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FIGURING EXISTENCE A Postgraduate Conference in Existential Analysis, Friday 1st March 2019, University of Oxford

Figuring Existence: A Postgraduate Conference in Existential Analysis

1st March 2019
Venue: Von Trott and Wolfson Rooms, Jowett Walk Building (OX1 3TL), University of Oxford


A Postgraduate Conference in Existential Analysis

Friday 1st March 2019

University of Oxford

United Kingdom


Keynote Speaker: Kate Kirkpatrick (King’s College London)

Organisers: Elizabeth Xiao-an Li and Nikolaas Deketelaere

Centre for Theology and Modern European Thought


The Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno summarised the guiding motive of those intellectual approaches we might nowadays call existentialist by saying that “philosophy is a product of the humanity of each philosopher, and each philosopher is a man of flesh and bone who addresses himself to other men of flesh and bone like himself. And, let him do what he will, he philosophizes not with reason only, but with the will, with the feelings, with the flesh and with the bones, with the whole soul and the whole body. It is the man that philosophizes.” Yet, it is perhaps also because of definitions as broad as this one that Jean-Paul Sartre felt that “the word is now so loosely applied to so many things that it no longer means anything at all.” This conference aims to provide a sketch of the style of thinking that can broadly be conceived of as existential analysis.

In connection with the conference, we are also inviting submissions to a special edition of Open Theology on the topic “Existential Conceptions of the Relationship between Theology and Philosophy”. The CFP is attached below and submissions are due in May.

For more information contact: Nikolaas ( or Elizabeth (



Venue: Von Trott and Wolfson Rooms, Jowett Walk Building (OX1 3TL)

8.30: Registration and welcome

8.45: Opening words

9.00-10.30: Parallel panels

Session 1: The Long 19th Century

Chair: Stevan Veljkovic

Josh Roe: “The Rise of Enthusiasm: From Shaftesbury to Hamann”

Shari Dedier: “Diester Thorweg ‘Augenblick’: The Exalted Moment and Eternity in Nietzsche and Jaspers”

Levy Coudyser: “The Will to Power and Suicide”

Session 2: Freedom

Chair: Travis La Couter

Dritero Demjaha: “Existentialism and metanarrative or the atheist existentialist dilemma: Hegelian end of history or Christian end of philosophy?”

Piergiacomo Severini: “Jeanne Hersch’s Realist Existentialism: Reasoning on Human between Body and Freedom”

David Mark Dunning: “A Decisively Free Existence: Negative Certainty in Jean-Luc Marion”

10.30   Coffee break

10.45-12.15: Parallel panels

Session 3: The Place of Existentialism

Chair: Dr. Kate Kirkpatrick

Samuel Filby: “Can there be an Existential Analytic Philosophy?”

Mimi Howard: “Heidegger’s Early Christianity and Place of Politics”

John Rayburn: “For the Sake of Soul: Existential Meaning in James Hillman’s “Soul-Making”

Session 4: Kierkegaard

Chair: Elizabeth Li

Lea Cantor: “Hegel’s Concept of Freedom in the Light of Kierkegaard’s Critique”

Frederic Dubois: “Existentialism as a Development of Dialectical Metaphysics: The Case of Kierkegaard’s The Concept of Anxiety”

Barney Riggs: “Kierkegaard’s Concept of Busyness: A Preliminary Account”

12.30-13.30: Lunch

14.00-16.00     Parallel panels

Session 5: Phenomenology

Chair: James Lorenz

Kevin Mager: “Merleau-Ponty and the Existential Analysis of Discovery: Expression in Art and Science”

Maria-Nefeli Panetsos: “Dance and Existential Phenomenology”

Renxiang Liu: “Sartre’s Dualist Monism and Its Temporal Dimensions”

Ed Willems: “Husserl’s Transcendental Ego and the Transition to Existentialism”

Session 6: Existential Experience

Chair: Naomi Irit Richman

Maja Vejic: “Anxiety in Philosophy, Literature and Life”

Maja Berseneva: “Existential Vulnerability”

Michal Pawlowski: “Kitsch as an Existential Experience”

16.00-17.00: Coffee break

17.00-18.30     Keynote Lecture — Dr. Kate Kirkpatrick: “Existentialism and Exemplars”

18.30-19.30: Dinner

Italian Studies in Edinburgh, June 2019

A panel on Italian Thought in the Society for Italian Studies conference in June in Edinburgh: worth a look.


Two sessions on “Italian thought / Italian theory / Italian difference” have been organised for the biennial conference of the Society for Italian Studies (University of Edinburgh, 26-28 June 2019)

The list of the accepted panels is available here

Panel title
Italian thought / Italian theory / Italian difference – I

Federica G. Pedriali
Edinburgh University

Paolo Bartoloni
NUIG, National University of Ireland Galway
Greg Bird
Wilfrid Laurier University
Dario Gentili
Rome 3 University
Enrica Lisciani-Petrini
Salerno University
Federica G. Pedriali (Chair)
Edinburgh University

Panel title
Italian thought / Italian theory / Italian difference – II
Federica G. Pedriali
Edinburgh University

Davide Luglio
Paris-Sorbonne University
Marco Piasentier
Jyväskylä University
Giusi Strummiello
Bari University
Heather Lynch
Caledonian University
Federica G. Pedriali (Chair)
Edinburgh University

Gender conference at Durham

Call for Papers
Gen(d)eration: Gender and Construction of Subjectivity

Durham University, 10 May 2019

We are delighted to announce the interdisciplinary workshop “Gen(d)eration: Gender and Construction of Subjectivity”. The event is funded by the Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) and will take place at Durham University on 10 May 2019.
The workshop will focus on the interconnections between gender and cultural studies (literature, art, history, philosophy, social sciences, etc.) and will be looking at how the construction of gender is connected to, and interwoven with, writing, capitalism, globalization, trauma, therapy, ethics, transformation and autopoiesis, to name a few.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Gender and Capitalism
Gender and Globalization
Gender and Trauma
Gender and Therapy
Gender and Ethics
Gender and Authorship
Gender and Illness
Gender and Subjectivity
Gender and Posthumanism
Gender and Transformation
Gender and Autopoiesis

We invite doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers from Arts, Humanities and Social Science to submit abstracts for consideration. The standard length of a talk will be 20 minutes. Please send your proposal (300 words maximum) to or by 31 March.