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 fully 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 fields such as

  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Art and Art Criticism
  • Visual Art
  • Music and Musicology
  • Performing Arts and Performance Theory
  • Literary Criticism
  • Architecture and Design
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Historiography
  • Anthropology and Ethnology
  • Biosemiotics 
  • Archeology
  • Psychology (Cultural, Gestalt, Developmental, Clinical, Humanistic)
  • Logic and the Theory of Knowledge
  • Communication Theory, Symbol Theory and Semiotics
  • Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
  • Media Theory
  • Social and Political Theory
  • Creativity Studies
  • Pedagogy and Educational Thought 
  • History of Philosophy
  • Information and Computing.


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.

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts (300-400 words) is now open, the deadline is February 6, 2022. Decisions will be announced by February.

Please submit your abstracts here:

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