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Call for papers – Appel à Contributions 20th Anniversary Meeting of the Symposium for Phenomenology “Play and Power” – “Jeu et pouvoir” July 4-9, 2016 PERUGIA, ITALIA

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Symposium for Phenomenology, we invite members for contributions to phenomenologies of play, in their critical, aesthetic, cultural, ontological and political dimensions. Although phenomenology arose within and as a European tradition, we seek to understand play and power today beyond Europe and Eurocentrism. We encourage contributions to the themes of play and power in light of political, geographical, legal, and symbolic power—notably, where power is presented as play, ludic and/or deadly serious, or where play reveals and disrupts the structures and boundaries of power.

With the focus on play and agonistics, we welcome contributions on

  • Play and power in critical philosophy and political theory
  • Play as aesthetic creation and destruction
  • Play and institution: power games and contestation
  • Play in community construction (and destruction)
  • Les jeux du pouvoir/power plays in geopolitics
  • Symbolic play, symbolic power
  • Play and power in and beyond “the West”
  • Play and race, play and color (lines, hierarchies, confluences)
  • Play and terror

We welcome discussion of the methodological difficulties posed to phenomenology by the multiple significations of play (play forging friendship and community, play in good and bad faith, play as critique—“just gaming,” play and normative praxis).

We solicit presentations in French and in English on topics of contemporary urgency that integrate the themes of play and power. Our hope is to foster open debates on these themes. Our concern is with phenomenology as critique, criticism, and indeed crisis. We are enquiring into the relevance of phenomenology to questions of contestation, agonistics, and contemporary realities in and beyond Europe. Presentations drawn from the many disciplines related to phenomenology (from sociology, psychology, critical history, and critical race theory) are likewise encouraged.

Please send an abstract of 800 words to by February 1st, 2016, at the very latest. Acceptance notifications will be sent by March 15th .

Directors : Bettina Bergo (Montréal), Jens Vleminck (Ghent) & Ernst Wolff (Pretoria)

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Call for Papers for Special Issue of Phaenex: Faces of Eros (Spring/Summer 2017)

Eros plays a central role in Western thought. In the philosophical and spiritual traditions, it usually refers to physical love and desire. Eros is a recurring character in the pre-Socratic cosmogonies, and it is the main impulse of the philosophical quest for truth in Plato’s Phaedrus. In the Symposium, Plato also unveils its fundamental ambiguity as half divine and half human, where the desire to merge the opposing sides involves beauty and ugliness, profusion and need. Eros is at the intersection of gift and possession, of radical openness and selfish desire, of interested disinterest and mystical transport, mixing clairvoyance and blindness. Thanks to the manifold nuances of the erotic-sensuous genius that fascinated Kierkegaard, eroticism both produces and dissolves several dimensions of human existence, sociality, understanding, and speech.

This Special Topics issue of PhænEx wishes to give a new impulse to philosophical reflections on this fundamental and ambiguous phenomenon, following an interdisciplinary perspective at the intersection of phenomenology, post-structuralism, and social sciences (psychology, sociology, sexology, anthropology, linguistics, etc.).

Submission Information

Submissions in both French and English are accepted, and all papers will be peer-reviewed. Paper submissions must be made directly through the journal’s website. Please follow the online instructions, guidelines, and stylesheet.

Submission Deadline: October 1st, 2016.

Please direct any questions to the Lead Editors:

 – Élodie Boublil (CNRS-ENS), elo.boublil[a]

 – Chiara Piazzesi (UQAM), piazzesi.chiara[a]

Call for Papers: Annual Open Issue of PhaenEx (Fall 2016)

PhænEx is an electronic peer-reviewed journal affiliated with the Canadian-based Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture. The journal 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.

Submission Information

Submissions in both French and English are accepted, and all papers will be peerreviewed. Paper submissions must be made directly through the journal’s website. Please follow the online instructions, guidelines, and stylesheet.


Papers submitted by March 1st, 2016 will be considered for publication in this issue.

CFP: Hegel, Religion and Politics: Issues and Actuality

In the preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit (1807), G.W. F. Hegel stresses that his time is one of deep transformations affecting the very principles, beliefs and, more generally, the “worldview” (Weltanschauung) which have shaped the whole set of institutions constituting the Western world. Among those transformations, the ones altering religion and politics appeared to him as crucially important. It is therefore no surprise that, from his early theological writings to his late systematic works, Hegel wrote extensively about the disruptions that were profoundly transforming the manner in which his contemporaries understood the relationship between church and state, the divine and the human, and the sacred and the secular.

Certainly, more than two centuries have elapsed since Hegel explored the religious and political transformations that shook Europe in the aftermath of the French Revolution. However, in the last decades, several thinkers and philosophers have defended the relevance of Hegel’s religious and political philosophy. Indeed, although it has often been argued that Hegel’s religious and political thought appeared to be outdated by Marxism or by political liberalism, many philosophers now propose that it contains the conceptual resources needed to best understand the complexity of the diverse transformations that are affecting the relationship between politics and religion in the contemporary world.

The conference Hegel, Religion and Politics: Issues and Actuality is organized by the Research Center in Public Ethics and Governance at Saint Paul University (Ottawa, Ontario) and will take place on April 15th and 16th. Proposals (in either English or French) must be submitted by email to Prof. Martin Thibodeau ( and Prof. Sophie Cloutier ( before December 31, 2015. Proposals must be 300 words long and accompanied by a short CV. Selected writers will be notified by January 15th, 2016, and will be asked to submit a 30 minute-presentation by March 15th, 2016.

Call for Papers / Appel à contributions: EPTC/TCEP 2015, Ottawa

The Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory & Culture is looking for papers for our annual meeting that draw from the traditions of existentialism and phenomenology, broadly construed. In addition to philosophical issues and figures, we provide a forum for existential and phenomenological themes in practical and applied as well as cross- and interdisciplinary research. To ensure consistently high standards of scholarship, all submissions are subject to double-blind review.

A full 30 minutes is allotted for the presentation of each selected paper, along with 10 minutes for a prepared commentary, and another 20 minutes for group discussion. We also welcome panel proposals. Please see our website for details (

Interested authors should submit the following electronically in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format:

  1. A copy of your paper, not more than 4500 words, and prepared for anonymous review (identifiable by paper title only)
  2. A separate abstract, not more than 100 words, also listing the paper’s title, author’s name, complete mailing address, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address

If you would like to present a commentary (of not more than 1000 words) on a paper, or chair a session, please submit a brief e-mail indicating as much with your name, complete mailing address, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and relevant areas of interest.

EPTC is able to waive Congress fees for a few delegates each year. Such awards will be made according to criteria of financial need and quality of paper at the discretion of the conference program coordinator. Non-tenure-stream delegates interested in this award should append a note indicating as much to their submission materials.

The submission deadline for the above materials is Thursday, January 15, 2015. Submissions should be sent to:

La société Théorie et Culture Existentialistes et Phénoménologiques lance un appel à communications portant sur l’existentialisme ou sur la phénoménologie, conçus de façon large. En plus de questions et de figures philosophiques, nous sommes aussi un milieu pour les thèmes phénoménologiques et pratique bien que pour la recherche interdisciplinaire. Pour s’assurer de normes élevées et cohérentes, tous les textes seront soumis à une double évaluation anonyme par les pairs.

Jusqu’à 30 minutes sont allouées à chaque présentation, avec 10 minutes pour un commentaire préparé et 20 minutes de plus pour la discussion. Les propositions de panels ou de tables rondes sont aussi bienvenues.

Veuillez consulter notre site Internet pour les details (

Notre rencontre se déroulera dans le cadre du Congrès des sciences humaines à l’Université d’Ottawa. Les dates provisoires de la rencontre sont du 2 au 5 juin 2015. Les auteur-e-s intéressé-e-s doivent soumettre électroniquement en format .doc, .docx, ou .rtf :

  1. Un exemplaire de leur texte, ne comptant pas plus de 4500 mots, et ayant été préparé pour une évaluation anonyme (le texte ne devant être identifiable que par son titre) et
  2. Un résumé, distinct du texte, d’une longueur maximale de 100 mots, mentionnant également le titre du texte, le nom de l’auteur-e, une adresse postale complète, l’institution d’affiliation et une adresse courriel.

Si vous souhaitez présenter un commentaire de texte (pas plus de 1000 mots) ou encore si vous voulez présider une séance, veuillez envoyer un bref courriel à cet effet, en prenant soin d’y inscrire votre nom, votre adresse postale complète, votre institution d’affiliation, votre adresse courriel et vos domaines d’intérêts.

La société TCEP est en mesure, chaque année, de couvrir les frais d’inscription au Congrès pour quelques délégué-e-s. Les fonds seront alloués en fonction de la situation financière et de la qualité de la présentation du participant, et à la discrétion du coordinateur des activités liées au Congrès.

Les personnes membres n’ayant pas de postes réguliers et souhaitant recevoir cette aide sont invité-e-s à en faire la demande au moment de l’envoi de leurs communications.

La date limite pour l’envoi des communications est le jeudi 15 janvier 2015.

Les communications devront être envoyées à :