Invitation to the Seminar


Invitation to the Seminar of
The Goodenough College, London, UK
9th-15th June 2019
(arriving on 9th June and departing after individual meetings on 15th June)


The history of the seminar
Since 2003, Luce Irigaray has held a seminar with researchers doing their PhD on her work. This way, they have the opportunity to receive personal teaching from Luce Irigaray and to exchange ideas, methods and experiences between them. The seminar was welcomed by the University of Nottingham during the first three years (see Luce Irigaray: Teaching edited by Luce Irigaray with Mary Green, Continuum, London & New York, 2008) by the University of Liverpool the fourth year, by Queen Mary, University of London, the fifth year, by the Goodenough College of London the sixth year, by the University of Nottingham the seventh year; it was co-hosted by the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol the eighth year and hosted by the University of Bristol the ninth, tenth and eleventh years. The seminar will take place at the University of Warwick in 2018 (papers of participants in these seminars are gathered in two volumes Building a New World (Palgrave 2015, edited by Luce Irigaray and Michael Marder) and Towards a New Human Being (Palgrave 2019, edited by Luce Irigaray with Mahon O’ Brien and Christos Hadjioannou).

The framework of the seminar

A group of at most fifteen researchers, doing their PhD, at least in part, on the work of Luce Irigaray, stay one week on the university campus. The timetable includes a presentation by each researcher on the aspect of their PhD which most focuses on the work of Luce Irigaray, the discussion of this presentation by the group, the comments of Luce Irigaray herself and her answers to the questions asked by each one, and also sessions devoted to an explanation of some key-words or key-thoughts chosen by the participants. Personal meetings with Luce Irigaray are organized on the last day. The participants pay for their travel, and contribute this year probably £750 to their global participation (included teaching, accommodation, meals, booking of the rooms, etc.) . The language of the seminar is English.

The participants in the seminar come from different regions of the world, they belong to different cultures, traditions and fields of research – Philosophy, Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Literature, Arts, Critical and Cultural Studies, etc. The themes of their research include, for example: the treatment of personal or cultural traumatic experience; the resources that various arts can offer for dwelling in oneself and with the other(s); the maternal order and feminine genealogy; the interpretation and embodiment of the divine today; the contribution of sexuate difference to personal and social development; new perspectives in philosophy, ethics and politics, etc. In each of these fields, diverse domains, approaches and methods are represented. To date, the participants have come from Australia, Vietnam, Korea, China, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Latvia, France, Belgium, Poland, Pakistan, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Romania and from different regions and universities of the U.S.A. and of the U.K. Beyond the multicultural teaching which results from such a gathering, the participants learn to live together and to share in difference during the time devoted to the work, and during meals, walks, personal meetings etc. The atmosphere of the seminar is intense but friendly and joyful, and its outcome highly successful for both the research and the life of each participant.

How to apply to attend the seminar
If you are interested and would like to participate in the 2019 seminar, please send as soon as possible to Luce Irigaray:

  • a CV
  • a PhD abstract (1 page)
  • a presentation (5 – 6 pages) of the issues and arguments of your PhD that most focus on the work of Luce Irigaray

Applications should be sent by mail to Luce Irigaray, 15, rue Lakanal, 75015 Paris, France. After receiving this material, Luce Irigaray will tell you if you can participate in the seminar for 2019. Selected candidates will be contacted in the Spring prior to the seminar about further theoretical and practical pieces of information.

If you are interested in attending next year’s seminar, please post your application to Luce Irigaray as soon as possible. While there is no formal deadline for applications, it aids the planning of the seminar if applications are made as far in advance as possible. The sooner you apply, the better your chances are of participating in the next seminar.