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CFP for 6th Derrida Today Conference

Venue: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Date: Wednesday 23rd – Saturday 26th MAY 2018

Keynotes: *Tom Cohen (University at Albany, State University of New York, USA) *Drucilla Cornell (Rutgers University, USA) *Alexander Garcia-Düttmann (Berlin University of the Arts, Germany) *Ginette Michaud (Université de Montréal, Canada) *Elizabeth Rottenberg (De Paul University, USA).

Conference Directors and Organisers: Matthias Fritsch (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada), Nicole Anderson (Editor, Derrida Today Journal; Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia), Stella Gaon (Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada).

Due dates for Abstracts and Panel Proposals: 1st December 2017 (notification of acceptance of abstracts will be by
late December 2017), abstracts to be sent to:

Call for Papers:
The Derrida Today Conference will focus on the ongoing value of either Derrida’s work, or deconstruction, to the political-ethical, cultural, artistic and public debates and philosophical futures that confront us.

The conference will be broadly interdisciplinary and invites contributions from a range of academic, disciplinary and cultural contexts. We will accept papers and panel proposals in English or French on any aspect of Derrida’s work, or deconstruction, in relation to various topics and contemporary issues, such as: philosophy, phenomenology and other
theoretical/philosophical thinkers, literature, psychoanalysis, architecture and design, law, film and visual studies, haptic technologies, photography, art, music, dance, embodiment, feminism, race and whiteness studies, politics, ethics, sociology, cultural studies, queer theory, sexuality, education, science (physics, biology, medicine, chemistry), IT and multimedia, the environment, technology, etc. We also accept papers that engage in the spirit of deconstructive thought (if not on Derrida or deconstruction itself).

Individual Participants: submit two separate Word documents: 1) a 350 word abstract for a 20 minute paper, 2) a personal bio (no more than 200 words), with very importantly your affiliation and contact details (mailing address, email address, and phone).

Panel Proposals: Panels will consist of 3 papers of 20 minutes delivery and 10 minutes discussion time each. Panel organizers should submit as separate Word documents, the following: 1) an overall panel proposal of 350 words 2) 3 individual abstracts of no more than 300 words for each paper, 3) personal bios and contact details of each member phone, email, affiliation, address

Due Date for Abstracts and Panel Proposals: 1st December 2017

Individual Abstracts & Panel Proposals should be sent as an attachment to: All enquiries about the conference, to this email address ONLY. The conference is based on the journal Derrida Today (Chief Editor: Nicole Anderson. The journal is published by Edinburgh University Press, ISSN: 1754-8500). EUP Website:

NB: Information about the Conference, Registration, Keynotes, etc., as well as the Journal, can be found at The Derrida Today Website:

Round table: What Is a Minority Situation?

Round table: What Is a Minority Situation?

Francophones, their Relationships, and their Relations in Canada

Call for proposals

This round table will take place as part of the Conference of the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC) during the Humanities Congress, Regina, May 26-June 1 2018.

The concept of minority situation has gained in popularity and in use since the expression “linguistic/francophone communities in minority situations” (“communauté francophone en situation minoritaire”) has replaced the more centralist “Francophones outside Québec” and the “French-Canadian” ethnonym. The minority situation refers to what is shared by French-language communities in a context of official bilingualism, of linguistic duality, and of political coexistence. However, the differences between the minority situations of Francophones in Western Canada, of Acadians, and of Franco-Ontarians, as well as the use of the same term to refer to Anglophone communities in Québec, make it so that it may be easy to forget the distance that separates these communities and the divergences in their modes of community life.

Existential and phenomenological philosophy has contributed much to the understanding of the concept of situation. It has also developed related concepts such as: horizon, structure, ordinary or daily life, and lifeworld. It is thus able to suggest a deepened content for the concept of minority situation (or context, or setting). Rather than focus on public policy, rights, and the enumeration of populations, this philosophy can turn toward lived experience to highlight its general traits, shed light on its meanings, and then suggest orientations for coexistence. Above all, it allows a reflection about the relationship between milieu, belonging, difference, and language to intentionality. An interrogation is then possible as to the modalities of the inherence of a conception of the self as a minority to the individual consciousness: does the concept of minority situation reflect the experience of the members of the communities it names, or rather the aims of institutions and organisms that make use of it?

In order to better understand what this minority situation is and how it manifests itself in these various contexts, we invite paper proposals dealing with:

· the definition and the understanding of what a minority situation is;

· the institutional and cultural factors that create distinct minority situations;

· the active and potential relationships between Francophones and other minority groups, from alliances to conflicts;

· the minority situations that Francophones share with other groups.

While the application of existing theories to this situation will be an important part of this round tables, texts that develop new theories based on the experience of Francophone communities in minority contexts are particularly solicited.

This workshop is also a part of the Transversal conference of the Centre canadien de recherche sur les francophonies en milieu minoritaire (CRFM) at the University of Regina. Constituting of panels and round tables dealing with the same question in the respective conferences of five disciplines, this transversal or embedded conference will shed light on the situation of Francophones in minority contexts through multidisciplinary and comparative contributions. Following Congress, the texts from these conferences will be gathered and published in an edited volume that will launch new debates on the Canadian Francophonie. Texts in English are welcome and will be translated for this volume. Please send your proposals by December 8, 2017 to the CRFM at Texts for 20-minute presentations will need to be completed by January 5 in order to undergo peer review. Please send your queries or questions to the same address, or to the organizer of this round table, Jérôme Melançon, CRFM Director, at

For more information about EPTC: About the CRFM: