Registration open: The Future as a Present Concern Online 2021 NUIG – IPS – BSP

Six exceptional keynotes and around 70 speakers. Registration open now for the online international conference 1–3 September 2021 + 9 days catch-up. 

 Online international conference between the National University of Ireland Galway / Ollscoil Na hÉireann Gaillimh, The Irish Philosophical Society / Cumann Fealsúnachta Na Héireann, and the British Society for Phenomenology.

This conference explores the question of the future from phenomenological and other philosophical perspectives. There will be papers on various aspects of this question, whether ontological, ethical, aesthetical, epistemological, and in relation to political theory, gender theory, critical race theory, ecology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, and analytic philosophy.


 Invited Speakers:

  • Prof. Andrew Benjamin (Distinguished Professor of Architectural Theory at the University of Technology, Sydney; Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Thought at Monash University): "Future as Suspension"
  • Prof. Rebecca Braun (Executive Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies, NUIG; Director of the Institute for Social Futures, Lancaster University 2017-2020): "Literary Futures: What Fiction can Tell Policy Makers"
  • Prof. Shaun Gallagher (Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor of Philosophy, The University of Memphis; Professorial Fellow, SOLA, University of Wollongong): "The Future As Action"
  • Fiona Hallinan (Artist, researcher, and co-founder of the Department of Ultimology; PhD student at LUCA School of Arts, KU Leuven, Ghent, Belgium): "On Ultimology, or the study of endings"
  • Prof. Sara Heinämaa (Professor of Philosophy, Academy Professor 2017–2021, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland): "Phenomenology as Vocation: A Project Instituted by the Will for a Future"
  • Dr Alessandro Salice (Lecturer in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University College Cork, Ireland): "Realist Phenomenology: A Plaidoyer"



So much human emotion, thought, and action is orientated to the future. Hopes and fears, plans and strategies, promises and interventions, derive their meaning from future intentions. However, as philosophers from Aristotle to Heidegger have pointed out, the future is that which is not yet. The future does not exist, tomorrow never comes. Therefore, the question arises as to how we should understand the future. Is the future simply non-being at the limits of the present? If so, does the present have any real connection with a putative future that does not yet exist? The founder of phenomenology, Edmund Husserl, in tackling such questions stressed the future as an aspect of the present. In his terms, each present consciousness is characterized by protention, in other words, the anticipation of a future not as actively planned or envisaged but as passively expected. The present is not an abstract moment but a flow of past and future intentional directions.

 This conference seeks to contribute to understanding the future as a present concern both with respect to the underlying issues of temporal orientation and the pressing questions of today as we face into an increasingly uncertain future.

Conference format:

The conference will take place on a dedicated online conference platform with video, Zoom, and chat forums accessible only by registered participants. Invited speakers will be streamed live over Zoom and will include time for managed Q&As. Panel speaker presentations will be pre-recorded videos of 20 minutes with Q&As via a chat forum. The event will be scheduled according to a timetable over the three days of the conference; after that the conference platform will remain open for 9 days so everyone will be able to see everything they wish and rewatch and discuss presentations over an extended period. Check out the feedback for the 2020 online conference to see what participants thought of this setup.


Conference fees:

  • Free to members of the BSP and IPS.
  • Non-members of the IPS and BSP can become members by either joining the BSP or joining the IPS during the registration process.


Find out more:

The Future as a Present Concern Online 2021 NUIG – IPS – BSP


Blackstone Innovation Award 2018

Congratulations to the team from our Philosophical Dialogue Project on winning the Blackstone Innovation Award 2018 for their social innovation project in P4C.

IYPA 2018

Pupils from Sciol Iognaid 6th class took an entry to the Irish Young Philosopher's Awards Festival at UCD guided by facilitators from the Philosophical Dialogue Project.

World Philosophy Day 2017

PhD students Lucy Elvis and Annie McKeown O'Donovan were invited to a special reception at Áras an Uachtaráin to celebrate World Philosophy Day 2017 with 6th class students from Galway City who participated in our P4C in-school pilot.

Explore Project Funding 2017

Students and staff from NUIG Philosophy won the Explore grant to design and deliver Ireland's first Philosophy Summer Camp.

World Bioethics Day (19th October, 2016)

There will be a one-day symposium on Irish Bioethics on the above date from 10.00-16.15 in the Seminar Room 203 (the original Moore Institute seminar room), NUI Galway.   To register (free, but limited numbers), or for further information, please go to: www. or contact

Culture Within Dialogue East-West

11th November, 2016 will see an International Conference on Cross-Cultural Philosophy coming to NUIGalway on 11 November, 2016.    Venue:  The Hardiman Building, Moore Institute Seminar Room, G011.    Further information can be got at  "International Research Group for Culture and Dialogue" 


Seminar on Poetry and Philosophy

You are cordially invited to above Seminar on Wednesday 25th May 2016 from 2-4 pm in Hardiman Building G011, NUIGalway.

Speakers:   Prof. William Desmond (KU Leuven):  "Poetic Porosity and Astonished Prayer:   On the Poetics of Sean O'Riordain"  and   Prof. Felix O Murchadha (NUIG)  "Gerald Manley Hopkins: Nature and Emotion".   All Welcome


 Paul Crowther

We are pleased to invite participation in a one day symposium on Paul Crowther's Aesthetics - to be held at the National University of Ireland, Galway; May 12, 2016.

There is no fee to attend this sympsoium and all are welcome.   To register your interest or with any queries please email crowthersymposium

This programme and further details about the symposium can be found at

Research Seminar

The Moore Institute and the Discipline of Philosophy are pleased to invite you to the following Research Seminar:

"Idea, Multiplicity, Reflection, Merleau-Ponty's Radical Concepts"

By Prof. Dorothea Olkowski, University of Colorado

Date:   Tuesday, 12th April, 2016:       Time:    4pm:        Venue:   The Hardiman Research Building, G011 Seminar Room.


Philosophy Caption

The discipline of Philosophy is delighted to welcome Professor Jonathan Wolff to NUI, Galway as part of the President of Ireland's Ethics Initiative. He will deliver a public lecture on 'Social Equality and Poverty' to which you are warmly invited. 

Date:  Friday 10th October, 2014

Time:  4pm

Venue:  Aula Maxima Lower


Nietzsche Symposium at NUI, Galway

NietzscheThe Galway Nietzsche Symposium is a one-day event that brings together academics and advanced graduate students working on Nietzsche from John Cabot University Rome, NUI Galway and University College Cork.

Date:   30th October, 2015

Time:   10-30-5.00

Venue:   THB-G011 Seminar Room, James Hardiman Building

Please see the following link for further information:

 Symposium:   29th February at 12.30 - 5.30pm. in G011 Hardiman Research Building on the Phenomenology of Theatre and Film.   All Welcome.

Previous International Workshop: Kant and Nietzsche: Religion, 19th March 2014 at following link.

 Conceptions of Causality and Freedom in the History of Metaphysics‌ - Graduate Workshop - 2nd April, 2014


 Philosophy Seminar Series 2015/2016

Ronan Powell will present a paper on "Pierre Hadot's Philosophy as a Way of Life: A Critique" on Monday 18th January, 2016 in Tom Duddy Seminar Room Philosophy Building, 19 Distillery Road at 3pm.   All Welcome.

Lucy Elvis will present a paper 'On "Good" Buildings, the question of Architecture and Ethos' on Monday 1st February, 2016 at 3pm in Tom Duddy Seminar Room, Philosophy Building, 19 Distillery Road at 3pm.  All Welcome.

Annie McKeown O'Donovan will present a paper on 'Acts, omissions and assisted suicide: some reflections on the Marie Fleming case' on Monday 15th February, 2016 at 3pm in Tom Duddy Seminar Room, Philosophy Building, 19 Distillery Road at 3pm.   ALL WELCOME

Michael Hardiman will present a paper on "Hannah Arendt and the banality of human evil" on Thursday 3rd March 2016 at 2pm in Tom Duddy Seminar Room, Philosophy Buidling, 19 Distillery Road.   All Welcome

Donna Maguire will present a paper on Deliberation: A Vehicle for Progress? on Monday March 7th at 3pm in Tom Duddy Seminar Room, Philosophy Building, 19 Distillery Road, Galway.    All Welcome

Kathy Rooney will present a paper on 'Epistemic Injustice: An Analysis' on Monday March 14th, 2016 at 3pm in Tom Duddy Seminar Room, Philosophy Building, 19 Distillery Road, Galway.   All Welcome

Aideen Clayton will present a paper on 'Are we distracted from leading a virtuous life? Reflections on the works of Gabriel Marcel' on Monday 4th April, 2016 at 3pm in the Tom Duddy Seminar Room , Philosophy Building, 19 Distillery Road, Galway.   All Welcome.

Greg Crowley will present a paper on Derrida and Husserl "The Impossibility of a Naked Thought" on Monday 11th April, in the Tom Duddy Seminar Room, Philosophy Building,19 Distillery Road, at 3pm.   All Welcome.