Rodolphe Gasché (keynote)  holds the Eugenio Donato Chair of Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He has written extensively on philosophical and literary topics, including the work of Jacques Derrida, Georges Bataille, Paul de Man, Martin Heidegger, and Immanuel Kant, as well as German idealism, German Romanticism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and critical theory. In 2008 he published book Europe, Or The Infinite Task (2008). He most recent publication is  The Stelliferous Fold: Toward a Virtual Law of Literature’s Self-Formation (2011)


Denis Guénoun (keynote) is Professor of Literature at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). A playwright and essayist, he has published numerous books in the fields of theater and philosophy, including Le Théâtre est-il nécessaire ? (Circé, 1997), Après la révolution (Belin 2003), Actions et acteurs (Belin, 2005), and Livraison et délivrance (Belin, 2009). His work has been translated into several languages and an American translation of his book Hypothèses sur l’Europe (Circé, 2000) will be published by Stanford University Press in 2013. In addition, Professor Guénoun serves as the Editorial Board Director for the « Expériences philosophiques » collection of the Éditions des Solitaires Intempestifs and for the « Théâtre et philosophie » collection of the Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne.

Jayne Svenungsson is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Uppsala University and holds a position as Senior Lecturer at Stockholm School of Theology, where she teaches systematic theology and philosophy of religion. She is currently involved in the research project Time, Memory and Representation: A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness


   Matthias Flatscher studied philosophy and german literature. He has been working at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna since 2000. In 2006 he finished his PhD thesis which focuses on Heidegger’s and Wittgenstein’s approach to language. From 2010 to 2011 he worked as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at the Husserl-Archiv in Freiburg. His main research interests are philosophy of language and political philosophy following especially phenomenological and deconstructive perspectives.


  Peter Trawny is German philosopher, who has worked as a visiting professor in Vienna, Shanghai  and Stockholm. He has specialized in phenomenology and hermeneutics, where his main research interests are political philosophy, ethics and philosophy of religion. He has published important books treating the thought of Heidegger, Hörderlin, Arendt, Jûnger, including Martin Heidegger. Einführung (2003), Heidegger und Hölderlin oder Der Europäische Morgen (2004), Denkbarer Holocaust. Die politische Ethik Hannah Arendts(2005), Sokrates oder Die Geburt der Politischen Philosophie (2007), Die Autorität des Zeugen. Ernst Jüngers politisches Werk (2009). He works also as an editor of Martin Heideggers Gesamtausgaben.


  Sergei Prozorov is presently Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the Department of Political and Economic Studies at the University of Helsinki. He is the author of four monographs, the most recent being The Ethics of Postcommunism (Palgrave, 2009).



   Susanna Lindberg is a lecturer of philosophy at the University of Tampere. She ia a member of the research project “Rethinking Cultural Diversity in Europe” financed by the “University of Helsinki Network for European Studies”. Her last published books are ‘Heidegger contre Hegel: Les irréconciliables’. (2010) and ‘Entre Heidegger et Hegel : L’éclosion et vie de l’être’  (2011), as well as an edited volume on Hegel’s phenomenology of spirit (forthcoming in spring 2012 (‘Tulkintoja Hegelin hengen fenomenologiasta’). She has written articles on german idealism, Heidegger and French contemporary philosophy, and translated philosophical texts from French into Finnish.

  Ari Hirvonen is adjunct professor in legal philosophy and legal theory. His main research interests are legal philosophy, phenomenology, psychoanalysis and critical theory. Recently, Hirvonen has done research on the phenomena of normativity and the symbolic order, and on the fundamental elements of the European law and polity.



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  Mika Ojakangas is Professor of Political Thought at the University of Jyväskylä. He has published numerous books and articles on continental political theory, political theology, and the history of ethical and political thought, including A Philosophy of Concrete Life: Carl Schmitt and the Late Modern Political Thought (2006) which deals with Carl Schmitt’s political thought. He is currently writing a monograph on the history of the concept and the idea conscience in the Western tradition tentatively entitled as The Voice of Conscience: A Genealogy of Western Ethical Experience.


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