SEP’s new Executive Committee and 2018 conference venue

Thanks to everyone who attended SEP-FEP 2017 in Winchester. It was a terrific event!

At our annual meeting, elections were held for the Executive Committee and for the Society’s four posts. We welcome Stella Sandford to the role of SEP Chair for a three-year term. Jonathan Clark takes on the role of Treasurer, and Henry Somers-Hall becomes Secretary. Beth Lord and Hannah Wallenfels share the role of Communications Officer. The full Executive Committee is listed on the About page.

SEP-FEP 2018 will be held at the University of Essex. Further announcements coming soon!


New publication: Philosophy After Nature

Members and followers of SEP may be interested to know that a book has been published as a result of the SEP/FEP 2014 conference in Utrecht.


Philosophy After Nature

Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017

Edited by Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn

The significant changes that have dominated the social and the scientific world over the last thirty years have brought about upheavals and critical re-appraisals that have proved quite positive in fostering 21st century thought. This interdisciplinary collection of state-of-the-art essays offers innovative and thought-provoking insights concerning contemporary philosophical and cultural reflection on the nature-culture interaction. Starting from the assumption that the binary opposition between the two terms has been replaced by a continuum of the two, the volume explores both the terms of this new interaction, and its implications.

Technology occupies a central place in the shift towards a nature-cultural continuum, but it is not the only factor. The consequences of economic globalization, notably the global spread of digital mediation, also account for this change of perspective. Last but not least the climate change issue and a renewed urgency around the state of the environmental crisis also contribute to bring the ’natural’ much closer to home. Digital mediation has by now become a standard way to live and interact. The electronic frontier has altered dramatically the practice of education and research, especially in the Humanities and social sciences, with direct consequences for the institutional practice and the methodology of these disciplinary fields. This book aims to explore the implications of these complex shifts for the practice of critical thinking.



What have we done? Why did we do it? Against cynicism, the philosophers in this volume stand out for the originality of their analyses of our ties to nature. They encourage us to seek solutions beyond greed, spectacle and division. The strongest thread running through this impressive collection is that we can think innovatively; we can work together with nature.

James Williams, Professor of Philosophy, Deakin University

Philosophy after Nature provides an indispensable introduction and guide to current transformative thinking about nature today. In the context of climate change, globalization and a logic of advanced capitalism, it brings together a number of outstanding contributions, in which components from the history of philosophy are retrieved from neglect. These components are then deployed to help make sense of an unprecedented crisis in the relation between human beings and the context they have become used to thinking of as ‘natural’.

Joanna Hodge, Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University

When philosophy talks about nature, too often it is only through its own idea of nature – the physical, living, world is forced to fit the ends of philosophy. In Philosophy After Nature, we see a radical inversion being performed, one where the idea must follow nature, where philosophy is forced to think alongside matter in all its vital unruliness.

John Ó Maoilearca, Professor, Film and Television Studies, Kingston University

SEP-FEP 2017 Announcement and CFP

The Society for European Philosophy is delighted to announce its annual conference for 2017. The conference will once again be run jointly with the Forum for European Philosophy and hosted for the first time at the University of Winchester, UK.

2017 SEP-FEP Joint Annual Conference

University of Winchester

4-6 September 2017

Plenary Speakers:
Patrice Maniglier (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Babette Babich (Fordham Univesrity)
Third plenary: 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 contemporary 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:
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017

SEP-FEP 2016 starts today

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the SEP-FEP conference at Regent’s University (main campus).

Regent’s University is a short walk from Baker Street tube station. You can find directions here: and a campus map here: The conference registration desk will be located in the foyer of the main building.

Unfortunately, due to a broken ankle, Prof. Karen Barad will no longer be joining us in London. However, we are pleased to announce that Prof. Stella Sandford (Kingston University) will be presenting a plenary lecture in Prof. Barad’s place. Please accept our apologies for this unavoidably late change to the programme. You can find the latest version of the programme as well as the conference abstracts here:

SEP-FEP 2016: Registration now open

Registration is now open for the SEP-FEP 2016 conference at Regent’s University London.

25th August 2016 – 27th August 2016
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.

Plenary speakers

  • Karen Barad (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Elie During (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
  • John Protevi (Louisiana State University)

An international array of papers and panels will be presented over the three days of the conference. The full programme will be announced later.

Early registration costs £45.00 (unwaged) or £95.00 (waged) – prices valid until 1 August.

Campus accommodation is available for this conference, at additional cost. Please see the registration page for details.

All information and online registration are available from the registration page.

For further information, please email: