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Memorial European Summer School in Philosophy


This international seminar is designed to open new avenues for philosophical discourse. Based in the Department of Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland, MESSP is a portal for the exchange of faculty. Students, and ideas between North American and universities from around the world in a variety of European locations during the summer semester, MESSP integrates North American faculty and graduate student research with that of our international colleagues. Our aim is to learn in a collaborative environment where  worldwide scholarship is celebrated and shared. Professors, independent scholars and graduate students work together in seminars, presentations and colloquia. 



MESSP offers a four-day immersive seminar in philosophy focusing upon a central theme with time allowed for cultural explorations. Participants typically give a 20 minute paper with plenty of time allocated for discussion. We strive to create a community and therefore strongly encourage participants to attend all papers, communal meals and extracurricular activities. Crucial to the success of MESSP is the willingness of our European hosts to integrate international scholars into an academic program at their university. Wherever possible, participants reside at the host university during the period of the meeting. This distinguishes MESSP from other summer schools: participation is equally shared among international researchers. 

Past and Present Hosts

 2014, Institute for Philosophy; Centre for Environment Science, University of Augsburg 

2015, Faculty of Theology, University of Freiburg 

2016 Ignatianum, Krakow; University of Warsaw 

2017, Husserl Archives: Higher Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven

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