An interdisciplinary conference by the Susanne K. Langer Circle in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Susanne K. Langer (*1895; † 1985) is widely known for her contributions to a variety of fields ranging from the philosophy of art to mathematical logic. Her thought continues to be felt across diverse traditions, in theory as well as in artistic practice. 

Langer’s genuinely interdisciplinary and undogmatic approach inspires research across the globe today precisely because it challenges disciplinary and methodological boundaries. Her work, often associated with Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ernst Cassirer and Alfred North Whitehead, transforms the fundamental problems of philosophy into a unique research program that culminates in a fully fledged philosophy of the human mind that combines empirical insights with philosophical reasoning. 

The conference will examine and continue the multifaceted work of this important figure in 20th century philosophy. We invite submissions from scholars and graduate students working in fields such as

Philosophy of Art and Art Criticis
Visual Art
Music and Musicology
Performing Arts and Performance Theory
Literary Criticism
Architecture and Design
Women’s and Gender Studies
Anthropology and Ethnology
Psychology (Cultural, Gestalt, Developmental, Clinical, Humanistic)
Logic and the Theory of Knowledge
Communication Theory, Symbol Theory and Semiotics
Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
Media Theory
Social and Political Theory
Creativity Studies
Pedagogy and Educational Thought
History of Philosophy
Information and Computing


Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics Grüneburgweg 14 60322 Frankfurt am Main Germany
The call for abstracts is open
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