IMPC 46: Fits and Misfits: Rethinking Disability, Debility, and the World with Merleau-Ponty

The 46th Annual Meeting of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle will be held Nov 10-12, 2022, hosted by Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. The conference program is available here. Those interested in attending the conference may register here. Georgetown University has secured a special rate of $179 per room/night with the Glover Park Hotel; those interested in staying at the hotel may book their rooms here.

Scholars across disability studies have found Merleau-Ponty’s oeuvre to be a source of inspiration-as well as critique-for thinking about disability in terms of fits and misfits as well as in conversation with other disability frameworks. We invite scholars from a diverse range of disciplines to explore the relationship between Merleau-Ponty’s thought and issues relating to disability (broadly construed), debility, and the world. We welcome scholars of critical disability studies (understanding that term to pick out a very large interdisciplinary field spanning the humanities and social sciences), philosophy of disability, feminist phenomenology, Indigenous philosophy, de-/post-colonial theory, critical philosophy of race, as well as researchers in neuroscience, cultural and literary studies, and French and Francophone studies, among other fields and disciplines, to submit papers on this theme.

The conference is directed by Joel Michael Reynolds. The keynote speaker will be Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Emory University), whose talk is entitled, “The Romance of Norm Mates and Miss Fitz.” The conference will also feature invited lectures from Alia Al-Saji (McGill University), Helen Fielding (Western University), and David Morris (Concordia University). The annual conference will feature the M. C. Dillon prize and lecture for the best graduate student paper submission.