Belated Birthday

Simone de Beauvoir’s 100th birthday was 9 January.  Julie Ward has posted a list of events commemorating the events on SWIP-L, and I thought I’d pass it on.

Colloque Simone de Beauvoir. Under the direction of Julia Kristeva, this colloquium is to be held in Paris from 9-11 January, and will coincide with Beauvoir’s actual birthday. A range of international speakers will address Beauvoir’s contributions to feminism, philosophy, and literature. For more information contact:

The Legacies of Simone de Beauvoir. Organised by the International Simone de Beauvoir Society, this conference will be held in the North of England, in Newcastle, in June. For more information contact:

International Association for Philosophy and Literature. A special session will be devoted to the work of Beauvoir at the association’s meeting in Melbourne, Australia, in July. For more information contact: Gail Weiss at

Association for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC). A session on Beauvoir will be held in Vancouver, Canada, in June, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information contact: Christine.DaigleATBrocku.CA

North American Sartre Society. A session on Beauvoir will be held at the society’s biennial meeting Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA in April. For more information contact: Christine.DaigleATBrocku.CA

Age/Aging. On Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Coming of Age”. International Expert Meeting at the University of Vienna, February 22-23, 2008. Organized by Silvia Stoller. Simone de Beauvoir’s philosophical study on “The Coming of Age” (originally published in French as “La vieillesse” 1970), will be the subject of this meeting. Contact:

American Philosophical Association. “The Philosophical Feminism of Simone de Beauvoir, Invited Symposium,” at the APA Central Division Meeting, April 17-20, 2008, Chicago IL. Speakers: Nancy Bauer, Sara Heinamaa, Karen Vintges; Session Chair: Margaret Simons. Organized by Julie K. Ward, email:

Or you could read a discussion of the way (naked, from the rear) she’s been depicted in the French mag Nouvel Observateur, in their birthday commemoration.