The Twenty-first Century Body: Thinking Merleau-Ponty In and Out of Time

Photographer: Marcel Amson

Os copiamos esta convocatoria por si os interesa y estáis con trabajos sobre Merleau-Ponty:

The 40th Annual Meeting of the
International Merleau-Ponty Circle
October 1-3, 2015 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, Massachusetts
The Twenty-first Century Body: Thinking Merleau-Ponty In and Out of Time

Keynote Speaker: Etienne Bimbenet, Université Jean Moulin – Lyon III Additional Speakers TBA
Evolving phenomena such as globalized economies, the internet and virtual reality, post-modern political systems of power and resistance, biomedical engineering and surgical technologies, and alternative modes of temporal and aesthetic experience cultivate new kinds of bodies and structure new networks of body-to-body relationships. In the last decade and as these corporeal shifts are taking place, academic interest in the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty has been steadily increasing across a number of disciplines. This trend opens the question of whether his thinking, with its emphases on embodiment, relational ontology, ambiguity, and interdisciplinary inquiry, is especially suited to illuminating the complexities of life in the twenty-first century.
The focus of this inter and multidisciplinary conference is to investigate the varied ways that Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological philosophy speaks and does not speak to our twenty-first century bodies and the multiple challenges that situate and enliven them. Interrogating this theme thus leads us to consider the ways that Merleau-Ponty’s thought is ahead of its time, tied to its time, and beyond time and context. More important, these questions ask us to explore the intimacy between our own bodies and the body of our time—that fully material zeitgeist that is our present, yet also holds our past and future, our regrets and possibilities.
Paper submissions of no more than 3,000 words accompanied by a 200 word abstract should be sent to by June 1, 2015. Please place papers and abstracts together in one document that is suitable for anonymous review and also send a title page with contact information in a separate document. The conference features the annual M.C. Dillon Memorial Lecture, which is an honor and monetary award conferred upon the best graduate student submission and includes publication in Chiasmi International. Participants wishing to be considered for the Dillon award should indicate this in the title page.
Alternative presentation styles such as artistic performances or installations, interviews, and demonstrations will also be considered for inclusion in the conference activities, either in the main program or as an optional event depending on content. In these cases, please send a proposal of 500-750 words suitable for anonymous review that explains the nature of the presentation and its rationale for inclusion as well as a title page with contact information. Notification of acceptance will occur by June 30, 2015.
Questions should be addressed to the conference director, Jennifer Mc W eeny, at jmcweeny@wpi. edu