Conferences and Lectures

Outside Lecture

20th Annual Conference Sponsored by the Philosophy Graduate Student Union (PGSU)

March 13-14, 2015
Villanova University

New Encounters in French and Italian Thought
Keynote: Jason E. Smith, Art College Center of Design (Los Angeles)  

The negotiation between French and Italian activists and intellectuals in the mid-twentieth century opened a field of theoretical experimentation, the effects of which pose a challenge for contemporary politics. This encounter materialized through various collectives, traversing the neat intellectual and practical boundaries of the academy. Whether through the images of intellectuals in the streets, or through radical activist groups extending from the Situationist International to Tiqqun, the laboratory of French and Italian thought poses a constellation of conceptual weapons that remain vital for any contestation with the state of things. These implements have been successful in intervening within contemporary struggles on the level of theory, practice, and the construction of history in the present.

Under the inheritance of this tradition, this conference will include submissions from the interstices and margins of recent French and Italian philosophy. Return to this site after February 1st, 2015 for the final program.  


Exploring Collaborative Contestations and Diversifying Philosophy

May 28-30, 2015 

Hypatia and the APA Committee on the Status of Women have joined forces to offer an exciting conference event.  Two conferences will be held in conjunction with one another, together with an array of workshops on everything from publishing in philosophy to bystander training. 

Stay for an extra day to join us for the CSW Site Visit Training Program.  To apply to be a participant in the Site Visit Training see and click on "Site Visit Program.”

North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics
Tenth annual meeting
Society Hill Sheraton, Philadelphia
September 17–19, 2015
Hosted by Villanova University
Call for Papers
Keynote Speaker
John Sallis, Boston College
The Future(s) of Hermeneutics
A panel discussion with
John D. Caputo, Villanova University
Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame
James Risser, Seattle University
Invited Speakers
Maria Acosta, DePaul University
Robert Dostal, Bryn Mawr College
Niall Keane, University of Limerick
Sean Kirkland, DePaul University

Submission Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2015. Papers on all themes related to philosophical hermeneutics are welcome. Sessions will consist of 30 minute presentations of papers followed by discussion. In the spirit of dialogue and meaningful reflection, presenters will be invited to make their papers available to be read in advance.
While time to present papers is limited to 30 minutes, submissions may be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.
Papers in English, formatted for blind review, must be submitted electronically to
A!ttachments in *.doc, *.pdf, or *.rtf format are preferable.

The North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics (NASPH) was established in 2005 to advance the
study of Hans-Georg Gadamer, major figures and themes associated with the tradition of hermeneutics, as well as
the dialogues that have formed between hermeneutics and deconstruction, critical theory, and other contemporary
movements of philosophy. NASPH not only focuses on philosophical hermeneutics as an important area of inquiry
in its own right but also recognizes hermeneutics as a distinctive philosophical orientation that is central to many
a!pproaches in continental European philosophy and the history of philosophy.
Please direct inquires about the conference to the conference organizer Walter Brogan at Please direct inquires about the society to Theodore George or
see our website at

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