The International Conference

The Eighth International Kierkegaard Conference:

“The Wisdom of Kierkegaard: What Existential Lessons have you Learned from Him?”

June 13 – June 17, 2018, hosted by the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College

Conference Information

Scholars interested in presenting papers should send an abstract to Eileen Shimota ( by February 20, 2018 and a completed paper by April 15, 2018. Please title “Abstract” in the subject line and put your name on the abstract. A reading length of 20 minutes will be strictly observed. People willing to serve as commentators on papers should contact Eileen Shimota (

As in the past, the conference will include a dissertation panel. The panelists will have 10 minutes to discuss their research. Deadline to submit abstract is February 20, 2018.

There will also be a Spanish translation workshop. Please contact Maria Binnetti ( in this regards.

Registration is now available here. The deadline to register is April 1, 2018. 

St. Olaf College

The Eighth International Kierkegaard Conference will be held at St. Olaf College, a liberal arts institution located in Northfield, Minnesota. For more information about the college, click here. To view a campus map, click here.

Transportation to Campus

Scholars flying to Minnesota for the conference will most likely arrive at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Options include Northfield Metro Express and EcoTrans, which are outlined in greater detail on the St. Olaf transportation page.

If you are driving to St. Olaf and will be leaving your car on campus, you need to go to the Parking Office, located in the Business Office (Tomson Hall Rm 134), to get a complimentary parking permit as soon as you arrive on campus. Please not that St. Olaf Public Safety strictly enforces parking policies and all scholars must have a permit to avoid being ticketed.

Downtown Northfield

While the conference schedule is certainly busy, we hope that you will take some time to explore Northfield during your stay! Information about the town and its resources can be found on the city website and tourism page.