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


Join us for the

7th Derrida Today Conference

June 12th – 15th, 2022

The Watergate Hotel

Washington, DC



Information and Updates


We are pleased to announce that the 7th Derrida Today Conference will be held in the conference facilities at The Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037.

The hotel is situated downtown, within easy walking distance to restaurants, cultural venues, and national monuments. As it is located on the Potomac River you can also enjoy walking along the riverside pathway. The hotel website is Visit Open Street Maps here for an overview of the vicinity.

The conference will begin on the afternoon of Sunday 12th June and will end late afternoon on Weds 15th June 2022.


The Watergate Hotel has a conference auditorium that can seat our attendees in theatre style while maintaining social distancing between individuals. The hotel staff are vaccinated, and caterers will wear masks when serving food and beverages at coffee breaks. Derrida Today has secured an entire floor of the conference facilities for itself and, for added safety, all delegates will be required to be vaccinated and to wear masks in conference rooms.


We have reserved a block of rooms at The Watergate Hotel at the discounted rate of $239 per night.

Two options are available for subsets of this block:

Option # 1. Hotel Room (Non-Refundable) with $150 Discount on Early Bird Registration Rate

Book a room at the special rate of $239 per night for the nights of June 12, 13, and 14, 2022 and receive a $150 discount on one Early Bird Registration Rate. This offer is only available on 62 rooms. Hotel rooms must be booked by December 17, 2021 and they are non-refundable after December 29, 2021. To proceed with this offer, you must first book your room with the hotel and then send the invoice to Derrida Today to gain access to our discount registration webpage. See the following link further instructions as well as terms and conditions: Hotel Room with Registration Discount Offer.

Option # 2. Hotel Room (Refundable) with NO Registration Rate Discount

Additional rooms are available at the discounted rate of $239 per night. These can be booked until April 30, 2022. For a full refund, these reservations must be cancelled by 6 pm (Eastern Time), 72 hours prior to arrival. Past that time, the first night of room and tax will be charged as a penalty. Under this option, conference rates will be those in effect at the time of registration.

Book Your Room!

To access the Derrida Today Conference reservations page at The Watergate Hotel, please use the link provided in your Conference Information letter, or email to receive it.


Hover and click on the following items:

Location and Street Map

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) -- 5 miles to The Watergate Hotel. 15 minutes (car), 30 minutes (from Airport Metrorail station). Terminal map.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) -- 26 miles (approximately 35 minutes) to The Watergate Hotel.

Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) -- 27 miles (approximately 70 minutes) to The Watergate Hotel.

Metro Train and Bus System
Airport Taxis and Other Ground Transportation


There are five keynote speakers for the 2022 conference:

The program will be ready after attendance is finalized.


The conference will be held in a hybrid format. This means:

  • Delegates can present papers either in-person or online.
  • All in-person sessions will be streamed (unless otherwise requested) and made available to all delegates after the conference.
  • If there are too few in-person delegates, or not enough have booked the discounted hotel rooms, or if a new COVID variant emerges that precludes travel, the conference will be moved to an entirely online format.



In-Person Attendees:

Early Bird Rate: $299 / Register by December 17, 2021

Standard Rate: $335 / Register by February 9, 2022

Late Rate: $375 / Register by May 9, 2022

Online Attendees:

Early Bird Rate: $150.00 / Register by December 17, 2021

Late Rate: $185.00 / Register by May 9, 2022

To register, click the “Regular Registration” button below to access the registration processing page at Ticket Tailor.

Regular Registration


Early Bird: $149.00 / Register by December 17, 2021

This option is available for up to 62 delegates who opt to book a room at The Watergate Hotel under the “Hotel Room (Non-Refundable) with $150 Discount off Early Bird Registration Rate” offer. To access this offer, book your room with the hotel and then email your hotel invoice to Derrida Today. You will be sent a link to access the discounted registration page. See the following link for further information as well as terms and conditions: Hotel Room with Registration Discount Offer.


We are now inviting new submissions. Abstracts and panel proposals are due November 15, 2021. Please click the following button to see the CFP (English):


If you have any questions or queries at this time, please email us at


Past Conferences

1st Derrida Today Conference

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


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)