CALL FOR PAPERS / Antwerp Summer University : Political Myth, Propaganda, and the Politics of Imagination

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Call for Papers
May 27, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, Journalism and Media Studies, Nationalism History / Studies, Philosophy, Political Science


Summer school on the role of political myth and propaganda in contemporary western society. 7-day intensive programme with close reading seminars on classical texts by Cassirer, Arendt, Weber, Blumenberg, Lacoue-Labarthe & Nancy. With lectures and workshops by leading international scholars in the fields of the philosophy of political myth (Chiara Bottici, The New School for Social Research) and the philosophy of propaganda (Jason Stanley, Yale University).


We are happy to invite PhD students to apply for the summer school. Participants will be selected on the basis of a submitted abstract on any topic related to the themes and texts covered in the course (for more information, see the summer school’s schedule). Priority will be given to paper proposals that explicitly engage with the research and theories put forth in Chiara Bottici’s A Philosophy of Political Myth (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Jason Stanley’s How Propaganda Works (Princeton University Press, 2015). The summer school is mainly targeted at Master students in philosophy, but we accept up to 5 PhD students to take a more active role in the course.

Application details?

Online before 27 May 2016. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made and applicants notified by 10 June 2016.

Submission criteria?

  •    PhD students in philosophy or in a closely related field.
  •    Participants commit themselves to attending the summer school in its entirety.
  •    Papers must be presented in English. Paper presentations will be scheduled for 45 minutes each, including 5-10 minutes of Questions & Answers, on Monday 29th of August.
  •    Abstract submissions must be made in Word format. Submissions must include: Full title of the paper, Author name, Institutional affiliation, Full contact details. The abstract of the paper proposal should be limited to 500 words.
  •    The abstracts of the accepted papers will be published on the summer school’s website and included in the course reader. 


Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium 

Contact Info: 

Prof. Dr. Herbert De Vriese 
Academic Coordinator
Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts
University of Antwerp