‘Freedom – The Beginning and End of All Philosophy’
A Symposium on the Philosophy of FWJ Schelling
Co-organized by the Department of Philosophy at Temple University
and the International Center for Philosophy at Bonn University
October 4-5, 2013
Jennifer Dobe (Grinnell College, USA)
Michael Forster (University of Bonn, Germany)
Markus Gabriel (University of Bonn, Germany)
Marcela Garcia (Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico)
Sebastian Gardner (University College London, UK)
Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins, USA)
Dalia Nassar (Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA; University of Sidney, Sidney Australia)
Lara Ostaric (Temple University, USA)
Richard Velkley (Tulane University, USA)
Eric Watkins (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Jason Wirth (Seattle University, USA)
The sponsors for this event include: The Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium, The University of Bonn International Center for Philosophy, the Department of Philosophy at Temple University, the Office of International Affairs at Temple University, and the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT)-Temple University.
For more information: http://schelling2013.weebly.com/index.html
call for submissions
TRANSLATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS—SECOND SESSION—2013
French Voices Award — Hemingway Grant — Acquisition of Rights
We are pleased to announce that the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Institut français and FACE are now accepting applications for the second 2013 session of their translation assistance programs. The publication date of the submitted title must be scheduled after March 2014.
The Book Department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy works with FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), the Institut français and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to promote French and Francophone literature and to encourage English translations of French fiction and non-fiction. To that effect, it provides and oversees three bi-annual programs concerning translations from French into English of works that have not yet been published in the United States. The French Voices Award, Hemingway Grants and Acquisition of Rights Grants are awarded to fiction and non-fiction translations (including children’s books, comics and digital books).
To facilitate the application process, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy offers a single online application process. By filling out a form and uploading the necessary documents, you can apply directly online to the three following programs:
French Voices Awards
The French Voices Awards honor both translators and American publishers for English translations of works that have been published in France in the last 6 years. Award recipients are selected by a literary committee. Each book receives a $6,000 award, shared by the American publisher ($4,000) and the translator ($2,000) ($5,000 and $1,000 respectively in case of a comic book or picture book).
Hemingway Grants allow publishers to receive financial help for the translation and publication of a French work into English. Grant beneficiaries are selected by the Book Department of the French Embassy in the United States. Grants awarded for each work range from $500 to $6,000.
Acquisition of Rights Grants
The Institut français helps American publishers offset the cost of acquiring the rights to French works. Grant beneficiaries are selected by the Institut français in Paris. The amount awarded cannot exceed the amount of the advance paid to the French Publisher for the acquisition of rights and varies from 500 to 7,000 euros.
For access to the online application and guidelines, please visit us online.
The deadline for the second 2013 session is August 30th, 2013.
Results will be announced on FrenchCulture.org
The short-list for this session will be published on December 15, 2013.
Awards will be announced on January 20, 2014. This announcement will be followed by personal letters or emails to all applicants.
For the 2006-2012 titles seeking an American publisher, a translation sample is available upon request.
We thank you for your interest in our grant programs and look forward to receiving your applications.
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Call for Papers
The Fifth Biennial Meeting
International Herbert Marcuse Society
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
November 7-9, 2013
“Emancipation, New Sensibility,
and the Challenge of a New Era:
Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy”
“Social theory is supposed to analyze existing societies in the light of their own functions and capabilities and to identify demonstrable tendencies (if any) which might lead beyond the existing state of affairs. By logical inference from the prevailing conditions and institutions, critical theory may also be able to determine the basic institutional changes which are the prerequisites for the transition to a higher stage of development: “higher” in the sense of a more rational and equitable use of resources, minimization of destructive conflicts, and enlargement of the realm of freedom. But beyond these limits, critical theory did not venture for fear of losing its scientific character. I believe that this restrictive conception must be revised, and that the revision is suggested, and even necessitated, by the actual evolution of contemporary societies.”
–Herbert Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation, 1969
The International Herbert Marcuse Society (IHMS) is an atypical gathering of the community of academics, scholars and activists who labor together in an attempt to help the specter of liberation that haunts our society materialize in the concrete lives of oppressed people. For this reason, we bring together not only Marcuse scholars, but scholars and activists from a wide range of disciplines. We are interested in connecting with all people who participate in the “Great Refusal” by trying to transform our society in theory and practice. The IHMS emerged as a response to our current social, political, philosophical, and historical situation. In short, we have witnessed the apparent domination of one-dimensional thinking.
However, the control of society by one-dimensional thinking has never been complete. One-dimensional thinking has always been challenged but not overthrown by an antagonistic specter. Marx spoke of the specter of communism. Arnold Farr has spoken of the specter of liberation. Mark Cobb has spoken of Marcuse’s ghost. Derrida has spoken of the specter of Marx. Even as one-dimensional thinking takes its throne, no coronation is in the works.
“A Specter is haunting Europe—the specter of communism.”
Communist Manifesto, 1848
“There is a specter haunting western philosophy—the specter of liberation.”
Critical Theory and Democratic Vision: Marcuse and Recent Liberation Philosophies, 2009
“The specters of Marx. Why this plural? Would there be more than one of them?”
Specters of Marx, 1993
Derrida was right to speak of multiple hauntings. Today we are confronted by the haunting of Marcuse, suggesting that his work is as relevant in 2013 as it was in the 1960s and 70s. Marcuse’s work itself embodies a multiplicity of specters, specters of liberation. This is the point of the long opening quotation from Marcuse. On one level, (Marcusean) critical/social theory discloses the specters of liberation in terms of the possibilities that exist within the present mode of social organization. This is the function of critical/social theory in what Marcuse has called its restricted operation. At another level, critical/social theory transcends the present form of social organization to reveal the specter of utopian visions that haunt the present reality principle. However, he reminds us that the Utopian vision is not one with content insofar as our society has reached a level of technological development that makes liberation possible. We are beyond the threat of scarcity. However, what is at issue here is the blocking of liberation by the very forces that make it possible.
In 2011, the IHMS conference was entitled “Critical Refusals.” We chose this title because we wanted to bring together scholars and activists who were all engaged in some kind of “Great Refusal” through their work. We wanted to bring together people who were engaged in critical projects even though they may not be Marcuse scholars. Marcuse and his work are still at the core of the IHMS. However, Marcuse’s project is carried out best when it is put into conversation with other theorists and activists who are doing critical and transformative work. The 2013 conference will be organized according to this same principle. We welcome papers and projects from all who are seeking serious engagement and social transformation.
Please send papers and abstracts to: Arnold L. Farr email@example.com.
Deadline for abstracts: No later than July 1, 2013.
Abstracts: must be no more than 500 words and should include both a title and 3-5 keywords to assist with paneling in the event your abstract is chosen for presentation.
Notification: July 31, 2013.
Papers: final versions should be no more than 3000 words written with standard formatting and 12-point font.
*”Music, Marxism, and the Frankfurt School,” International Conference,
CALL FOR PAPERS
The group of intellectual left-wing German thinkers known as the Frankfurt
School, active in Frankfurt from the late-1920s and later in the US and
Germany, focused their critical attention on culture, asking how it
affected people’s political outlook and activities. Their powerful
admixture of philosophy, sociology, and cultural critique played a key role
in modernism in the German cultural sphere. Their conception of culture as
a repository of new values continues to impact and influence how we in the
twenty-first century think about art and culture, particularly music.
The international conference “Music, Marxism, and the Frankfurt School”
will give sustained attention to the rich and fascinating interaction
between music and the socio-cultural and aesthetic theory of Marxist
writers in the Austro-German sphere, including members of the Frankfurt
School. The conference committee welcomes submissions from a diverse field
of interdisciplinary scholars, as outlined in the Call for Papers. The
Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Professor Max Paddison (Durham
University). The conference is hosted by the School of Music, University
College Dublin. It is sponsored and co-funded by the FP7 Marie Curie
Actions of the European Commission, and is carried out in association with
the Society for Musicology in Ireland, and the Department of Music,
University of California, Irvine. The deadline for submissions is 31
December 2013. Please see http://www.musicandthefrankfurtschool.com for
Ὁ βίος βραχύς, ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή.
Dr Nicole Grimes
Marie Curie Fellow
Department of Music, University of California, Irvine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
School of Music, University College Dublin (email@example.com)
Online Profile on Academia.edu <http://uci.academia.edu/NicoleGrimes/About>
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Now Available: *The Quilting Points of Musical Modernism*, by J. P. E.
For more information see www.cambridge.org/9780521765213
Dr J. P. E. Harper-Scott | Reader in Musicology and Theory
Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London
Golden Pages: http://goldenpages.jpehs.co.uk/
Call for Papers
6th International Conference for Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS)
“Connecting Narrative Worlds”
Istanbul, 6-9 November 2013
ICIDS is the premier international conference on research and practice covering interactive narrative experiences such as video game narratives, interactive storytelling, interactive drama, and interactive installation art concerned with storytelling. Bringing together researchers, practitioners and theorists presenting cutting-edge works, qualitative and quantitative research, advanced computational narrative techniques and innovative theoretical perspectives, ICIDS serves as the main event for exchanging ideas and perspectives on combining narrative and interactivity for an exciting new form of human expression that redefines the relationship between creators and audiences.
Interactive Digital Storytelling is an exciting area in which narrative, computer science and digital arts converge to create new expressive forms. The combination of narrative and computation has a considerable untapped potential: from artistic projects to journalistic communication, from assistive technologies and intelligent agents to serious games, education and entertainment.
The ICIDS conference series has a long-standing tradition of bringing together theoretical and practical approaches in an interdisciplinary dialogue. The motto for ICIDS 2013 “Connecting Narrative Worlds” expresses this need to build bridges of understanding across different fields to make even better use of the immense potential of interactive narrative. The objective of ICIDS 2013 is to promote understanding and dialogue between A.I. researchers, designers, transmedia and digital artists, narratologists and digital game scholars.
We welcome practical work and theoretical inquiries from fields related to computer science – including (but not limited to) artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, natural language generation and understanding or automated story generation. We invite contributions on the current and future usage scenarios from digital artists, transmedia producers and game designers: original pieces of Interactive Digital Narrative (IDN) may be presented, as well as post-mortem discussions of completed projects. Finally, we ask for submissions from the fields of semiotics, narratology, media studies, digital humanities and interactive arts criticism: interested scholars may focus on improved schemas for describing and critiquing Interactive Digital Narratives as well as analyses discussing narrative features across digital media.
We welcome research papers and demonstrations – including interactive narrative art – presenting new scientific results, interactive narrative theory, innovative technologies, case studies, creative insights, best practice showcases, or improvements to existing techniques and approaches in the research field of Interactive Digital Storytelling and its possible applications in other fields, e.g. video games, virtual/online worlds, e-learning, training, and edutainment. We are planning to have a space for art work/demonstrations that will be open (and attended by security) for the duration of the conference. We plan to issue a specific call for artworks closer to the conference.
Suggested research topics for contributions include, but are not limited to:
1) Technological, theoretical, and aesthetic issues in all areas of interactive narrative
2) Interactive Digital Narrative systems, authoring tools and practical/artistic projects
3) Video game narrative
4) User experience reports and evaluations of interactive digital narratives
5) Innovative narrative applications of artificial intelligence
6) Multi-user IDNs: social applications, ubiquitous computing and collaborative environments
7) New frontiers and concrete applications: IDNs and intelligent agents as art pieces, games or tools
Workshops are an integral part of ICIDS. A separate call for workshops will be issued at a later date.
All submissions must follow the Lecture Notes in Computer Science format, available at:
Papers must be written in English, and only electronic submissions in PDF format will be considered for review.
The submission categories accepted are:
Full papers (8-12 pages in the proceedings) describing interesting, novel results or completed work in all areas of IDS and its applications.
Short papers (4-6 pages in the proceedings) presenting exciting preliminary work or novel thought-provoking ideas that are in their early stages.
Demonstrations and posters (2-4 pages in the proceedings) describing working, presentable systems or brief explanations of a research project.
Submissions that receive high ratings in the peer review process will be selected for publication by the program committee as Springer LNCS conference proceedings. For the final print-ready version, the submission of source files (Microsoft Word/LaTeX, TIF/EPS) and a signed copyright form will be required.
All submissions will be processed using the EasyChair system. Authors are advised to register a new account well in advance of the paper submission deadline:
The review process for ICIDS will be double blind. Authors should remove all identifying information from their submissions.
Deadline: June 14, 2013 Submission deadline for full and short papers, demonstrations and posters proposals. The precise deadline for paper submissions is 11:59PM on June 14, 2013, Hawaii Standard Time. Authors are strongly advised to upload their submissions well in advance of this deadline.
July 21, 2013 Accept/reject notifications sent to authors.
August 14, 2013 Camera-ready copy due.
November 6 – 9, 2013 ICIDS Conference Dates.
This conference is organized by the Games & Narrative research group and hosted by Bahçeşehir University Game Lab (BUG) and organized in collaboration with the Turkish Chapter of the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA).
Tonguc Ibrahim Sezen
Local Arrangements Chair
Additional information about the conference can be found online at:
ICIDS conference series:
Conference home page:
Questions about the conference should be directed to the organizers via email at:
A few more of the latest:
A Companion to Meister Eckhart
edited by Jeremiah M. Hackett (Brill)
From the publisher: This book meets an obvious need in English language studies on Meister Eckhart. It is the first handbook on Eckhart for graduate and undergraduate students. It is divided into three parts. Part one deals with the life, works, career, and trial; Greek, Jewish, and Arabic philosophical sources, and some central philosophical ideas. Part two examines Eckhart as a Latin exegete, vernacular preacher, Eckhart’s understanding of God, Eckhart as a reader of Maimonides and in relation to women’s spirituality. Part three deals with the reception of Eckhart and his works from the fourteenth century to the twenty-first century. It covers fourteenth-century German readers of Eckhart, the fifteenth-century reader Nicholas of Cusa, the sixteenth-seventeenth-century reader Valentine Weigel, the reception of Eckhart in German idealism and romanticism and Eckhart and philosophy in the twentieth century. There is an epilogue on mysticism and philosophy in Eckhart and an appendix on Dominican education in the Middle Ages. Contributors include Walter Senner OP, Allesandra Beccarisi, Dagmar Gottschall, Loris Sturlese, Tamar Tsopurashvili, Jennifer Hart Weed, Jeremiah Hackett, Udo Kern, Alessandro Palazzo, Eliza Rubino, Donald F. Duclow, Bruce Millem, Markus Enders, Yossef Schwartz, Lydia Wegener, Jack C. Marler, Nadia Bray, Elizabeth Brient, Fiorella Rettucci, Andrew Weeks, Cyril O’Regan, Dermot Moran, Karl Albert and Paul Dietrich.
Anthropology Confronts the Problems of the Modern World
by Claude Lévi-Strauss, translated by Jane Marie Todd (Harvard University Press)
From the publisher: Anthropology Confronts the Problems of the Modern World is the first English translation of a series of lectures Claude Lévi-Strauss delivered in Tokyo in 1986. Written with an eye toward the future as his own distinguished career was drawing to a close, this volume presents a synthesis of the author’s major ideas about structural anthropology, a field he helped establish. Critiquing insights of his earlier writings on the relationship between race, history, and civilization, Lévi-Strauss revisits the social issues that never ceased to fascinate him. He begins with the observation that the cultural supremacy enjoyed by the West for over two centuries is at an end. Global wars and genocides in the twentieth century have fatally undermined Western faith in humanity’s improvement through scientific progress. Anthropology, however, can be the vehicle of a new “democratic humanism,” broadening traditional frameworks that have restricted cross-cultural understandings of the human condition, and providing a basis for inquiries into what other civilizations, such as those of Asia, can teach. Surveying a world on the brink of the twenty-first century, Lévi-Strauss assesses some of the dilemmas of cultural and moral relativism a globalized society faces—ethical dimensions of economic inequality, the rise of different forms of religious fundamentalism, the promise and peril of genetic and reproductive engineering. A laboratory of thought opening onto the future, Anthropology Confronts the Problems of the Modern World is an important addition to the canon of one of the twentieth-century’s most influential theorists.
You Must Change Your Life: On Anthropotechnics
by Peter Sloterdijk (Polity Press)
From the publisher: In his major investigation into the nature of humans, Peter Sloterdijk presents a critique of myth – the myth of the return of religion. For it is not religion that is returning; rather, there is something else quite profound that is taking on increasing significance in the present: the human as a practising, training being, one that creates itself through exercises and thereby transcends itself. Rainer Maria Rilke formulated the drive towards such self-training in the early twentieth century in the imperative ‘You must change your life’. In making his case for the expansion of the practice zone for individuals and for society as a whole, Sloterdijk develops a fundamental and fundamentally new anthropology. The core of his science of the human being is an insight into the self-formation of all things human. The activity of both individuals and collectives constantly comes back to affect them: work affects the worker, communication the communicator, feelings the feeler. It is those humans who engage expressly in practice that embody this mode of existence most clearly: farmers, workers, warriors, writers, yogis, rhetoricians, musicians or models. By examining their training plans and peak performances, this book offers a panorama of exercises that are necessary to be, and remain, a human being.
Philosophos: Plato’s Missing Dialogue
by Mary Louise Gill (Oxford University Press)
From the publisher: Plato famously promised to complement the Sophist and the Statesman with another work on a third sort of expert, the philosopher–but we do not have this final dialogue. Mary Louise Gill argues that Plato promised the Philosopher, but did not write it, in order to stimulate his audience and encourage his readers to work out, for themselves, the portrait it would have contained. The Sophist and Statesman are themselves members of a larger series starting with the Theaetetus, Plato’s investigation of knowledge, and the whole series relies on the Parmenides, the second part of which presents a philosophical exercise, introduced as the first step in a larger philosophical program. Gill contends that the dialogues leading up to the missing Philosopher, though they reach some substantive conclusions, are philosophical exercises of various sorts designed to train students in dialectic, the philosopher’s method; and that a second version of the Parmenides exercise, closely patterned on it, spans parts of the Theaetetus and Sophist and brings the philosopher into view. This is the exercise about being, the subject-matter studied by Plato’s philosopher. Plato hides the pieces of the puzzle and its solution in plain sight, forcing his students (and modern readers) to dig out the pieces and reconstruct the project. Gill reveals how, in finding the philosopher through the exercise, the student becomes a philosopher by mastering his methods. She shows that the target of Plato’s exercise is internally related to its pedagogical purpose.
Saul Kripke : Puzzles and Mysteries
by John Burgess (Polity Press)
From the publisher: Saul Kripke has been a major influence on analytic philosophy and allied fields for a half-century and more. His early masterpiece, Naming and Necessity, reversed the pattern of two centuries of philosophizing about the necessary and the contingent. Although much of his work remains unpublished, several major essays have now appeared in print, most recently in his long-awaited collection Philosophical Troubles. In this book Kripke’s long-time colleague, the logician and philosopher John P. Burgess, offers a thorough and self-contained guide to all of Kripke’s published books and his most important philosophical papers, old and new. It also provides an authoritative but non-technical account of Kripke’s influential contributions to the study of modal logic and logical paradoxes. Although Kripke has been anything but a system-builder, Burgess expertly uncovers the connections between different parts of his oeuvre. Kripke is shown grappling, often in opposition to existing traditions, with mysteries surrounding the nature of necessity, rule-following, and the conscious mind, as well as with intricate and intriguing puzzles about identity, belief and self-reference. Clearly contextualizing the full range of Kripke’s work, Burgess outlines, summarizes and surveys the issues raised by each of the philosopher’s major publications. Kripke will be essential reading for anyone interested in the work of one of analytic philosophy’s greatest living thinkers.
DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
The Department of Philosophy at Dalhousie University invites applications for a 10 month Limited Term Appointment at the Assistant Professor/Lecturer level, effective August 1, 2013. This position is subject to budgetary approval. Areas of specialization: Metaphysics, Epistemology. Areas of competence: Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind. The Department also needs classes taught in Understanding Scientific Reasoning and Intro.
The successful applicant will teach courses at introductory, intermediate and advanced undergraduate/graduate levels, with some limited graduate student supervision and committee work. Excellence in teaching and research is required. Applicants must hold (or be about to receive) a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Salary will depend upon qualifications and experience. Course load will be 3 and 3.
Applications should include: a complete curriculum vitae, transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), writing sample, teaching dossier (including evidence of teaching effectiveness), a statement of research and teaching interests and philosophies, and three confidential letters of recommendation (in hard copy, forwarded separately by the referees). A record of publication will be an asset.
Applications should be sent to Duncan MacIntosh, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University, 6135 University Avenue, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2. (Please use firstname.lastname@example.org for correspondence). The closing date for applications is April 30, 2013.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women.