First news from the 2016 seminar


Ruthanne Crapo (University of Minnesota, US)

I have heard about the inspiring work of this seminar and it was truly a privilege to be a part of this work. Luce Irigaray offers each participant apt attention to their work. It is a rare gift to work professionally and personally with a scholar of her breath and calibre.

 Lauren Fournier (York University, Canada)

I had a challenging and philosophically rich week with Luce Irigaray and the fellow seminar participants. It was an intimate experience, which saw moments of elation, humor, frustration, and relief — Luce’s presence and philosophy held the space for us to work through what it means being a living being, sexual difference, intersubjectivity, and self-affection. I am looking forward to giving time for this experience to settle in my body-mind: there is a lot of stuff percolating as this week comes to a close. Seeds have been planted. Thank you, dear Luce! ♥♥♥

Joyce (Jiamim Qi) (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China)

A lot of first-times for me. Very challenging seminar session. I enjoy reflecting on cultural differences and individual differences. Luce is cuter than I expected. I have many ideas for revising my essay. Bristol is amazing. The University of Bristol is crazily beautiful. Thank you. ♥

Amy Kings (Keele University, UK)

To anyone who is thinking about taking part in the Luce Irigaray Seminar, I have three words for you – go for it! The seminar offers a unique opportunity to meet and engage with other early career researchers from around the world, working in areas relating to Irigaray’s writings. Just this year (June, 2016) we had participants travelling to take part in the seminar, from the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, India, Thailand, Slovenia and China. The week long seminar gives each participant the chance to fully explore an area of their own work with the other participants and to reflect on this work with Luce Irigaray herself. Over the course of the week, you can expect to be treated to a variety of interesting and inspirational presentations from other participants, covering a vast array of different topics. The diversity of participants, paying testament to the widespread influence of Irigaray’s work in areas as diverse as philosophy, architecture, feminism, film/media studies, psychology, linguistics, literature, environmental and cultural studies.

I encourage anyone who has some interest in the work of Luce Irigaray, to attend this seminar. Not simply for the obvious benefit to one’s work but also for the opportunity to meet a variety of wonderful people in both academic and social settings. The seminar provides an intellectually stimulating environment in which to further explore your own and Irigaray’s work, whilst also being introduced to the work of other researchers and future friends. Most importantly for myself, the seminar also provided some breathing space – away from everyday work and family commitments – whilst also creating an atmosphere capable of supporting the cultivation of new ideas and new friendships. I came away from the seminar simultaneously exhausted and reinvigorated by the stimulating and challenging atmosphere, and the generosity of both time and spirit displayed by both Luce and my fellow participants.

Elspeth Mitchell (University of Leeds, UK)

The seminar was a challenging but beautiful experience with Luce Irigaray.

Rucha Newalkar (India, currently the Iowa State University, US)

It was extremely honoring for me to meet Luce Irigaray, a woman who has contributed massively to the world of Feminism, philosophy and ethical thinking. Getting personal attention of her towards my own work in the field of architecture, sustainability and ecological ethics has been extremely gratifying. It was wonderful to meet and share space and thoughts with respected people from every part of the world under the wonderful guidance of Professor Luce Irigaray.

Rebekah Pryor (University of Melbourne, Australia)

This week has been an inspiring experience. Luce Irigaray shared her philosophy and self with us generously. It was a privilege to work with her and a great group of participants.

Maja Bjelica (Primorska University, Slovenia)

Dear Luce,

thank you, I am thanking to you, to giving me this opportunity of sharing, which I will keep close to me for a long time. Hoping for more shared moments,

con affetto,


Phongkon Weerpiput (Mahidol University, Thailand)

This seminar is my dream, it is difficult for me but I try to learn. I receive a new experience, it is wonderful week and esthetic in my life. Thank you very much.