CFP extended deadline: The Inhuman Gaze and Perceiving Otherwise

Submission deadline: February 28, 2018

Conference date(s):
June 6, 2018 - June 9, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Centre Culturel Irlandais
5, rue des Irlandais - 75005 Paris, France

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Rosi Braidotti – Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University; Founding Professor of Gender Studies in Humanities at Utrecht (1988 - 2005), First Scientific Director of the Netherland’s Research School of Women’s Studies.

Matthew Broome - Professor and Chair in Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health, Director of the Institute of Mental Health, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.

Joseph Cohen - Lecturer, Assistant Professor, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin

Fred Cummins  - Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, School of Computer Science, University College Dublin.

Sanneke de Haan - Postdoctoral Fellow, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Ber)lin School of Mind and Brain.

Bill (KWM) Fulford - DPhil FRCP FRCPsych, Fellow of St Catherine’s College and Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick, Founder Editor and Chair of the Advisory Board, Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, and Director of The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, St Catherine’s College, Oxford (

Shaun Gallagher - Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Philosophy, University of Memphis; Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong, Australia.

Melvyn Goodale - Distinguished University Professor, Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience, and Director of the Brain and Mind Institute at Western.

Maurita Harney - Honorary Senior Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne.

Sara Heinämaa – Academy professor (2017–2021) and Academy project director, Academy of Finland; Professor of philosophy at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä; Director of the research community Subjectivity, Historicity, Communality (2012–2017), Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki

Sean. D. Kelly - Teresa G. and Ferdinand F. Martignetti Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University.

Miriam Kyselo - Postdoctoral Fellow, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin Center for Knowledge Research.

Dorothée Legrand - Professor at the Archives Husserl, CNRS, École Normale Supérieure, Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University, Paris

Tim Mooney - Associate Professor, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin.

Dermot Moran - Professor, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin; Joseph Chair in Catholic Philosophy, Boston College; President of the International Federation of Philosophical Studies/Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie.

Alva Noë - Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley.

Claire Petitmengin - Professor Emerita at Institut Mines-Télécom and member of the Archives Husserl, École Normale Supérieure, Paris.

Matthew Ratcliffe - Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna

Joseph Schear - Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy and Tutorial Fellow, Christ Church College, University of Oxford.

Dylan Trigg - FWF Lise Meitner Fellow (senior), University of Vienna.

Philippe Wuyts - Clinical Psychiatrist, Paris. Consultant to international organisations such as the OECD and UNESCO, to academic institutions such as The American University in Paris, New York University in Paris and INSEAD, to embassies from Europe, the Commonwealth Countries and the USA

Dan Zahavi - Professor of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen; Director of the Centre for Subjectivity Research. 

Call for Papers

Themes: The conference aims to inspire questioning regarding perceptions of ‘the human’ – whether perception leads to recognition and solidarity or to objectification. This designation 'human' can be used beyond the mere identification of a species to underwrite exploitation, exclusion, denigration, dehumanization and demonization of what is then designated inhuman or nonhuman.

Topics can include, but are not limited, to:

·      the scientific/ medical/ psychiatric gaze

·      the psychopathological gaze

·      shame and the gaze of others

·      dehumanisation and demonization

·      violence/ torture

·      atypical social cognition

·      ideologies of exclusion- in-groups/ out-groups

·      interanimality

·      the inhuman gaze/ perceiving otherwise in aesthetics


The call for papers opens from January 19th 2018.  The extended deadline for submission is February 28th.  You will be notified of the outcome by March 2nd. 

If your abstract is accepted, you must register for the conference by March 3rd for your abstract to continue to be included.

Abstracts should be sent to James Jardine ([email protected]) by the extended deadline of February 28th.  Include two documents: (1) an information sheet with name, title of paper, affiliation, status re. work and any other information relevant; (2) the abstract (250 – 400 words) must be anonymized for blind review.

These are the possibilities:

(1)For faculty – 30 min presentation with 15 min discussion; OR 20 min presentation with 10 min discussion.

(2) For grad students and postdocs – you may apply to give a 20 min presentation with 10 min discussion; OR to give a 10 min lightning presentation with 15 mins group discussion. It should be clearly stated in your information sheet whether you prefer to give a short presentation or a lightning presentation. We are also inviting applications to express interest in serving as a respondent to one of the keynotes.  This requires responding to the paper presented by the keynote in a 10 min presentation, followed by a 15 min discussion including both the keynote speaker and yourself. If this is something you would like to consider in the event of there not being enough speaking slots available, please indicate when you submit your abstract. We will aim to match the respondents research interests with those of the keynote.

We particularly encourage submissions from graduate students, early career researchers and underrepresented minorities (please indicate if this applies to you in your abstract submission and registration).

If our funding allows, we hope to be able to subsidize graduate students and possibly postdocs.  If you would like to be considered for this, please indicate this with your abstract submission.


General registration will be open from March 5th. You must register on the Eventbrite link on the conference website. Places are limited.  If you are unable to gain a place through registration but would like to be waitlisted indicate this on Eventbrite.

Registration fees:

Unwaged – grad students and others – no registration fee

Waged - €160 (this includes postdocs)

Full refunds until May 6th thereafter, no refunds. Any refunds will be processed shortly after the conference. Queries to Anya Daly  [email protected]

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