Time for a PANEL!

December 9, 2008

Call for Abstracts
Reason and Desire:
Second Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference.
University of Guelph

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Graeme Nicholson, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
Conference Date: March 27th and 28th, 2009
The University of Guelph Philosophy Graduate Student Association invites submissions from graduate students from any discipline to explore the concepts of reason and desire. We welcome all submissions that take up these concepts either individually or in relation to each other.

Reason and desire have had a permanent yet variable relationship throughout the history of Western Philosophy. Whether in the work of Plato, Medieval philosophy, Hegel or contemporary Continental and Analytic philosophy, reason and desire have not only fuelled the theoretical content of philosophy, but also the practice of philosophy. The conference will be structured so as to cultivate the space for a working discussion, where we can think through and critique the concepts reason and desire. Given the interdisciplinary climate of the modern university, theoretical exchange between the disciplines can open up new areas of fruitful discussion, pushing us to the threshold of our understanding and enabling us to return to the fundamental questions that concern us.

By embracing the challenge of exploring the complex relationship between reason and desire, it is our intent to provide a space for working through the central aims of philosophy, and the practice of philosophy itself.

Abstracts (600 words) will be accepted until January 23rd, 2009. Abstracts must be submitted electronically in blind-review format to: pgsaconf@uoguelph.ca. For more information please visit our website at: http://www.uoguelph.ca/philosophy or contact us at pgsaconf@uoguelph.ca.

Once an abstract is accepted we will request a final paper that must be suitable for a 20 minute presentation (approximately 2,500-3,000 words).


6 Responses to “Time for a PANEL!”

  1. battleofthegiants said

    We should talk about this on Wednesday.

    And since the Thing did such a brilliant job of the last application, I hereby nominate him to do the same this time. ;)


  2. The Universal Singular said

    I won’t be at tomorrow’s meeting, but keep me posted on this. What will you all be writing on?

  3. sonnyburnett said

    I’m interested, but before I commit, I have some (naive) questions, as I’ve never been part of such an academnic conference.

    Are we to submit individual papers or a jointly conceived paper?

    What happens at the conference, is the paper presented, then questions/comments are taken?

    What is everyone thinking would be an thesis/approach?

    My immediate idea is, we only have about 8 pages to write, not a whole lot to develop something. But on the other hand, since it’s a non-lacanian audience for the most part, if we give a Zizekian reading of these concepts, it’ll have to be somewhat introductory.

    So I’m thinking a high-level Zizekian reading of Kant & Hegel’s understanding of Reason. We find that all over the place in Z’s books, but I mostly know it from For They…

    Another thought is, we are about to read Lacan’s Ethics seminar, and that is all about a critique of pure desire, which as we just read, can be thought of as the 4th critique to Kant’s 3 and underlying those 3.

    Those are my initial thoughts. What are others thinking?

    My big worry is, we go into a philosophy conference, present papers & get clobbered by the non-Zizekian Kantians & Hegelians. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know enough yet about non-Zizekian readings of K & H to defend Zizek’s thought other than perhaps Allison’s work on K. And those few other places in which he give a nod to or further develops a K or H commentators ideas (like Findlay).

  4. battleofthegiants said

    First we come up with an over-arching idea for a panel, and then we each prepare a 8-10 page paper on that topic to present. After the presentation, there is usually a discussion.

    Maybe we could take up the “4th Critique” idea somehow, and read the Ethics as well as Kant’s Second Critique…

    I wanna write about Zizek and Lukacs; but I don’t think it would be hard to talk about reason and desire and have you do Kant, and everyone else take a different tack. We could even just put all our ideas under the rubric of Lacanian psychoanalysis or simply Zizek, and I’m sure they’d be all over it.

  5. sonnyburnett said

    Sounds like fun, I’m not dissuaded yet.

    Though I won’t be able to give it serious thought until after the holidays – still swamped with the application process.

    What do others think?

  6. battleofthegiants said

    We could even use this conference to cut our teeth to present the same (yet more developed) papers at this conference:

    Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy

    Call for Papers

    The Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy will hold its annual conference on October 15 – 17, 2009, at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, London.

    We invite papers or panels on any theme relevant to the broad concerns of continental philosophy. Please submit complete papers (no more than 4500 words) and a brief abstract (150 words). If you are submitting a panel proposal, send only a 750 word abstract for each paper. Please prepare your paper for blind review as an attachment in Word.

    All submissions (in French or English) must be sent electronically

    by June 1, 2009, to:

    Antonio Calcagno, CSCP Local Coordinator, acalcagn@uwo.ca

    If you are a graduate student, please identify yourself as such in order to be eligible for the graduate student essay prize. The winner will be announced at the annual conference and considered for publication in the following spring issue of Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy.

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