The Derrida Today conferences are a means by which to bring together a community of Derrida/deconstruction scholars from around the world, and to showcase the latest work in Derrida Studies, and its relevance to cultural, political, and social practice.

Derrida Today Conferences

The Derrida Today journal was launched at the 1st Derrida Today Conference in Sydney in 2008. Directed by Nicole Anderson, the conferences are hosted and co-organised biennially with colleagues from various institutions around the world. See below for the forthcoming conference.

7th Derrida Today Conference

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Conference postponed (see below)


February 27, 2020

Out of concern for the health and safety of our delegates, the 7th Derrida Today Conference has been postponed until 2021 due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Abstracts and panels submitted for this conference will stand as accepted for the 2021 event, for those who wish to attend. Details will be disseminated in the next few months. If you have any questions or queries at this time, please email us at



March 6, 2020

Dear delegates/colleagues and friends,

You may have received an invitation from Stephane Lojkine and Francesca Manzari in Aix-Marseilles about a Derrida gathering that will be held in Aix in June.

For clarity this is NOT the 7th Derrida Today Conference.

As is underscored in the message from the Director General of the World Health Organisation of 2 days ago (link), the situation with the virus is unpredictable and unstable.

I therefore felt it to be the most responsible and ethical decision to postpone the Derrida Today conference (NOT cancelled) until 2021 for fear of disruption and given the increasing gravity and volatility of the COVID-19 virus.

That is, the decision was made in order to a) keep delegates safe b) limit the spread of the virus c) and postpone early enough while delegates could still change their plans, and avoid being stranded or quarantined if it came to that.

I wish my Aix colleagues every success, but I repeat this is NOT the 7th Derrida Today Conference. This new gathering in Aix will NOT be supplying the Derrida Today journals.

For those of you who had an abstract accepted for Derrida Today, it will stand for next year if you wish to attend. And you are most welcome to put in a new abstract if you want to present new research/ideas.

If anyone needs a letter from Derrida Today on official letterhead to say the conference has been postponed in order to receive refunds on accommodations or otherwise, please let me know asap, and I will help facilitate a refund if possible. All paid registrations have now been reimbursed.

I hope this removes any confusion.

Meanwhile, stay safe and healthy. I hope to see many of you at the rescheduled Derrida Today conference next year. I will update you all about the new venue in due course.

Warm wishes, Nicole

Executive Director, Derrida Today Conferences Pty Ltd
General Editor, Derrida Today Journal (Edinburgh University Press)



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Executive Director: Nicole Anderson (Macquarie University)

Derrida Today Conferences Organizing Committee: Nicole Anderson, Matthias Fritsch, Stella Gaon, Lynn Turner


The 7th Derrida Today conference will be broadly interdisciplinary and invites contributions from a range of academic, disciplinary and cultural contexts. We will consider papers and panel proposals on any aspect of Derrida’s work, or deconstruction, in relation to various topics and contemporary issues.

While the conference welcomes papers on diverse topics and from any discipline in relation to Derrida’s work and deconstruction, it is also interested in discussions around ‘borders’ in light of the current challenges we face in regards to migration and refugees (particularly between Europe and Africa-Middle East), climate change, eco-genocide, and Derrida’s thinking on democracy, community, mondialization and globalization in the face of current ‘border’ closures, heightened sovereign rule, and the European Union-Brexit crisis.

CFP now closed

Past Conferences

1st Derrida Today Conference

Hosted by: Macquarie University, Sydney (10-12 July 2008)

Organisers: Nicole Anderson and Nick Mansfield


  • Andrew Benjamin (Monash University)
  • Catherine Malabou (Kingston University)
  • Martin McQuillan (Kingston University)

Roundtable: Nicole Anderson, Stephen Barker, Andrew Benjamin, Niall Lucy, Catherine Malabou, Martin McQuillan, Robert Sinnerbrink, and Margrit Shildrick

Special Panel Speakers: Niall Lucy, McKenzie Wark, John Kinsella, Michael Dillon, Howard Caygill, Elina Staikou, Penelope Deutscher, Vicky Kirby

2nd Derrida Today Conference

Hosted by: Kingston University, London (19-21 July 2010)

Organisers: Simon Morgan Wortham, Nicole Anderson and Martin McQuillan


  • Geoffrey Bennington (Emory University)
  • Marion Hobson (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Peggy Kamuf (University of Southern California)
  • Nicholas Royle (University of Sussex)

Special Panel Speakers: Derek Attridge, Stephen Barker, Grant Farred, Joanna Hodge, Simon Morgan Wortham

3rd Derrida Today Conference

Hosted by: University of California, Irvine (11-13 July 2012)

Organisers: Stephen Barker and Nicole Anderson


  • Claire Colebrook (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Penny Deutscher (Northwestern University)
  • David Wills (Brown University)

Special Panel Speakers: Nicole Anderson, Alice Andrews, Stephen Barker, Howard Caygill, Pleshette DeArmitt, Jonathan Dronsfield, Peter Gratton, Joanna Hodge, Kas Saghafi, Elina Staikou

4th Derrida Today Conference

Hosted by: Fordham University, New York (28-31 May 2014)

Organisers: Sam Haddad and Nicole Anderson


  • Karen Barad (University of California – Santa Cruz)
  • Elizabeth Grosz (Duke University)
  • Martin Hagglünd (Harvard University)
  • Michael Naas (De Paul University)

Special Panel Speakers: Geoffrey Bennington, Kir Kuiken, David Wills, Peter Gratton, Giovanna Borradori.

Screening: “Love in the Post: from Plato to Derrida” by Joanne Callighan & Martin McQuillan.

5th Derrida Today Conference

Hosted by: Goldsmiths, University of London (8-11 June 2016)

Executive Director: Nicole Anderson (Macquarie University)

Co-Directors/Organizers: Lynn Turner (Goldsmiths) and Nicole Anderson


  • Kelly Oliver (Vanderbilt University)
  • Paul Patton (University of New South Wales)
  • David Wills (Brown University)
  • Julian Wolfreys (Portsmouth University)

Special Panel Speakers: Sam Haddad, Andrew Parker, Erin Graff Zivin, Jacques Lezra, David Wood, Francesco Vitale, Erin Obodiac, Peter Gratton, Rob Trumbull, Marie-Eve Morin, Felicity Coleman, Joanna Hodge, Daniele Rugo.

6th Derrida Today Conference

Hosted by: Concordia University, Montreal (23-26 May 2018)

Executive Director: Nicole Anderson (Macquarie University)

Co-Directors/Organizers: Matthias Fritsch (Concordia) and Stella Gaon (Saint Mary’s University)


  • Tom Cohen (University at Albany, State University of New York, USA)
  • Drucilla Cornell (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Alexander Garcia-Düttmann (Berlin University of the Arts, Germany)
  • Ginette Michaud (Université de Montréal, Canada)
  • Elizabeth Rottenberg (De Paul University, USA)