About the Conference

The Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy

Joint Annual Conference

Philosophy After Nature


Utrecht University

3-4-5 September 2014

The SEP/FEP conference is the largest annual event in Europe that aims to bring together researchers, teachers and others, from different disciplines, interested in all areas of contemporary European philosophy. This year’s theme will be Philosophy After Nature, with speakers engaging with notions of critique, science, ecology, technology and subjectivity as bound up with conceptions of nature, while experimenting with various positions in contemporary thought.



3 September, Wednesday 

Professor Michel Serres, Stanford University, Académie française 

Video lecture*: Information and Thinking/l’information et la pensée

Respondents: professor Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht University

professor Paul Ziche, Utrecht University

Professor Rahel Jaeggi, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Critique of Forms of Life

Respondent:     dr. Robin Celikates, University of Amsterdam


4 September, Thursday 

Professor Mark B.N. Hansen, Duke University

Entangled in Media, Towards a Speculative Phenomenology of Microtemporal Operations

Respondent:     dr. Vera Bühlmann, Institute of Technology in Architecture, Zürich


5 September, Friday 

Professor Françoise Balibar, Université Paris-Diderot

“Die Natur ist nur einmal da” (Nature is there only once, Ernst Mach)

Respondent:     dr. Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University


Throughout the three days of the conference participants will also have a chance to attend multiple panel sessions. For full programme please refer to the programme section.


 The Joint Annual Conference of The Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy in 2014 is hosted by the Centre for the Humanities, the Faculty of HumanitiesThe Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities and the Research Institute for Cultural Inquiry ICON, research focus area Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Conference Committee: Rosi Braidotti, Bert van den Brink, Rick Dolphijn, Iris van der Tuin and Paul Ziche.

Enquiries: Dr. Rick Dolphijn, philosophyafternature@uu.nl


 * – Unfortunately, due to health issues, Professor Serres had to cancel his trip to Utrecht. However, he kindly agreed to record a video of his lecture, which will be presented during the conference.

Image credits: Ben Vinkenburg