Feeling, Form, Mind: A Conference on the Thought of Susanne K. Langer

deadline for submissions: 
February 6, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Feeling, Form, Mind: A Conference on the Thought of Susanne K. Langer

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

June 22–24, 2022

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 full-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 various fields.


In order to further exchange and debate among these fields, there will be only plenary sessions with ample time for discussion. Contributions should be around 30 minutes long.

We are aiming at providing funding for scholars without institutional backing.

The conference will be held as a face-to-face event at the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt, and it is expected that presenters will be physically present; there is the possibility of scholars auditing online.


The deadline for submissions is February 6, 2022. Please submit your abstracts here: https://indico.aesthetics.mpg.de/event/3/abstracts/