The due date for submitting a paper proposal has been extended for one month. Any proposal received by October 31 will receive equal consideration with all others. Directions for submitting a proposal remain unchanged. Anyone who very much needs to hear this month (and not next) whether their proposal has been approved should alert Br. Justin at his given email:

AMA 2014 Conference



T H E  A M E R I C A N   M A R I T A I N   A S S O C I A T I O N

Announces Its

37th Annual International Meeting

Thursday – Saturday, 27 February – 1 March, 2014, in Providence, Rhode Island

“The Young  Jacques: Bergson, Raïssa, and Friends”


(with special thanks to its Philosophy and Theology Departments!)


AMA President: Michael D. Torre.

Program Committee: Giuseppe Butera (General Editor and Local Chair), Br. Justin Gable, O.P. (Vice President and Program Chair), James G. Hanink (Treasurer), Joshua W. Schulz (Secretary and Web Editor), and Michael D. Torre


Paper Submission Instructions


This year’s conference theme is “The Young Jacques: Bergson, Raïssa, and Friends.” 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Jacques Maritain’s first book, La Philosophie Bersonienne (1914) and the 70th anniversary of his two later essays on Bergson in De Bergson À Thomas D’Aquin (1944). Both were translated in Bergsonian Philosophy and Thomism (1955). 2014 also marks the 70th anniversary of the second volume of Raïssa Maritain’s memoirs (each volume being translated as We Have Been Friends Together and Adventures in Grace) that so richly detail the crucial time of their youth and the intimate friends who shared their life journey. The conference thus invites papers principally on four main interlocking areas of interest. First, any paper is welcomed in relation to Bergson’s person and philosophy, their impact on his period, and Maritain’s relation to them. A second focus is on the importance of Raïssa’s thought and person, in themselves, and in relation to Bergson and/or to Jacques. The conference especially focuses on Jacques “at his beginning,” and thus in relation to his “life project,” as he conceived it at this formative time and as he decisively began to act on it. Finally, we will have the opportunity to meditate on friendship and its importance: both to Jacques and Raïssa as they began their life journey together and also to any similar intellectual and spiritual adventure. Beyond these “focal centers,” a submitted abstract or paper on related topics of philosophical merit is most welcome

Paper presentations at the conference should be limited to 25 minutes reading time, with 15 minutes for discussion. To submit an electronic proposal abstract of approximately 500 words, please visit the proposal submission site. In order to receive full consideration, proposals should be completed online by no later than Monday, September 30, 2013. Submissions received by August 15th will be acted on within one month’s time, to confirm participation for prospective authors so that they can apply for any needed university travel funds in September (and, in any case, no later than late October). Questions on the submission of proposals should be directed to the Program Chair Br. Justin Gable, OP, at In addition, the AMA extends an invitation to societies or individuals interested in organizing a satellite session for the 2014 conference. Complete details regarding the submission of satellite session proposals are available at the web address indicated above.

A special invitation is extended to graduate students. A stipend of $250.00 will be awarded to the outstanding graduate student paper selected by the Program Committee. In order to be considered for this award, you must submit a completed paper (not just an abstract), together with the faculty member who is sponsoring its consideration. The award recipient must be present at the conference to receive the stipend, which will be awarded at the AMA Awards Banquet. The deadline for submitting any completed graduate paper is November 30, 2013.

The conference will be held at the Biltmore Hotel and then at Providence College. Both are located in Providence, a city accessible by air (T.F. Green Airport) and by numerous highways. The full lineup of our exciting Plenary Speakers, the conference registration fee, and further details will soon be announced on our Notre Dame website ( and then will be announced again in our Fall Newsletter. In the meantime, please do mark your calendars for February 27-March 1.We have already secured excellent and convenient accommodations at the Biltmore Hotel: Superior Kings at $119 and Junior Suites at $129. After July 20th, you can call the Biltmore at (401) 421-0700 or (800) 294-7709: just mention the American Maritain Association to reserve whichever room you desire (and you may cancel by February 6 without consequence). We are presently holding only 30 rooms for Thursday and 35 for Friday and Saturday, each day evenly divided between Superior Kings and Junior Suites (which have two King beds and thus can be shared). We regard this number as the absolute minimum and expect it may be necessary to reserve more rooms. We are presently unclear about this, as we are about whether there should be more single or double rooms reserved. We are therefore asking all who expect to be staying at the Biltmore to indicate your need to the Program Chair Br. Justin Gable now, at the above email. That will enable us to set aside sufficient rooms for all who need them.