merleau-Ponty, Beauvoir, Irigaray, etc. Papers from all disciplines and areas will be considered, following the interdisciplinary scope of PhænEx and EPTC. Submissions can be made directly through the journal’s website ( Please follow the online instructions and guidelines. Submissions in both French and English are encouraged and will be peer-reviewed. Deadline: Texts must be submitted electronically by October 1st, 2013. Lead Editors Martine Béland (*protected email*) Élodie Boublil (*protected...

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Workshop: Global Ethics and Capitalism: Rethinking Critical Theory

Global Ethics and Capitalism: Rethinking Critical Theory Fourth Workshop in Social and Political Thought at Michigan State University with Carol C. Gould, Moishe Postone, and Tony Smith October, 4-5, 2013 Friday: 9am-6pm, Saturday: 9am-1pm This workshop will be a forum for addressing the provocative ways in which recent scholarship situates Critical Theory in contemporary analyses of Capitalism in relation to normative questions ‘of a global scale.’ In this sense, the workshop will discuss the status and relevance of a critique of Capitalism in its global form in contemporary Critical Theory. An important aspect of this discussion is the extent to which a normative analysis of Capitalism can be related to an analysis of the immanent tendencies of Capitalism. Participants will confront and examine recent shifts of Critical Theory away from a Marxian notion of the critique of political economy, and the viability of critiques of Capitalism in light of recent conceptions of economic crises and accelerating globalization. Main Speakers (with brief commentators): Carol C. Gould (Hunter College, CUNY Graduate Center) Interactive Democracy: The Social Roots of Global Justice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013; Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004; Rethinking Democracy: Freedom and Social Cooperation in Politics, Economy, and Society, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990; Marx’s Social Ontology: Individuality and Community in Marx’s Theory of Social Reality, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press 1978, Moishe...

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Call for Papers: 9th Annual De Philosophia Graduate Student Conference

NEW DEADLINE Call for Abstracts The Return of Speculative Philosophy 9th Annual De Philosophia Graduate Student Conference University of Ottawa 5 – 6 April 2013 Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Comay, University of Toronto In many ways twentieth century philosophy, analytical and continental, exhibited a real desire to abandon metaphysical speculation. Despite this desire, disparate movements in contemporary thought are contributing to the return of speculative philosophy. For example, analytical thought has shown signs of (re-)approaching metaphysical speculation (Molnar); similarly, continental thinkers have begun to move away from strictly phenomenological/linguistic investigations (Meillassoux). In light of these developments, the conference organizers and the Graduate Philosophy Student Association at the University of Ottawa invite submissions relating to any aspect of the long historical tradition of speculative philosophy and its concern with posing properly ontological questions. We are particularly interested in projects that connect the rich history of speculative thought to the contemporary resurgence of the speculative spirit. Our overarching goal is to clear a space for creative engagement with the myriad of issues surrounding the history and current status of speculative philosophy from a wide array of critical (and potentially divergent) perspectives. Possible topics include (but are not limited to): Ancient ontologies Medieval metaphysics Substance in early Modernism The Absolute in German Idealism Marxian critiques of Hegel British Idealism Pragmatist, naturalist, and anti-metaphysical responses The Frankfurt School critique of ontology Post-structuralism Philosophies of the...

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Call for Papers: A matter of lifedeath

Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature CALL FOR PAPERS AN INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE  A matter of lifedeath October 1-4, 2014 The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada Keynote speakers: Andrea Carlino, Françoise Dastur, David Palumbo-Liu, H. Peter Steeves, Elisabeth Weber With immense pleasure and great anticipation, Mosaic invites writers from across the disciplines (architecture, film, history, medicine, biology, literature, philosophy, religion, sociology, etc.), to engage questions of life and death in ways that avoid reductive gestures and that exceed oppositions between animate and inanimate, human and animal, presence and absence, the humanities and the sciences, the living and the dead. We welcome provocative proposals for presentations that open to further research and discussion on themes that may include, but are not limited to, the following: finitude, heredity, inheritance, evolution, cyborgism, morphology, immunology, ontology, global warming, biodiversity, artificial life, memory, mourning, spectrality, mutation, transplantation, reproduction, repetition, machine, mechanicity, animality, the unconscious, Thanatos, genetics, code-script, message, biotechnology, bioethics, biopolitics, responsibility, affirmation, promise. Proposals should include: a title and an abstract of 450-500 words, and on a separate page, the author’s name, brief C.V., institutional affiliation, complete contact information, and email address. Graduate students presenting a paper at the conference may be eligible for a travel grant. Those intending to apply for a travel grant should enclose a covering letter with their abstract detailing anticipated travel costs for the conference. Deadline for submission of...

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Call for Papers: Disagreement

Call for Papers: Disagreement University of Alberta Philosophy Graduate Conference May 10-12, 2013 Edmonton, Alberta Keynote Speakers: Thomas Christiano, University of Arizona Adam Morton, University of British Columbia We invite submissions of papers by graduate students and postgraduates (who were awarded their PhDs no earlier than 2007) to the graduate philosophy conference to be held on May 10-12, 2013 at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. At first, one might take ‘disagreement’ to be merely a matter of subjective opinion. Nevertheless, disagreement is a pervasive and genuine phenomenon of and in our experience which calls for philosophical reflection. This conference focuses on the notion of disagreement broadly construed. We invite papers that discuss the nature, value of, and attitudes towards disagreement. Papers from both the analytic and continental traditions, as well as from disciplines and traditions of investigation other than philosophy are welcomed. Possible questions for consideration include but are not limited to: What constitutes disagreement? What distinguishes private from public disagreement; internal from external disagreement; or intra- from inter-personal disagreement? Are all disagreements resolvable, and on what grounds? Are disagreements structured by power dynamics? Is reconciliation always desirable or is there value in perennial discord? Can there be faultless or harmless disagreements in the realms of ethics/politics/aesthetics/epistemology, etc.? If so does this entail some sort of relativism or pluralism, and if it does is this a bad thing?...

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