Merleau-Ponty Circle

an organization interested in the thought of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.


  • 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.
  • The Forty-First Annual Conference of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle will be held at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. The conference dates are September 22-24, 2016 and the theme of the conference is “Merleau-Ponty: Doing Philosophy from the Outside.” The conference is directed by Prof. Rajiv Kaushik.  The keynote speakers will be Françoise Dastur, currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, also associated with the Husserl Archives Paris (ENS), and Rudolf Bernet, President of the Husserl Archives and Professor Emeritus at the University of Leuven, Belgium.  The annual conference features the M. C. Dillon prize and lecture for the best graduate student paper submission.  Additional information regarding paper submissions, travel, and local arrangements will be available here soon.
  • Membership in the Circle is unrestricted; the only requirement is interest in Merleau-Ponty’s work.  There are no membership dues, although there are registration fees for the annual conference. To be added to the membership listserv, send membership requests to the Circle’s General Secretary, Galen A. Johnson, Professor of Philosophy (University of Rhode Island). Members on the listserv receive e-mailings of all conference announcements and programs, calls for papers, and the annual newsletter.

For further information: 

Contact either the General Secretary, Galen A. Johnson, or the Associate General Secretary, Leonard Lawlor, Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University at  At the 2015 conference business meeting, Prof. Gail Weiss, George Washington University, DC was elected as the new General Secretary and Prof. David Morris, Concordia University, Montreal, was elected as the new Associate General Secretary.,

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