The International Merleau-Ponty Circle is an organization of students, professors, and scholars interested in the thought of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. It was founded in 1976 and convenes once a year, usually in late summer or early fall, at various colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. During this annual three day conference, philosophers, psychologists, historians, social scientists, health care specialists, political theorists, artists and like-minded professionals present papers on different aspects of Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy as well as its interrelations with recent Continental philosophy and theory.  Conference directors have often arranged for publication of conference papers. There are approximately 750 members in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Membership in the Circle is open and you can also join our Facebook group. Donations to the M. C. Dillon Memorial Fund can be made here. See our page about the Circle for further information, or contact our General Secretary, Prof. Gail Weiss,, The George Washington University, DC, or our Associate General Secretary, Prof. David Morris,, Concordia University, Montreal. Any questions or concerns about this website should be directed to IMPC webmaster and designer Rawb Leon-Carlyle,

Annual Conference

The Forty-Second Annual Conference of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle will be held at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference dates are November 2-4, 2017 and the theme of the conference is “The Significance of Place”.  The conference is directed by Prof. Ann Murphy. Keynote address will be delivered by Rosalyn Diprose (University of New South Wales) and Gayle Salamon (Princeton University). The annual conference features the M. C. Dillon prize and lecture for the best graduate student paper submission.

Those interested in attending should consult the conference program and visit the conference website.

Related Calls for Papers

Scholars interested in the work of Merleau-Ponty should check this page regularly for upcoming CFPs of interest. If you are currently seeking submissions for a journal or conference related to the work of Merleau-Ponty, please submit your CFP to our webmaster.

Bylaws and Directors

Membership in the Circle is unrestricted. Visitors are encouraged to review our bylaws or a list of the Board of Directors of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle.


Programs from previous IMPC conferences are accessible through our Archive.
The Forty-First Annual Conference of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle was held at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario (Canada) from September 22-24, 2016. The theme of the conference was “Merleau-Ponty: Doing Philosophy from the Outside.” The conference was directed by Prof. Rajiv Kaushik. The M. C. Dillon prize and lecture for the best graduate student paper submission was awarded to Joel Reynolds (Emory University) for his paper “On Being Outside the (Normate) Body: Merleau-Ponty’s Aveugle and Crip Phenomenology”.