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The 41 st  Annual Colloquy of the American Weil Society will be held at the University of Notre Dame on March 17-19, 2022 and will be organized by Professors Ann Astell and E. Jane Doering.

The topic of the colloquy will be: “Translations of Beauty: Simone Weil and Literature.” Papers can consider Weil’s use of literature, her skills in varied literary genres, her purposeful subversions of traditional meanings, her influence on other writers, etc. 

The colloquy will feature keynote speeches by Professors Robert Chenavier (President, Association pour l’étude de la pensée de Simone Weil), Vincent Lloyd (Villanova University) and Alex Nemerov (Stanford University), as well as a special roundtable dedicated to Peter Winch’s The Just Balance. Another special roundtable on translating Simone Weil’s work is also in the planning stages.

The conference will consist of a mixture of in-person, with standard paper presentations (held on March 17-19 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame) and some entirely virtual panels to be held on Zoom on three Fridays after the Conference (dates TBA). Please note that paper presenters will be asked to send a detailed two-page summary/outline of their talks by March 5.

IMPORTANT: The deadline for proposals is November 31 st , 2021. ** Your proposals (300 words maximum) should be prepared for anonymous review and emailed to E. Jane Doering (, with all contact details. Only members of the Society may submit proposal and deliver papers, but new members are always welcome.

The proposals will be reviewed by a committee, consisting of the hosts (Ann Astell and E. Jane Doering), the AWS President (Sophie Bourgault), and the AWS Vice President (Scott Ritner). Letters of acceptance will be sent out to participants prior to January 1st, 2022.

All members of the Notre Dame community will be welcome at no cost, but registration will be required.