Call for Papers: Polanyi Studies: Past, Present, and Future - Conference - June 8-11 2016

Next year, the Polanyi Society will sponsor a conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Michael Polanyi’s The Tacit Dimension and to assess the legacy of Polanyi’s philosophical efforts. The conference will also provide opportunities for senior and junior Polanyi scholars to collaborate in the exploration of the many subjects and themes identified in Polanyi’s writings.

The Society invites proposals for papers that examine Polanyi’s contributions to the areas of epistemology (including tacit knowing), moral philosophy, intellectual history, aesthetics, religious and theological studies, embodiment, semiotics, economics, and socio-political orders. Younger scholars and those in the early stages of their study of Polanyi are especially encouraged to submit proposals. Initial proposals should be no more than 250 words, and can be sent to Andrew Grosso at atgrosso@icloud.com.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, 30 November 2015; proposals submitted after this date will be considered only if the conference schedule can easily accommodate additional presentations.The conference will be held 8-11 June 2016 (Wed-Sat) at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah, WI (west of Milwaukee, just off of I-94 on the way to Madison) . The nearest international airport is General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee (about 45 minutes away).

There will be a one-day workshop on Wed, 8 June, for those interested in reviewing or learning more about Polanyi’s philosophical work. Senior Polanyi scholars will facilitate various sessions on Polanyi’s life and the principal ideas in his major works. Graduate students and those new to Polanyi studies are especially encouraged to participate in this one-day workshop.

The registration fee for the conference is $275 ; this includes access to all conference sessions (including the workshop on Wed) and all meals and receptions. The registration fee does not include lodgings. A limited number of guest housing accommodations will be available on the campus of Nashotah House, and there are also several hotels in the immediate vicinity. A limited amount of financial aid is available for those unable to meet the cost of registration, accommodations, and travel; for more information about financial assistance, please contact Phil Mullins at mullins@missouriwestern.edu.

Additional information regarding the schedule for the conference, accommodations, and other details will be available on the website for the Polanyi Society and will also be published in future issues of Tradition & Discovery. Those interested can also contact Andrew Grosso at atgrosso@icloud.com.