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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, gweiss@gwu.edu, The George Washington University, DC, or our Associate General Secretary, Prof. David Morris, david.morris@concordia.ca, Concordia University, Montreal. Any questions or concerns about this website should be directed to IMPC webmaster Rawb Leon-Carlyle, rawb@psu.edu.

Engrenage or the Art of Translation

The International Merleau-Ponty Circle invites you to view Engrenage or the Art of Translation, a series of watercolours created by IMPC scholar Donald A. Landes (translator of the 2012 English edition of The Phenomenology of Perception and author of Merleau-Ponty and the Paradoxes of Expression and The Merleau-Ponty Dictionary). This series of watercolours was presented in conjunction with Landes’s keynote address at the 45th annual meeting of the IMPC.

As Landes notes, “The expression carves out that negative space, and the vestige of the expressive act invites an ‘engrenage’ or ‘gearing into,’ a reperformance—that is, a translation. In this series of watercolors, I explore engrenage. The material vestige of the expression (the book, the painting) is represented by the first graphite line, but the fluidity of the metastable virtual transgresses, effaces, or multiplies these edges. Each new reading or translation, expressed materially by the second line, attempts to s’engrener with the original, but not in the sense of material gears. Never fitting perfectly, leaving gaps, activating different parts of the virtual beyond the original boundaries, and reshaping the work in each of its iterations. Engrenage, then, is the art of translation—the art of communicating across difference in the face of the ever-evolving nature of the trajectories of sense we live.”

Those interested in Landes’s other watercolour meditations should also view Curfew, Curfew 2.39, and Edges (for Ed Casey).

Circle Announcements

PhP Around the World

The International Merleau-Ponty Circle and Chiasmi International are mounting a project to solicit and curate a series of video broadcasts about this book, from around the world. The Phenomenology of Perception Around the World: A 75th Anniversary Broadcast Series is meant to echo Merleau-Ponty’s own 1948 radio broadcasts about philosophy, dedicated to the topic of the world as revealed by phenomenology, and transcribed in Causeries 1948 and translated in The World of Perception. The series videos are available on Vimeo here.

Art and Aesthetics in and After Phenomenology of Perception (A Conversation in Five Parts), a philosophy video that is the seventh in a series on Phenomenology of Perception Around the World, is ready to launch! The launch features the video’s world premiere, followed by a discussion with three of the scholars in the video, Rajiv Kaushik (Canada), Helen Fielding (Canada), Galen Johnson (USA), and host David Morris (Canada). This will be followed by a question and answer session with attendees. The launch is via a Zoom Webinar, on 1 October 2021, 15:00-17:00 EST (Montreal). It is free but requires registration.

IMPC 45: Critical Phenomenology and Merleau-Ponty’s Open Futures

The 45th Annual Conference of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle was held Oct 22-24, 2021, hosted by Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. The conference schedule is available here.

Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological approach has greatly influenced the emerging field of critical phenomenology.  We invite dscholars from a diverse range of disciplines to question the normalized power structures that shape how we make sense of the world and organize social existence. Scholars of Indigenous philosophy, critical race theory, feminist phenomenology, critical disability studies as well as researchers in cognition and neuroscience, and other phenomenology related areas were invited to submit papers on this theme broadly construed.  As well, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Phenomenology of Perception, papers that take up historical, textual and/or contextual analysis of this text were also presented. 

The conference was directed by Helen A. Fielding. Plenary addresses were delivered by Donald A. Landes (Université Laval) and Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning (York University); keynote talks given by Dorothea Olkowski (University of Colorado), Gail Weiss (George Washington University) and Shiloh Whitney (Fordham). The annual conference featured the M. C. Dillon prize and lecture for the best graduate student paper submission, this year awarded to Corinne Lajoie (Penn State University).

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 perception qui guérit
Desmond Kennedy | Tr. Olivier Winghart | 2020 | ISBN 9782913706910 | L’Exprimerie

Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Philosophy
Eds. Emmanuel Alloa, Frank Chouraqui, & Rajiv Kaushik | 2020 | ISBN 9781438476919 | SUNY Press

Merleau-Ponty at the Gallery
Véronique M. Fóti | 2020 | ISBN 9781438478036 | SUNY Press

The Sensible World and the World of Expression: Course Notes from the Collège de France, 1953
Trans. Bryan Smyth | 2020 | ISBN 9780810141421 | Northwestern University Press

Merleau-Ponty between Philosophy and Symbolism
Rajiv Kaushik | 2019 | ISBN 9781438476759 | SUNY Press

Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Language
Dimitris Apostolopoulos | 2019 | ISBN 9781786611994 | Rowman & Littlefield

L’œil et l’histoire: Merleau-Ponty et l’historicité de la perception
Anna Caterina Dalmasso | 2019 | ISBN 9788869761966 | Éditions Mimesis

Chemins avec et autour de Merleau-Ponty
Jean-Yves Mercury | 2019 | ISBN 9782343188317 | Éditions Harmattan

50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology
Eds. Gail Weiss, Ann V. Murphy, & Gayle Salamon | 2019 | ISBN 9780810141148 | Northwestern University 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.

Archive

Programs from previous IMPC conferences are accessible through our Archive.

The Forty-fifth Annual Conference of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle was held virtually from October 22-24, 2021, hosted by the University of Western Ontario. The theme of the conference was critical phenomenology and was directed by Prof. Helen A. Fielding. The M. C. Dillon prize and lecture for the best graduate student paper submission was awarded to Corinne Lajoie (Penn State University) for her paper “Crip Disorientations and the Complexity of Belonging”.