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!

SEP-FEP 2017 Abstracts Booklet and other info

The SEP-FEP 2017 (4-6 September at the University of Winchester) will be taking place in a little over a week.

I am including here links to the abstracts booklet, final schedule, delegate information pack and official Facebook event.

To read Patrice Maniglier’s keynote along with him, see this link.

If you are planning to join us then I strongly encourage you to register today or over the August bank holiday weekend as otherwise we won’t be able to reflect your dietary requirements in the lunches – registration page.

SEP-FEP 2017 Draft Schedule Now Available

SEP-FEP 2017
4th – 6th September
The University of Winchester

Plenary speakers

  • Patrice Maniglier (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense), Who is a Materialist?
  • Babette Babich (Fordham University), Death and Restitution in Anaximander and Epictetus
  • Havi Carel (University of Bristol), The Intruder-Shadow: Organ transplantation in Nancy and Andersen

The draft schedule for the upcoming SEP-FEP conference is now available here. Please notes that this document remains a draft. [Links to old documents have been removed. Please see this later post for current schedule.]

Over three days we will have papers from almost a hundred academics split across 36 sessions covering a wide and varied spectrum of contemporary research in European philosophy. We do hope you can join us for this exciting conference. Please click here for registration details.


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 Registration now open

Registration is now open for the SEP-FEP 2017.

The Society for European Philosophy and
The Forum for European Philosophy
Joint Annual Conference
4th – 6th September 2017
The University of Winchester

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

  • Patrice Maniglier (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
  • Babette Babich (Fordham University)
  • Havi Carel (University of Bristol)

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


Waged registration £100, unwaged registration £50. This fee includes three lunches and coffee breaks. You can specify dietary requirements and accessibility requirements as part of the registration process.


Attendees are welcome to make their own accommodation arrangements for the duration of the conference. Alternatively, we have reserved a number of bed & breakfast rooms in the university’s student accommodation for the duration of the conference. These rooms are for single-occupancy and charge £52pppn. They can be booked as part of the registration process.

Please note that the campus is a ten to fifteen-minute walk from the train station, which is itself an hour’s journey from London Waterloo station.


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 this application form and send to by Friday 14 July. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of July.

To register, please follow this link.

For further information, please email:

SEP-FEP 2017 CFP Deadline Extension

Thank you to all of those who have submitted paper and panel abstracts for the upcoming SEP-FEP 2017 conference. We have received a fantastic range and quality of material for what looks set to be a great conference. We are able to extend the deadline a by a fortnight to 31 May to accommodate late papers and panels.

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)
Havi Carel: (University of Bristol)

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 31, 2017


We would like to confirm that the rooms that will be used for this conference will have disabled access, as does the onsite accommodation.