Upcoming Events

Merleau-Ponty and Embodiment: Between the Cognitive, Aesthetic, and Socio-Political

47th Annual Meeting of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle

In-person and virtual (hybrid)

4-6 December 2023
Deakin University, Melbourne (Narrm), Australia 

“Le corps est notre moyen général d’avoir un monde. / The body is our general means of having a world.”


Merleau-Ponty's seminal work on embodiment has been of enduring interest and influence in a wide range of fields. It has, for example, played a significant role in research on embodied cognition and enactivism, subjectivity and intersubjectivity, affectivity, movement, art, place, and more. Although sometimes criticised for providing an account of embodiment that is too general, Merleau-Ponty’s philosophical foregrounding of embodiment has also facilitated critical phenomenological studies attending to the specificities of how particular bodies inhabit social and political environments, through considerations of race, gender, disability, ageing, and illness. This year’s meeting of the IMPC seeks to bring together these rich and varied strands of enquiry, in order to think with, against, and beyond Merleau-Ponty’s own contributions on the lived body. 


Only its third time outside North America, this year’s meeting will take place in Melbourne (Narrm), Australia, on the traditional and unceded lands of the Kulin Nation. The conference is being directed by Helen Ngo and Jack Reynolds, with support from Andrew Inkpin and others. Keynote and plenary speakers will be announced shortly. The conference will be held at the centrally located and accessible Deakin Downtown campus, and recommended accommodation options will be provided nearer the date. 

Full paper submissions of no more than 3,500 words should be prepared for anonymous review and sent to both the directors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject heading "IMPC submission" by May 15, 2023. As is custom, submissions on any aspect of Merleau-Ponty’s work, in addition to the conference theme, are also welcome.

This year’s event will include a thematic stream on Race, place, and bodies curated by Helen Ngo for a research project funded by the Australian Research Council (DE220100329). A small number of bursaries will be available for students and unwaged early career researchers presenting in-person in this stream. Participants wishing to be considered for this are asked to indicate so on the cover letter of your submission. 

The conference features the M. C. Dillon prize and lecture for the best graduate student paper submission ( To be considered for this prize, please indicate so on the cover letter of your submission. This year’s conference will also inaugurate a second graduate student prize, the Morstyn prize, which recognises our late colleague, from Sydney, Australia, Ron Morstyn, who contributed to and attended the IMPC over many years, with special interests in psychology and psychiatry. Details for consideration for this prize will be announced between now and the submission deadline.  

Finally, as this conference will be held as a hybrid event, please indicate whether, upon acceptance, you plan to attend in-person or virtually. In order to host the conference at a physical location, a certain percentage of talks will need to be presented in person, and this will be factored in during the anonymous review process. If you plan to attend virtually because doing so physically presents insurmountable accessibility issues (of whatever sort, including economic ones), you are welcome (but not required) to include that information. You are also welcome to include any anticipated accessibility needs, which will greatly assist in planning.

Helen Ngo and Jack Reynolds, on behalf of International Merleau-Ponty Circle

Summer School 2023

Ten 10-hour courses taught online January-February

The Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy is proud to present the Summer School 2023 curriculum. All courses are 10 hours in length. All courses will be taught via Zoom. As always significant discounts apply for those enrolling in multiple courses. If you have any questions which aren't in our FAQs please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When: 9 January - 17 February

Where: ONLINE. All courses will be taught via Zoom. Video recordings will also be available within a few days after each seminar for those who can't make the schedule.


Mon 6:30-8:30pm Starts 9 Jan
African Humanism, Decoloniality and Alternative Ontology
Lecturer: Augustine Obi
Tue 6:30-8:30pm Starts 10 Jan
To the Higher Infinite! The Mathematical Ontology of The Immanence of Truths
Lecturer: J. Bova
Wed 5:00-7:00pm Starts 11 Jan
Hegel for Social Movements
Lecturer: Andy Blunden
Wed 7:30-9:30pm Starts 11 Jan
Jacques Derrida’s Ethics and Politics of Mourning
Lecturer: Aleksander Kopka
Thu 6:30-8:30pm Starts 12 Jan
Reading Walter Benjamin’s “Theses on the Concept of History”
Lecturer: Gregory Marks
Fri 6:30-8:30pm Starts 13 Jan
The Development of Hegel and Nāgārjuna’s Dialectic
Lecturer: Brendan Duncan

2 hours per day for 5 days

10:30-12:30pm 13-17 Feb
Reading Capital Vol. 1
Lecturer: FTC Manning
1:00-3:00pm 13-17 Feb
“The South of the North and the West of the East”: A Decolonial Lens
Lecturer: Valery Arrows
3:30-5:30pm 13-17 Feb
The Works of Lyotard - Part 1
Lecturer: Graham Jones
6:30-8:30pm 13-17 Feb
Minimal Communism
Lecturer: A.J. Bartlett


The 61st Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy


Hosted by Toronto Metropolitan University
(formerly Ryerson University)

at the Hilton Toronto
Toronto, Canada