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CFP: Ricoeur Studies Conference

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October 5-7, 2017, Boston MA

The Society for Ricoeur Studies is pleased to announce the theme of the 2017 conference “Phronesis, Faith, and the Task of Envisioning a Social Global Imaginary”. The conference will be hosted by the Boston College Philosophy Department. We are pleased to announce that the SRS keynote speakers are Professor Sophie-Jan Arrien (Université Laval) and Professor Richard Kearney (Boston College).

We welcome submissions that address the influence of Ricoeur’s thought inside and outside the discipline of philosophy, such as but not limited to aesthetics, architecture, art practice, counselling, cultural studies, economics, education, feminism, health care, jurisprudence, literary theory, medicine, music, nursing, political science, psychiatry, religious studies, sociology, and theology.


Please submit an abstract of approximately 300-500 words without any author-identifying information. In your email, please include the paper’s title, the author’s name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address. Abstracts and papers may be in English, French, or Spanish. Please note that finished papers should be no longer than twenty minutes when read aloud (roughly 3000 words).


Proposals for a panel discussion of a theme, a book, or an author related to Ricoeur are also welcome. The proposal should include a brief description (300-500 words) of the topic, the names of the panel members, and, as a separate document, the abstracts for each presentation (300-500 words). Panels will last for a period of 1 hour 30 minutes (or what comes to 3 x 20 minute presentations with 30 minutes of discussion). In your email, please include the panel’s title along with the panel members’ names, institutional affiliations, mailing addresses, and email addresses.

New Scholars and Graduate Students Roundtable

New scholars and graduate students are encouraged to send in an abstract (300-500 words) for a panel around the theme of the conference, or any other theme related to the work of Paul Ricoeur. We intend to ask scholars visiting the conference to act as respondents to the papers. Please send the abstracts to Dr. Annemie Halsema (j.m.halsema@vu.nl) and Dr. Marjolaine Deschênes (Marjolaine.Deschenes@uqtr.ca) no later than April 14, 2017.

Members must be in good standing (i.e. current on their membership fees) to submit an abstract proposal and to present at the Society’s conference. Membership dues are valid from September 1 to August 31. Members who paid dues at last year’s conference will remain in good standing until August 31, 2017. If your membership dues are not currently up-to-date, you can pay them through PayPal on the Society’s website (http://ricoeursociety.org/). N.B. you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay via PayPal.


SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: Dr. Todd Mei at t.s.mei@kent.ac.uk. Abstracts and panel proposals accepted for conference presentations will be published on the Society’s website prior to the conference. If you prefer not to have your submission published there, please inform Todd in your submission email.

Abstracts and panel proposals will be reviewed blind by a committee. Notification of acceptance will be given via email by June 16, 2017.

Information regarding conference fees and hotel accommodations will be sent out in the near future.