Freedom, Desire, and the Other: The Centenary of Simone de Beauvoir; 22.9., Uppsala

Freedom, Desire, and the Other

The Centenary of Simone de Beauvoir

September 22, 2008
University of Uppsala

SALT (Forum for Advanced Studies in Arts, Languages and Theology) celebrates the centenary of Simone de Beauvoir (1908-2008) with an interdisciplinary day, open to all. Three lectures and one text seminar connect de Beauvoir's philosophical, political, and literary work with contemporary discussions on alterity, desire, and post-colonialism.

Time and place: September 22, 2008, 09.15-17.00, Centre of Humanities, English Park Campus, room 16-0043.

Invited speakers: Michel Kail (editor, L'Homme et la Société, France), Sara Heinämaa (philosophy, University of Helsinki), Edda Manga (history of ideas, University of Uppsala)


9.15 Opening: Ulrika Björk

9.45 Michel Kail (Paris): “Political philosophy according to Simone de Beauvoir: the question of alterity”, discussant: Ulrika Björk


11.15 Sara Heinämaa (Helsinki): “Simone de Beauvoir's phenomenology of sexual difference”, discussant: Lisa Käll

Chair, am: Elinor Hållén


14.00 Edda Manga (Uppsala): “The desire of the other: internalised oppression in Simone de Beauvoir and Franz Fanon”, discussant: Stefan Helgesson


15.30 Text seminar on Simone de Beauvoir's essay “Must we burn Sade?” (Faut-il brûler Sade?, 1952), room 2-1077

Chair, pm: Petra Carlsson

17.30 Reception buffet at the Department of philosophy, English Park Campus, building 2

Deadline for registration: September 10

Registration and further information:
petra.carlsson (at),
ulrika.bjork (at)