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This is the online home of the Society for European Philosophy: the society for continental philosophy in the UK. Find out more on the About page.

The primary activity of SEP is its annual conference, run in partnership with the Forum for European Philosophy.

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SEP-FEP 2018 Updated programme and abstracts

SEP-FEP 2018 at the University of Essex is a little under one week away. The conference runs 18, 19, and 20 June and features a great line-up of keynote speakers and parallel sessions.

*Conference programme and abstracts – updated 17 June*

Here is the latest conference programme: Programme. SEP-FEP 2018

Here are the abstracts of all papers and sessions: Abstracts. SEP-FEP 2018

The Delegate Pack, which contains maps and useful information, is here: SEP-FEP Delegate pack 2018_

There’s still time to register – follow this link.

Information about travel and accommodation can be found in this earlier post.

We look forward to seeing you there!


SEP-FEP 2018 (Essex): Provisional programme available now

2018 SEP-FEP Joint Annual Conference

University of Essex

18-20 June 2018

The Society for European Philosophy is delighted to announce that the provisional programme and conference information are now available for the 2018 conference.

Programme and abstracts are available in a more recent post on this website.


Plenary Speakers and Events:

Bonnie Honig (Brown University)
Christoph Menke (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
Roundtable Discussion on the work of Peter Dews (speakers TBC)


Registration for Conference and Conference Dinner:

The website for conference registration is here. The conference fees for the three days will be: £50 for unwaged and £100 for waged.  You will be able to book the conference dinner and specify options as part of the registration process.



The Society for European Philosophy has a limited number of bursaries available to help cover travel and accommodation costs for postgraduate students and other unwaged delegates who are presenting papers at the conference. Priority will be given to applicants who have no (or very limited) funding from their institution or doctoral funder. To apply for a bursary, please complete the application form attached and send it to: sepfep2018@gmail.com by Monday 21st May. Please title the email: Acceptance and Bursary Application SEP-FEP 2018.



Unfortunately, there will not be university accommodation available. Delegates will therefore need to make their own accommodation arrangements. I strongly advise delegates to book accommodation as soon as possible. Please see the following document with details of places to stay in both Colchester and Wivenhoe: SEP-FEP 2018. Accommodation. Colchester and Wivenhoe



The University of Essex is situated between Colchester and the village of Wivenhoe. From Colchester it takes approximately 15 minutes by bus to campus; from Wivenhoe, approximately 10 mins. Both Colchester and Wivenhoe can be reached directly from London Liverpool Street Station, which has regular services to both. To Wivevhoe Station it takes 1h20mins, to Colchester Station 50 mins. There is another train station in Colchester called Colchester Town. Although this is more central, I would avoid this station. From London, Colchester Station is the quickest of the two lines and has bus stops and a taxi rank immediately outside.
Sessions and Papers:

Sessions run for 1h30mins and typically have three papers. This will mean 20 minutes per paper, with 10 minutes each for questions.

For the past few years, the collegial practice of delegates signing up to chair panels has worked very well. We will continue that practice.  Please do consult the programme and get in touch with sepfep2018@gmail.com if there is a session you would like to chair.


Questions: contact sepfep2018@gmail.com

Announcement of REF 2021 Sub-panel members

The SEP Executive Committee is pleased to relay that Dr Beth Lord, former Chair and current Executive Committee member of SEP, is among the members of the Philosophy Sub-panel of assessors announced for REF2021. (For the full panel membership see here: http://www.ref.ac.uk/about/membership/)

Professor Peter Osborne, one of the founder members of SEP, is also a Sub-panel member, and will contribute to the drawing up of the assessment criteria.

SEP was one of many UK bodies invited to propose Sub-panel members.

Stella Sandford

Chair, SEP

Reminder and update: SEP-FEP 2018

Please find below a final reminder about the upcoming deadline for abstracts for this year’s SEP-FEP conference. Please also note a change to the keynote speakers.


 2018 SEP-FEP Joint Annual Conference CFP

 University of Essex

 18-20 June 2018

 The Society for European Philosophy is delighted to announce its annual conference for 2018. The conference will be run jointly with the Forum for European Philosophy and hosted at The University of Essex.

 Plenary Speakers (updated):

 Bonnie Honig (Brown University)

 Christoph Menke (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

 Roundtable Discussion on the work of Peter Dews (speakers TBC)


The SEP-FEP conference is the largest annual event in Europe that aims to bring together researchers, teachers, and students from different disciplines, interested in all areas of contemporary European philosophy.

 Abstract proposals for papers and panels are invited in all areas of European philosophy. Proposals from academics, graduate students and independent scholars are all welcome.

 Submission Instructions:

 Abstract proposals for individual papers should be no more than 250-300 words and include author and institutional affiliation.

 Panel proposals should include a brief panel description of no more than 100 words, with participant names and institutional affiliations, and a 250-300 word abstract for each paper within the panel.

 Submissions can be sent to: sepfep2018@gmail.com

  The deadline for submission is 30th March 2018.