The Existential Network

This Research Network, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, focuses on Franco-Scottish exchanges in the area of existential philosophy and literature and brings together the most prominent scholars and non-academic stakeholders actively involved in the re-assessment and promoting of the Scottish philosophical and literary heritage in France from the medieval period to the present day.

This project builds on the existing successful collaboration between Scottish academics and their French counterparts working in the cognate areas of literature, theology and existential philosophy. The PI, Dr Ramona Fotiade, has collaborated with colleagues from the School of Humanities (Prof. Broadie) and from Critical Studies (Prof. Jasper) in organising a major international conference on Faith and the Search for Certitude (2012) at the University of Glasgow, whose proceedings  were published with Ashgate – Embodiment:Phenomenological, Religious and Deconstructive Views of Living and Dying (2014). As a member of the Gifford Lectures Committee, the PI also helped organise Prof Jean-Luc Marion’s Gifford lectures and seminars at the University of Glasgow, which were published last year with OUP (Giveness and Revelation, 2016), with a preface by Dr Fotiade and Prof Jasper. In 2016, the Pl curated a retrospective exhibition at the Mairie du 6e in Paris to mark the 150th anniversary of the religious existential thinker, Lev Shestov  (1866  – 1938), whose work she has helped to bring back to critical attention through a range of academic activities and public events organised by the Lev Shestov Studies Society which she founded in 1996 at the University of Glasgow and which she directs. A number of KE events – including the release of a documentary film which the Pl produced to mark Lev Shestov’s sesquincentenary – were organised in Paris, London and Glasgow.