16th Annual International Conference

Solidarity & Community

St. Michael's College | Colchester, VT, USA

July 21-July 24, 2021

The NALS Board of Directors met in early May 2020 to discuss the feasibility of continuing with the plan to host an in-person conference in Vermont this July 2020.  Unfortunately, we decided that it is necessary to postpone the “Solidarity and Community” conference until summer 2021. All of the proposals will carry over until next summer. If you would like to pull your proposal from consideration, please let conference organizer, Katie Kirby, know. Otherwise, we will be reviewing proposals in the coming weeks, and we plan to let people know by June 10th.
If you have any questions about NALS 2021 in Vermont, please contact
Dr. Katie Kirby, Associate Professor Philosophy and Director of Global Studies at St. Michael's College. 



North American Levinas Society

15th Annual Conference

July 21st–24th, 2020, St. Michael’s College (Colchester, Vermont)


The 15th annual conference of the North American Levinas Society will be held July 21st to 24th, 2020, at St. Michael’s College, in Colchester, Vermont – just a 5 minute drive from Burlington.


The theme for the upcoming conference is "Solidarity and Community.”  NALS welcomes submissions on all topics relevant to the work of Emmanuel Levinas, but we especially encourage topics that address the conference theme, including but not limited to:


  • Solidarity, service, and/or social justice

  • Conceptions of ethical community

  • Religion and community

  • Levinas in dialogue with Christianity and/or Catholic social teaching

  • Righteousness and human rights

  • Non-violence, restorative justice, and/or peace

  • Equality, equity, and justice

  • Immigration, solidarity, and community

  • Climate justice and our shared environment

  • Intersectionality, justice, and solidarity movements

  • Race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability in community

  • Generational solidarity & community



Please prepare materials for blind review and send them via email attachment by March 10th, 2020, to the conference host, Katie Kirby (kkirby@smcvt.edu), with the subject “NALS 2020 Proposal." All submissions will be acknowledged, and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by March 30th, 2020, along with information on conference registration. 


  • Individual Paper Proposals should be 200–300 words for a 15–20 minute presentation.

  • Panel Proposals should be 400 words for 75–90 minute panel sessions. Please include on separate cover the session title and name of organizer or panel chair, along with participants’ names, institutional affiliations, disciplines or departments.


Please direct all inquiries concerning the conference to the conference host, Katie Kirby (kkirby@smcvt.edu). General questions regarding the Society should be directed to Erik Garrett, NALS President (garrette@duq.edu) or Dara Hill, NALS Executive Secretary (levinassociety@gmail.com).