Calls for papers
Below you can find news about the calls for papers opened by the Australian Hegel Society.
The Labour of the Negative
4th Biannual Conference of the Australian Hegel Society
Call for Abstracts
November 30th & December 1st, 2023
The Fourth Biannual Conference of The Australian Hegel Society, ‘The Labour of the Negative’, hosted by UNSW Sydney, will take place on November 30th - December 1st, 2023, in person in Sydney Australia and online via zoom.
Call for abstracts:
Abstracts should be sent as attachment to email@example.com.
Deadline: September 1, 2023.
At crucial junctures in his writings, Hegel makes use of the theme of labour to articulate the thrust, movement, and nature of his philosophical project. Famously the Phenomenology of Spirit is a highway of despair that “immediate spirit must laboriously travel down” if it wants to become ‘genuine knowing’. And labour is no less essential to Hegel’s conception of truth for which this labourious path prepares us: the grasping of truth as not only substance but also as subject. As Hegel writes, a proper grasp of this idea [Idee], must involve “the seriousness, the suffering, the patience, and the labour of the negative”. Labour and its logic are at the heart of Hegel’s Phenomenology. It is thus not surprising that the young Marx would later claim that “the outstanding achievement of Hegel’s Phenomenology and of its final outcome, the dialectic of negativity as the moving and generating principle, is that he thus grasps the essence of work”. Marx’s intuition would guide Alexandre Kojève to foreground the thematic of work in his influential lectures on the Phenomenology which would determine so much 20th century French reception of Hegel.
Yet one need not confine oneself to the Phenomenology if one wants to think through the connection between Hegel and labour. Hegel had been extensively engaging with the nature of labour in both his System of Ethical Life (1802) and in his notes preparing to lecture on his Philosophy of Spirit (summer semester 1803; winter semester 1803–1804, and winter semester 1805-1806), i.e., before he penned those famous lines in the Phenomenology. This engagement was further preceded by a youthful encounter with the philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment and Scottish political economy which dealt extensively with such questions. The relationship between Hegel and labour is far from reducible to the use of labour as a metaphor for a philosopher in his comfy nightcap.
But what of negativity and its specific work? Hegel was, after all, the thinker of negativity par excellence and his work has been essential to philosopher and non-philosophers alike. In the century following his death, the work of the negative in Hegel and Hegel’s works on negativity became essential to the projects of existentialists, psychoanalysts, and theologians alike. One could not imagine Jacque Lacan’s Seminar, for instance, without his engagement with Hegel’s Phenomenology and the thoughts on the work of the negative contained therein. It is not without consequence that Lacan attended Kojeve’s lectures or that Jean Hyppolite was invited to present a commentary on Freud's Die Verneinung (Negation) in Lacan’s seminar.
This year’s conference of the Australian Hegel Society (AHS) invites scholars working on Hegel and the post-Hegelian tradition to rise to the challenge of thinking through the significance of the “labour of the negative”. What work does the concept of labour do in Hegel’s philosophy? How might Hegel’s detailed engagement with political economy shed light on Hegel’s endeavours? Why did Hegel’s earliest biographers so emphatically insist upon the slow and methodical labour which undergirded the slow construction of his mature philosophy? To what extent does Hegel’s philosophy shed light on the contemporary nature of work? How has Hegel’s work been taken up to inform discussions of negation and negativity? Is there fertile ground still to be covered on the question of Hegel’s relation to psychoanalysis? What role has the ‘labour of the negative’ played in shaping the reading of Hegel among continental philosophers?
Papers are welcome that address the conference theme.
The Australian Hegel Society welcomes submissions also from early career researchers and advanced graduate students. To notify your interest in presenting at the conference, please send an abstract of your paper to the following address, by September 1: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your abstract should include the following items:
1. ‘Submission Australian Hegel Society Conference 2023’ in the subject line
2. The paper title
3. Author’s name
4. Institutional affiliation
5. Email address
6. Description of the paper (no more than 300 words)
Sessions at the conference are likely to be around 30 minutes per paper including question time.
Conference Organising Committee:
Third Biannual Conference of The Australian Hegel Society
CALL FOR PAPERS
December 2-3, 2021
University of New South Wales, Sydney and Macquarie University
The Third Biannual Conference of The Australian Hegel Society, hosted by UNSW Sydney and Macquarie University, will be held online on December 2-3, 2021.
Humanity is facing multiple intertwined crises on a global scale: environmental disasters, biodiversity collapse, zoonotic pandemics, capitalist acceleration and monopolization, rising inequalities, increased control and manipulation at the hands of states and corporations, the list goes on. A hallmark of Hegelian and post-Hegelian social thought has been to elaborate conceptual tools to grasp the features, problems, and crises of an age, as well as the paths that could lead beyond them. The conference explores the resources that Hegelian and post-Hegelian philosophy provides to think through our current predicament and to confront the many crises we are facing.
Rahel Jaeggi (HU Berlin)
Karen Ng (Vanderbilt University)
Papers are welcome that address the conference theme or key issues in Hegel or post-Hegelian social thought. The Australian Hegel Society welcomes submissions also from early career researchers and advanced graduate students. To notify your interest in presenting at the conference, please send an abstract of your paper (no more than 200 words) to the following address:
Your abstract should include the following items:
1. The paper’s title
2. Author’s name
3. Institutional affiliation (if any)
4. Email address
5. Description of the paper (no more than 200 words)
Abstracts must be received by September 1. Sessions at the conference are likely to be around 35 minutes per paper including question time.
Local Organising Committee:
Daniel Badenhorst (Macquarie University).
Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie University)
Heikki Ikäheimo (UNSW)
Simon Lumsden (UNSW)
You can download the pdf of the call here.
Second Biannual Conference of The Australian Hegel Society
In collaboration with the Marie Curie Project: Naturalism in Classical German Philosophy
CALL FOR PAPERS
February 14-15, 2019
University of New South Wales, Sydney
The Second Biannial Conference of The Australian Hegel Society, in collaboration with the Marie Curie Project: Naturalism in Classical German Philosophy will be held at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, on February 14-15, 2019.
Recent Anglo-American interpretations of Hegel and related neo-Hegelian approaches in philosophy have given sociality a central role in understanding mindedness, normativity, freedom and related themes. These new readings of Hegel, and philosophical work inspired by them, have done a great service in overcoming the appearance of uncritical metaphysical adventure often associated with Hegelianism. ‘Spirit’ is no longer seen as referring to something philosophically suspect, but the historically developing space of reasons or norms constituted through recognitive relations of human sociality. Recently however, there is a growing interest in how well this fundamentally social and normative view of spirit can cohere with the naturalistic aspects of Hegel’s philosophy. What is the relation of spirit to human animality, or to nature more broadly? This joint conference of the Australian Hegel-Society (https://www.australianhegelsociety.com/) and the EU funded Marie Curie project ‘Naturalism in German Classical Philosophy’ (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/201214_en.html) brings together perspectives on sociality, naturalism, and their intersections. Speakers will include both philosophers in the broad Hegelian tradition, as well as colleagues from other traditions in philosophy working on these themes.
Confirmed speakers include:
Paul Redding (University of Sydney)
Rocío Zambrana (University of Oregon)
Italo Testa (University of Parma)
David MacArthur (University of Sydney)
Richard Menary (Macquarie University)
Local Organizing Commettee:
Heikki Ikäheimo (UNSW Sydney)
Giovanna Luciano (WSU-University of Padova)
Simon Lumsden (UNSW Sydney)
There is space in the program for up to three presentations by advanced graduate students or early career researchers whose research lies broadly within the theme of the conference.
To notify your interest in presenting your research at the conference, please send a title and an abstract of your paper (no more than 200 words) to the following address: email@example.com
Deadline for receipt of abstracts is October 20.
Successful participants will be notified by November 5th.
No funding is available to facilitate attendance at the conference.