The International Merleau-Ponty Circle is an organization of students, professors, and scholars interested in the thought of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. It was founded in 1976 and convenes once a year, usually in late summer or early fall, at various colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. During this annual three day conference, philosophers, psychologists, historians, social scientists, health care specialists, political theorists, artists and like-minded professionals present papers on different aspects of Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy as well as its interrelations with recent Continental philosophy and theory.  Conference directors have often arranged for publication of conference papers. There are approximately 750 members in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Membership in the Circle is open and you can also join our Facebook group. Donations to the M. C. Dillon Memorial Fund can be made here. See our page about the Circle for further information, or contact our General Secretary, Prof. Gail Weiss,, The George Washington University, DC, or our Associate General Secretary, Prof. David Morris,, Concordia University, Montreal. Any questions or concerns about this website should be directed to IMPC webmaster Rawb Leon-Carlyle,

Annual Conference

The Forty-Second Annual Conference of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle will be held at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference dates are November 2-4, 2017 and the theme of the conference is “The Significance of Place”.  The conference is directed by Prof. Ann Murphy. Keynote address will be delivered by Rosalyn Diprose (University of New South Wales) and Gayle Salamon (Princeton University). The annual conference features the M. C. Dillon prize and lecture for the best graduate student paper submission.

Those interested in attending should consult the conference program and visit the conference website.

Related Calls for Papers

13th Geo-Aesthetics Conference: Narratives from the World of the Sensible
March 18-19, 2018 • Towson University

Whether we are or are not aware of it, we all owe our being and existence to the world of the sensible. It is where we encounter others and where others encounter us. The encounter is of sensible by the sensible. We invite abstracts that draw inspiration from the sensible, that pay attention to it, and that affirm our shared dwelling in it. The conference seeks the companionship with those who are interested in sharing their sensorial expriences. Abstracts are due January 31, 2018.

Bibliography and New Releases

See our compiled bibliography of primary source works or our current bibliography of secondary source works for information about Merleau-Ponty work’s and scholarship on Merleau-Ponty. See below for new publications relevant to Merleau-Ponty and his work.
La Machine Sensible
Stefan Kristensen | 2017 | ISBN 9782705694524 | Editions Hermann
Luna Dolezal & Danielle Petherbridge | 2017 | ISBN 9781438466217 | SUNY Press
Perception and its Development in Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology
Eds. Kirsten Jacobson & John Russon | 2017 | ISBN 9781487501280 | University of Toronto Press
La Métaphysique chez Merleau-Ponty
Michel Dalissier | 2017 | ISBN 9789042934108 | Peeters Publishers
Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World
Glen Mazis | 2016 | ISBN 9781438462318 | SUNY Press

Bylaws and Directors

Membership in the Circle is unrestricted. Visitors are encouraged to review our bylaws or a list of the Board of Directors of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle.


Programs from previous IMPC conferences are accessible through our Archive.
The Forty-First Annual Conference of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle was held at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario (Canada) from September 22-24, 2016. The theme of the conference was “Merleau-Ponty: Doing Philosophy from the Outside.” The conference was directed by Prof. Rajiv Kaushik. The M. C. Dillon prize and lecture for the best graduate student paper submission was awarded to Joel Reynolds (Emory University) for his paper “On Being Outside the (Normate) Body: Merleau-Ponty’s Aveugle and Crip Phenomenology”.