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 CFP is available 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. Plenary and keynote addresses will be announced shortly. The annual conference will feature the M. C. Dillon prize and lecture for the best graduate student paper submission.

To host the conference at a physical location, a certain percentage of talks will need to be presented in person (barring another public health or other such shut down). Please clearly indicate on the cover letter of your submission whether upon acceptance, you would attend the conference in person or virtually. If you plan to attend virtually because doing so physically presents insurmountable accessibility issues (of whatever sort, including economic ones), you are welcome (but not required) to include that information. You are also welcome to include there any anticipated accessibility needs, which will greatly assist in planning.