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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.
  • The Forty-Second Annual Conference of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle will be held at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The conference dates are November 2-4, 2017 and the theme of the conference is “The Significance of Place.”  The conference is directed by Prof. Ann Murphy.  The annual conference features the M. C. Dillon prize and lecture for the best graduate student paper submission.  The conference webpage and call for papers can be accessed here.
  • 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, Prof. Gail Weiss, or Associate General Secretary, Prof. David Morris.  Their contact information appears below.  Members on the listserv receive e-mailings of all conference announcements and programs, calls for papers, and the annual newsletter.

For Further information: 

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.

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