Big news everyone – After two years in North America (Toronto last year and New York City in 2016) – Stoicon is returning back across the Atlantic to London this year!
The world’s largest gathering of modern Stoics is slated to take place on Saturday, September 29, at Beveridge Hall in Senate House, London. John Sellars has taken the lead in organizing Stoicon 2018. The conference is co-sponsored by the Institute of Philosophy and the Institute of Classical Studies of the University of London.
Three invited speakers have been confirmed at this point:
Our keynote speaker this year will be a familiar name to everyone engaged in serious study of Stoic philosophy, A. A. Long! He is probably best known to many of our readers as the author of Epictetus. A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life, but has been making major contributions to study of ancient philosophy for nearly half a century.
Antonia Macaro is our second invited speaker. She will be discussing selected themes from her recent book More than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age.
Kai Whiting, an interdisciplinary researcher who has been adapting Stoicism to sustainability issues, will speak about Stoicism in relation to material possessions, consumerism, sustainability, and environmentalism.
We will be announcing the full roster of speakers and the specific titles of their talks as more details get sorted out. You can also expect, however, that members of the Stoicism Today team will be there, some of them to provide short plenary talks, and others to give longer, more in-depth workshops and talks in the break-out sessions.
As in past years, International Stoic Week will follow Stoicon, running from Monday, October 1 to Sunday, October 7. That’s an excellent time to schedule or to attend Stoic Week events (we’ll be listing all of them here on the Modern Stoicism site and in the Stoicism Today blog).
So if you belong to a local group, institution, or organization, and you’d like to have something to attend with other people interested in Stoicism during Stoic Week, now might be a good time to put the proverbial “bug in their ear” – suggest that they organize an event, or have their membership work through Stoic Week together.
We are also hoping that – as in previous years – there will also be a host of smaller Stoicon-X events around the same time for those who can’t attend Stoicon, or who want to get in on still more Stoic gatherings. Stoicon-X events took place on four continents last year – Australia, Europe, South America, and North America!
If you’re interested in putting together a Stoicon-X event for the Fall, you should take a look at the guidelines and helpful suggestions drawn up by the Modern Stoicism team. It’s also great to know that the Stoic Fellowship is also there to support organizations that want to host a Stoicon-X event!
Much more information will be coming out over the course of the next eight months leading up to Stoicon and Stoic Week (and hopefully, a lot of Stoicon-Xs and Stoic Week events). But for the present, save the dates on your calendar!