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ASCP 2020 Conference - Bond - 2-4 Dec

The ASCP annual conference in 2020 will be held at Bond University, 2-4 December.

The link to the call for papers/conference webpage is:

The ASCP conference provides a broad intellectual forum for scholars working within, or in communication with, European philosophical traditions. Its annual conference is the largest event devoted to continental philosophy in Australasia.  The 2020 annual conference seeks to promote the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas inspired by the diverse traditions of European thought (such as phenomenology, existentialism, critical theory, hermeneutics, feminism, deconstruction, poststructuralism, and so on), and to consider the broad and rich ways that these traditions drive philosophical inquiry into key questions for Australasian and international society. In addition to the conference proper, there will be sessions on a range of issues for professional academia, run by senior academics from a variety of institutions. These include issues of equity and diversity, career advancement, and career planning for post-graduate students. We invite papers that explore any aspect of European philosophy broadly construed. 


Date for abstract submissions: 31st July 2020

Send your proposed abstracts (maximum 250 words) for papers, panels or streams, and a brief bio to



  • Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson (QUT)
  • Dr Simone Drichel (The University of Otago)
  • Associate Professor Ann Murphy (The University of New Mexico)

There will also be a plenary session honouring the work of Professor Alison Ross (Monash University)



The University of Queensland’s Women and Power Network, based in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, and lead by Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch, is establishing a network of humanities scholars who research questions surrounding women and power. See: The network is generously providing funds to support interstate or trans-Tasman travel for a panel session for Australasian researchers on the theme of women and power at the 2020 ASCP conference. Preference will be given to panels that include researchers from different institutions. Suggested topics for panels are, but not limited to: 

Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, and other continental feminist and women philosophers on the subject of women and power.

Panels on topics related to women and power, such as women in politics, violence, including domestic violence, the #MeToo movement, and wage justice

A book panel on a new publication related to women and power

Please submit an abstract for your panel and then the abstract with an estimated budget and expression of interest to the ASCP conference organisers to  



The Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) provides a bursary for a limited number of conference participants who are either students or under-employed early career academics, in recognition of the significant contribution of these members of the ASCP. The bursary is named for a dear colleague and founding member of the ASCP who died in 2016.

HDR students and ECRs who submit an abstract are invited to apply by completing the application form (see the button below) and sending it to Richard Colledge []. Bursary applications will be assessed by an ASCP committee on the basis of a range of considerations including applicants’ access to forums in which to present their work, their stage of candidacy/career, the distance of travel required to attend the conference, and equity and diversity considerations.

Please refer to for information about the bursary and eligibility requirements.


If you have any queries regarding the conference please write to



  • Daniel Brennan
  • Alison Taylor
  • Russell McPhee



Naturalizing Aesthetics: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Emotion - Macquarie - 6 March

MacquarieNaturalizing Aesthetics: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Emotion

Book Panel and Workshop

Drama Studio, 10 Hadenfeld Avenue (Y3A), Room 187

Macquarie University

Friday March 6, 2020 (times to be announced)


Convenors: Karen Pearlman and Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie)

Participants: Karin Kukkonen (Oslo), Richard Menary (Macquarie), Karen Pearlman (Macquarie), Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie), Murray Smith (University of Kent), Jane Stadler (QUT), John Sutton (Macquarie)


Book Panel and Symposium

What can a naturalistic approach bring to the philosophy of art and film? Can a naturalist aesthetics meet the objections of sceptics and provide a robust account of art and aesthetic experience? What can naturalism offer to theorizing our emotional engagement with art and film? This event brings together philosophers and film theorists to explore the question of naturalizing aesthetics and how this might help bridge the divide between the humanities and the sciences. Murray Smith’s Film, Art and the Third Culture: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film (Oxford: 2017) has stimulated much debate in aesthetics and philosophy of film. Alluding to C.P. Snow’s famous account of the adversarial ‘two cultures’ (scientific and humanistic) and advocacy of a ‘third culture’ combining the two, Smith argues that a naturalized approach to aesthetics has much to offer contemporary philosophical understanding of art and the philosophical theorization of film. Philosophers and film theorists will address key claims in Smith’s work on the naturalization of aesthetics and examine how this might help us advance inquiry into the aesthetics of film.

Other symposium presentations will address the topic of naturalizing aesthetics from a variety of theoretical perspectives (cognitivism, phenomenology, film theory, literary theory moral psychology, and so on). Participants will explore how a naturalistic approach informs their work on art and culture but also what art and culture requires us to consider when using naturalistic approaches. Topics to be address include naturalism and aesthetics, theorising cinematic experience from a naturalistic perspective, the role of emotional engagement in evaluating cinema, and cognitive approaches to narrative and literature.

This event is generously supported by the Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University and the Centre for the History of Emotions node, Macquarie University.

For further information please contact Robert Sinnerbrink:


MSCP Evening School - Carlton - 9 Mar - 19 Jun

MSCP2014The Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy is proud to present the Evening School Semester 1 2020 curriculum. Three of the courses are 24 hours in length, while one is 16 hours long. Also the 1000 Plateaus course will be taught on two nights per week - it's the same course so don't enrol in both. As always significant discounts apply for those enrolling in multiple courses. If you have any questions which aren't in our FAQs please email

When: 9 March - 19 June 2020

Where: Church of All Nations (CAN), 180 Palmerston st, Carlton.

Mon 6.30-8.30pm
Starts 9 March
Gilles Deleuze: From Philosophy to Cinema
Lecturer: Dr Jon Roffe

Tues 6.30-8.30pm
Starts 10 March
Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus
Lecturer: Dr Jon Roffe

Wed 6.30-8.30pm
Starts 18 March
Eight Lessons on Love
Lecturer: Dr Russell Grigg

Thur 6.30-8.30pm
Starts 12 March
A Sceptical Style: Montaigne's Impressionism
Lecturer: Dr Valery Vinogradis

Fri 6.30-8.30pm
Starts 13 March
Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus
Lecturer: Dr Jon Roffe

Understanding and Explaining Skilled Performance - UoW - 26-27 Feb

UoWUnderstanding and Explaining Skilled Performance: Looking Across Traditions
Wednesday 26th to Thursday 27th February 2020
UOW Building 19, Northfield Avenue, University of Wollongong

Free Registration:

The School of Liberal Arts are proud to host a 2-day, Australian Research Council (ARC) supported conference: Understanding and Explaining Skilled Performance: Looking Across Traditions. The conference will focus on evaluating explanatory proposals about the cognitive basis of skilled performance, as well as considering what non-analytic philosophical traditions of thought and practice – phenomenology, pragmatism and Japanese Dō – can contribute to our understanding of the phenomenon under investigation. We anticipate this event will be an excellent opportunity to develop and disseminate research that will be published in the Synthese special issue connected to our project.

Event Venue: LHA Research Hub, Building 19, Room 2072

Confirmed speakers:
- Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis/University of Wollongong)
- Dennis Hemphill - (Victoria University/La Trobe University)
- Daniel D. Hutto (University of Wollongong)
- Jesús Ilundain-Agurruza (Linfield College)
- Yuko Ishihara (Ritsumeikan University)
- Michael Kirchhoff (University of Wollongong)
- Tetsuya Kono (Rikkyo University)
- Katsunori Miyahara (University of Wollongong)
- Carlotta Pavese (Cornell University)
- Sarah Pini (Macquarie University)
- Ian Robertson (University of Wollongong)
- Miguel Segundo-Ortin (University of Wollongong)
- Phillip Slater (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
- John Sutton (Macquarie University)


LCA Sexuation: Between Desire and Jouissance - Parkville - 11-12 July

The Lacan Circle of Australia presents:

International Conference: Sexuation: Between Desire and Jouissance

11 and 12 July 2020 at the Treacy Centre, Parkville, Melbourne


The semblants of sex come under scrutiny in analysis. This is because semblants sustain not only sexual identity but also the sexual encounter itself, taking the place of any possible sexual relationship.

On the male side, analysis reveals a desire sustained by phallicised semblants. As a man’s analysis progresses and he traverses his own particular fantasy, it is increasingly reduced to its bare elements. The phallic function and the underlying castration can become even more insistent, as Freud saw. He spoke of the rock of castration as an obstacle that a man encounters at the end of his analysis. This castrating effect of analysis is also indicated by how common it is for a man to express his phallic capacity in close synchronicity with his sessions—as if seeking to derive, post session, reassurance over his own potency.

For a woman, on the other hand, as the pathways of her desire unfold, she is inclined to encounter the inexistence of the Other and the futility of sacrifice. A woman’s scorn or cynicism can remind a man that his sublimations count for nothing where jouissance is concerned and that his attachment to his semblants is misplaced, since it bears no comparison to the real of jouissance. Women are closer to the real and also have a keener awareness of the fact that the phallus is a semblant. A woman’s desire naturally leads her to the barred A, whereas for the man the φ function is an obstacle to the reduction of the phallus to the status of a mere semblant.


Offers of papers on the above theme are welcome

The preference is for papers on clinical topics related to the conference theme

Papers on non-clinical topics will also be considered

Please send title and brief abstract for a 30-minute paper by Friday 14 February 2020 to

AAP 2020 - USyd - 5-9 July



  • Rae Langton
  • Stephen Gardiner
  • Michelle Kosch
  • Peter Godfrey-Smith

Key Dates

• Registration & Abstract Submission Open: Tuesday 04/02/20

• Postgraduate Presentation Prize Closes: 6.00pm AEST Friday 01/05/20

• Abstract Submissions Close: Friday 01/05/20

• Postgraduate Subsidy Applications Close: 6.00pm AEST Friday 08/05/20

• Early Bird Rate Closes: Friday 08/05/20



Platonisms and Ideas - MSCP - UniMelb - 7 March

MSCP2014The Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy is proud to present the following free seminar day on Platonisms and Ideas. Free registration is essential - please sign up via this link:

For Plato thinking always proceeds and is made possible through what he calls Ideas. Yet what Plato takes as constituting the ideas, their objective and subjective status, as well as the role that they play in his philosophy, shifts and changes over the course of the dialogues, precisely as he attempts to deal with how the universality of something like an idea can exist in the world. There is consequently in his work a variety of conceptions of ideas: ideas as models, ideas as unchanging unities, ideas as structures of relations, and of course the higher ideas, particularly the idea of the good, that are to govern all others. It is evident that what an idea was remained always a central and live question for Plato. This problem, and the various modalities of what constitutes an idea, also persists through certain lineages in the history of philosophy, up until today.  Think of German idealism, phenomenology, as well as in the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou, to name only a few. Within this history, the different modalities of the ideas give rise to a variety of conceptions of what Platonism was, is, or should be. For example, for Heidegger, via Nietzsche, the fundamental conception of ideas is that of models in relation to copies, which is the origin of the sickness of the western world. For Kant, the ideas are a necessary part of reason that unifies our knowledge, but whose use can, and should be restricted, while for others, such as Albert Lautman, a certain received image of Platonism is to be rejected in favour of a reinterpretation of the ideas in the later dialogues. The objective of this seminar day is to interrogate these various theories of ideas, and hence also the possible forms of Platonism. In doing so, we hope to gain some clarity about what ideas can be today.


  • Jon Roffe, Two Experimental Platonisms: Ruyer and Deleuze on ideal structure and material formation.
  • Luara Karlson-Carp, Irigaray's Other Plato: Hylomorphism and Difference in the Myth of the Cave.
  • John Cleary: Ideas and the Dialectic of Structure: Albert Lautman's Mathematical Platonism.
  • AJ. Bartlett, Without Ideas, We have Nothing.

Date: Saturday, March 7 from 10am - 5pm.

Venue: University of Melbourne, Arts West, North Wing-153 (Forum Theatre)

Register Here:

MSCP Summer School 2020

MSCP2014The MSCP Summer School 2020 begins next week with five five-week courses starting Monday - Friday.  Also note that all courses are available for distance enrolment and you can enrol in a mixture of attendance and distance courses. As always, substantial discounts apply when enrolling in multiple courses.

When: 13 Jan - 21 Feb 2020

Where: Church of All Nations (CAN), 180 Palmerston st, Carlton.


For Full Details and Enrolment please visit:


2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Mon 6.30-8.30pm Starts 13 Jan

“A Thought from Outside:” the unthought in Blanchot, Foucault and Deleuze

Lecturer: Tim Deane-Freeman


Tues 6.30-8.30pm Starts 14 Jan


Lecturer: Dr Valery Vinogradovs


Wed 6.30-8.30pm Starts 15 Jan

Castoriadis: a militant philosopher? Poiesis, Power and Historicity

Lecturer: Sean McMorrow


Thurs 6.30-8.30pm Starts 16 Jan

Plato and the Philosophy of the Unsayable: Discovering the radical Plato that Analytic Philosophy can never know

Lecturer: Bernard Lewin


Fri 6.30-8.30pm Starts 17 Jan

Mythos and Logos: An Introduction to Philosophical Approaches to Myth

Lecturer: Dr James Kent


2 hours per day for 5 days (All starting Feb 17)

10.30am-12.30pm 17-21 Feb

Sartre’s Critique: The Dialectical Logic of Existential Marxism

Lecturer: Austin Hayden Smidt


1pm-3pm 17-21 Feb

The Ambiguous Ethics and Politics of Simone de Beauvoir

Lecturer: Sameema Zahra


3.30pm-5.30pm 17-21 Feb

A philosopher, a painter and a poet walked into a pub... Part 2: Further conversations in thinking poetically

Lecturer: Dr Rachel Joy


6pm-8pm 17-21 Feb

Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus

Lecturer: Dr Jon Roffe


Note: Most of the events listed on the ASCP website are not hosted by the ASCP.  Events posted here are considered to be of interest to the Australasian continental philosophy community.

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