About the Things Themselves
Newsletter of the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture
Volume 8.4, Spring 2012
- Editor's Note
- PhaenEx: EPTC 10th Anniversary Issue; CFPs
- EPTC 2012 Waterloo: Preliminary Program
1. Editor's Note
This newsletter brings you the preliminary schedule for our 10th annual conference with the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences, being held in Waterloo, Ontario from May 29 to June 1, as well as a preview of PhaenEx’s spring 2012 double issue marking the 10th anniversary of EPTC’s founding.
This year’s conference features the first book panels we have had, co-sponsored by the Canadian Philosophical Association, on Hasana Sharp’s Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization and Alexis Shotwell’s Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding. Our keynote event on May 31 promises an interesting change and a fitting representation of EPTC’s interdisciplinary spirit as Karen Houle will read from her poetry and fiction. The popular “Back to the Things Themselves!” panel and workshop on phenomenological practice returns to the program, Bronwyn Singleton has organized an “Incubator Workshop” on “Philosophy and/as Biopolitics” following last year’s successful incubator on “The Child”, and Tracey Nicholls has organized a panel called “How Big is the Body?” The general program, while relatively small like last year’s, presents an intriguing diversity of titles relating to the work of figures including Beauvoir, Sartre, Husserl, Heidegger, Adorno, Lukacs, Honneth, Levinas, Marion, Dostoyevsky, Winnicott, and Richard Serra. Our annual general meeting, at which elections will be held for a number of positions, is at lunchtime on May 31; everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
With regard to the size of the program: while a smaller program has its upside in producing a more intimate gathering, the downside is that EPTC has not been immune to what appears to be a general decline in submissions to conferences of scholarly societies in recent years. I point this out to draw attention to the fact that we hope to encourage more submissions for our future conferences, especially in areas that have been underrepresented and in French.
Note that the last day to register for Congress at a reduced early-bird rate is March 31—some conflicting information has circulated concerning this date; our apologies for that—and also that it is cheaper to register online than on-site even after that date. To register online, go to:
If you plan to stay on campus in Waterloo, it is advisable to book your room early, as on-campus accommodations tend to fill up quickly.
For the latest version of the EPTC conference program, see
2. PhaenEx: EPTC 10th Anniversary Issue; CFPs;
a) Coming Soon! Special Anniversary PhaenEx Open Issue 7.1
In order to mark the tenth year anniversary of EPTC/TCEP, the organization’s journal will be launching a special anniversary Open Issue in May 2012. Contributions include Alfonso Lingis on Levinas, Dorothea Olkowski on political genius, Glen Mazis on Merleau-Ponty and painting, and Mark Kingwell on throwing dice.... Stay tuned!
b) Calls for Papers
We are now accepting submissions for Open Issue 8.1 and upcoming Special Topics issues. Please visit www.phaenex.uwindsor.ca/ for more details.
Ontario Hegel 2012 Conference: Hegel, Freedom, and History
March 30 to April 1, 2012
Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
Intensities and Lines of Flight: Deleuze and Guattari and the Arts
May 4-6, 2012
King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
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