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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: derridatodayconference@gmail.com

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).

* INSTRUCTIONS *
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:
derridatodayconference@gmail.com 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: http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/drt

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

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 crfm.cite@uregina.ca. 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 jerome.melancon@uregina.ca.

For more information about EPTC: https://eptc-tcep.net/ About the CRFM: http://lacite.uregina.ca/en/research/new-page

Call for Papers: The Problem of Evil in Modern and Contemporary European Philosophy

For many, the developments and often dazzling breakthroughs of the modern sciences since the 19th century have sustained the hope that evil will find sociological, psychological and even neurological and genetic explanations. These explanations were looked to with the aspiration that they would eventually bring about measures which, without completely eradicating evil, would nevertheless significantly reduce the pain and suffering it causes. For others, however, such hope, inherited from the ideals of Enlightenment, has revealed itself to be a mere illusion. In their view, both human reality, in its moral, political and historical dimensions, as well as natural reality, seem to show that evil, in all or part, is irreducible to this hope and the “solutions” that it conveys. In this regard, it is well known that a certain number of 20th century philosophers and writers, amongst which Theodor W. Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel are assuredly the most famous, have developed their thoughts on evil with reference to the horrors of Auschwitz and the concentration camps. More recently, the term or notion of evil has attracted a great deal of attention, as George W. Bush, in the aftermath of 9/11, justified the U.S. intervention in Iraq by claiming the need to combat what he described as “the axis of evil”. Moreover, the important political upheavals of the recent years coupled with the numerous attacks perpetrated by Al-Qaeda, ISIL and other groups labeled as terrorists have only but maintained this focus.

In this context, it is not surprising that philosophers, theologians and thinkers have undertaken to pursue and to expand their reflections on evil. For some of them, such reflections had to take the form of a re-examination of the major milestones of the philosophical view since Kant who, as is well-known, once claimed in his famous writing on religion that evil is a propensity (ein Hang) that has its origin within human reason itself. According to Susan Neiman (2002), Peter Dews (2006) et other commentators, this view combined with the responses and critics it received from philosophers such as Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger Bataille, Lacan, Ricoeur as well as the above mentioned philosophers, lead to defining the terms of an understanding that would really do justice to what many believe is the unfathomable, abysmal, even enigmatic or banal character of evil.

This conference in intended as an opportunity to revisit and to examine anew the terms around which the different views of evil have been defined from Kant to contemporary European post-Kantian philosophy. In this framework, several themes and sub-themes may be addressed, among which:

  • The notion of evil in the work of one of the above mentioned philosophers.
  • The problem of the origins of evil in Kant and in the works of post-Kantian philosophers.
  • The different dimensions of evil (metaphysical, physical, moral, political)
  • The connection between evil, freedom and the will.
  • The notion of evil and the issue of the theodicy.
  • The differences and similarities between the notion of evil in Kant and in the work of one of his predecessors (Leibniz, Spinoza, Descartes, Aquinas, Augustine).
  • The notion of evil in the work of a theologian who places his reflections within the Kantian and/or post-Kantian philosophical frameworks.
  • The experience of evil in the “disenchanted” and secularized” (post) modern world.
  • Psychoanalysis and evil.

The conference The Problem of Evil in Modern and Contemporary European Philosophy is organized by the Department of Philosophy at Bishop’s University (Sherbrooke, Quebec) and will take place on April 28th and 29th 2017. Proposals (in either English or French) must be submitted by email to Prof. Martin Thibodeau (mthibode@ubishops.ca) and Prof. Jamie Crooks (jcrooks@ubishops.ca) before December 31, 2016. Proposals must be 300 words long and accompanied by a short CV. Selected writers will be notified by January 13th, 2017, and will be asked to submit a 30 minute-presentation by March 17th, 2017.

We intend to publish some of the presented papers in a collective work. Therefore, we kindly request that you reserve your paper for this publication.