Oxford University Department of Continuing Education
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA

A residential course of four talks on French existentialism with discussions.
Talks will be given by Kate Kirkpatrick and Jonathan Webber.

2.45pm on Saturday 11th to 2.00pm on Sunday 12th January 2020

Further details and a booking form are available at the OUDCE website.


Existentialism Today
St George’s Bristol, Great George St, Bristol, BS1 5RR

24 October 2019
7.00pm – 9.00pm

Julian Baggini interviewed Kate Kirkpatrick and Jonathan Webber about the relevance of the works of Beauvoir and Sartre today.

A recording of this conversation is now available as an episode of the Microphilosophy podcast.

Philosophy in the Bookshop : 1 December 2018
Norrington Room, Blackwell’s Bookshop, 50 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ

11.00am – 12.00pm

Nigel Warburton will interview Jonathan Webber

There may well be mince pies and mulled wine.
There will certainly be books. Lots of books.

Free! Please register your interest in advance.


Fanon, Beauvoir, and the Existentialist Ethics of Freedom : 8 November 2018
Sing Lit Station, 22 Dickson Road, #02-01, Singapore 209506

8.00pm – 10.00pm

Farhan Idris will interview Jonathan Webber via Google Hangout at 8pm

Followed by discussion of central chapters of the book at 9pm

Free! Space is limited. To attend, you need to register in advance.


Book launch posterBook Launch party: 3 October 2018 
I Want To Ride My Bike café, 26 Park Place, Cardiff

6.00pm – 8.00pm
The café will be serving cakes, teas, coffees, beers, wines, ciders, juices, and fizzy pop.

There will be some books. There will be brief words about the book, probably around 6.45.

Supported by The Royal Institute of Philosophy

Everyone is welcome! No need to register – just turn up!


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The Future of Existentialism workshop: 22 January 2016

A one-day workshop for people considering doing postgraduate research on the theoretical, biographical, or literary works of Beauvoir, Fanon, Sartre or other existentialist thinkers.

Each participant gave a short paper analysing or applying some aspect of existentialism.

Participants were required to have been awarded, or be currently studying towards, a Bachelors or Masters degree in a discipline relevant to their paper. UK travel and accommodation expenses were covered by the workshop.

Event was held at Cardiff University. Participants were selected through the workshop’s call for papers.


Rethinking Existentialism in Psychotherapy: 13 January 2016
Montague Room, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU

10.00 – 16.30

Legacies of Colonialism
Lennox Thomas, psychotherapist and vice-chair of the Refugee Therapy Centre
Jonathan Webber, philosopher at Cardiff University

Drama and Play
Eva Koumpli, psychodrama psychotherapist
Rebecca Pitt, researcher at The Open University

The Lived Body
Katherine Morris, philosopher at Oxford University
Miles Clapham, consultant psychiatrist and Lecturer at the Philadelphia Association

Registration costs were just £10 at the standard rate, £5 for students/unwaged.
The conference attracted 50 registrants.

Recordings of the conference talks are available on the project’s YouTube channel.


Simone de Beauvoir workshop: 25 November 2015
Aberdare Hall, Cardiff University
photo of Simone de Beauvoir
9.30am – 6.00pm

Beauvoir’s Methods of Ethics
Rafe McGregor (Leeds)

Metaphysics, Existentialism and Political Categories in The Second Sex
Stella Sandford (Kingston)

Beauvoir and the Ambiguities of Motherhood
Alison Stone (Lancaster)

Beauvoir on Masculinity: Thinking about the First Sex and Beyond
Ursula Tidd (Manchester)

Beauvoir’s Derivation of the Categorical Imperative
Jonathan Webber (Cardiff)


Frantz Fanon workshop: 19 September 2015photo of Frantz Fanon
Pearson Lecture Theatre, UCL main entrance
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

9.30am – 4.00pm

Fanon and Ambedkar: combatting race and caste
Meena Dhanda (Wolverhampton)

Fanon at 90
Lewis Gordon (Connecticut)

Colonialism and Medicine
Azzedine Haddour (UCL)

Fanon as Psychiatrist and Existentialist
Jonathan Webber (Cardiff)

Event organised in collaboration with Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman, who was then Research Associate in the Philosophy of ‘Race’ at UCL. Held the day after the UK Sartre Society conference on Existentialism, Race, and Gender and very well attended.


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Sartre Afternoon: 20 May 2015

room G.16, Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol

2.00pm – Is Sartre a Dualist? – Matthew Eshleman (UNC Wilmington)

3.00pm – Sartre’s Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions – Jonathan Webber (Cardiff)

Then on to a cafe for tea and cake. With thanks to Havi Carel and the University of Bristol’s Philosophy department for hosting this event.