Call for Papers


3rd International, Interdisciplinary conference: EROS
May 21st & May 22nd, 2010
Nipissing University Muskoka Campus, Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada (map)

Second Call for Papers

Deadline for Abstracts extended to MARCH 1, 2010.

Keynote: Live Satellite presentation by Luce Irigaray

We are delighted to have Luce Irigaray deliver an original presentation for the EROS Conference via satellite from Paris. In Thinking the Difference, she writes “Poor Eros!…What has become of us, that we are so poor in love?”, inviting reconsideration of the Freudian position that relationships must be broken for civilization to exist. In her view, relations must be restored if we are to save ourselves and the earth from total annihilation. Irigaray’s ideas challenge the necessity of breaking the bonds of love, for it is human ties, like those shared by mother and daughter that are the “missing pillars of our culture”.

Guest Speaker: Tina Chanter

Tina Chanter, author of Ethics of Eros: Irigaray’s Re-writing of the Philosophers(1995), Time, Death and the Feminine: Levinas with Heidegger(2001), The Picture of Abjection: Film, Fetish, and the Nature of Difference(2008), and current book project: Antigone’s Affects: Political Legacies.

Roundtable on EROS: Shannon Bell, Gad Horowitz, Gary Kinsman, Sal Renshaw

Please join us for a roundtable where special guest scholars have been invited to respond to Irigaray and discuss their recent research in the area of EROS.

Shannon Bell is a fast feminist immersion philosopher and author of Writing and Rewriting the Prostitute Body (1994; Japanese trans.2000), Whore Carnival (1995),Bad Attitude/s on Trial (1997) with Cossman,, and Fast Feminism (2004).

Gad Horowitz is a distinguished theorist and author of Repression: Basic and Surplus Repression in Psychoanalytic Theory: Freud, Reich and Marcuse (1977), and Everywhere They Are in Chains: Political Theory from Rousseau to Marx (1988).

Gary Kinsman, queer liberation and anti-capitalist activist and scholar, LGBT social historian, and author of The Regulation of Desire: Homo and Hetero Sexualities (1996), The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation (2009), with P. Gentile, co-editor of Whose National Security? (2000), and Sociology for Changing the World (2006).

Sal Renshaw is the Chair of Gender Equality and Social Justice at Nipissing University, and author of The Subject of Love: Hélène Cixous and the Feminine Divine, (2009).

Film Feature: Eros

“Eros” (2004) is the collection of three short films exploring the subjects of love, sexuality, and desire: “Il filo pericoloso delle cose”, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, “Equilibrium”, directed by Steven Soderbergh, and “The Hand”, directed by Kar Wai Wong.

EROS & the World of Björn Wiinblad

An exhibit of selected objets d’art featuring the theme of EROS in the art of reknowned artist, Björn Wiinblad will be on display during the conference. Wiinblad, who died in 2006, was known and loved around the world for his depictions of romance, passionate love and sensual desire in the natural elements. Characteristics of his work include embraced lovers, gardens saturated with colour, brightly-clad dancers and musicians in floral wreaths, bountiful feasts, and overflowing gardens of twisting vines.

“On the face of it at least, our civilization possesses no ars erotica. In return, it is undoubtedly the only civilization to practice a scientia sexualis…”
—Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction

Though a human nature may not exist, there is comfort in the notion that a unifying force should subsist within all humankind: that is the will to live. Sigmund Freud thoughtfully named the driving impulse Eros. If humankind does possess, as a matter of our continuance as a species, an impulse for life, a drive to overcome all adversity in order to reproduce itself, what does this say of the human condition? How can desire, pleasure and love lead to social bonds that ensure the perpetuation of the species in healthy abundance? What types of relations cultivate worth and esteem in the individual, and how can destructive elements of these same tropes damage the psyche and dissolve the very relations that lead to a healthy self-concept? More specific to historical circumstances, how have male, hetero and white notions of love led individuals to abandon their genuine selves? How does pathos reveal itself in minds and in societies and how can we know when there is satisfaction in love or if an alternative object has been found through sublimation?

The Human Condition Series invites you to consider the concept of Eros, and to share original and revisited thoughts which transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. We encourage expressions about how culture, habit, language, science and art, embody, remedy or fail Eros. Without prescription, we urge theorizations and analyses which seek to look beyond the here and now towards the possibilities to come.

Themes include but are not limited to:

To submit abstracts for consideration:

If your work addresses these themes specifically or the topic of Eros in general, please submit a working title, an abstract of 300-400 words, and a short biography, before March 1st, 2010 to

Selected presenters will be notified by February 25th , 2010 Extended to MARCH 15, 2010.

Presenters are required to submit a 10-15 page summary paper and pay early-bird registration by April 15th in order to appear on the conference schedule.

Presenters will have until June 25th, 2010 to prepare their manuscripts for submission to the double-blind review process for possible publication.

For further inquiries regarding the Eros conference please contact:

Toivo Koivukoski, Associate Professor of Political Science
Nipissing University, North Bay Campus
100 College Drive
North Bay, ON. P1B 8L7
Phone: 705.474.3450.4504
Fax: 705.474.1947

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