Latest Publication

Check out the latest edited volume drawn from our 2017 colloquium at the University of Florida, Gainesville:

Silence, Implicite et Non-Dit chez Rousseau / Silence, the Implicit and the Unspoken in Rousseau. Edited by Brigitte Weltman-Aron, Ourida Mostefai, Peter Westmoreland. Leiden: Brill | Rodopi, 2020.


RA Biennial Colloquium

The 2023 RA Colloquium on “Le réel, le possible et l’idéal chez Rousseau / The Real, the Possible and the Ideal in Rousseau” will take place at the Sorbonne (Amphitheatre Guizot) in Paris from June 1, 2023 at 2 pm to June 3, 2023 at 6 pm under the co-direction of Johanna Lenne-Cornuez and Louis Guerpillon. Keynote speakers are Eli Friedlander (Tel Aviv University) and Christophe Martin (Sorbonne University), and the program will be available in April. Admission to the public is free, but pre-registration is required at Please see here for additional details.

RA Virtual Conversation Series

On Friday, December 9, 2022, at 11:45 am EST, John T. Scott moderated and Denise Schaeffer served as respondent for a virtual conversation with Emma Planinc on the topic “Painting Political Philosophy: On Reading Rousseau as an Artist.” If you are a member of the RA, please check your inbox for details on the next virtual conversation, or else write to Masano Yamashita for a link.


The 2023 Rousseau Association ASECS panel “Rousseau and Gender” took place at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO, from March 9-11, 2023. See here for panel description.


Join the RA and Annual Renewal

It’s easy (and inexpensive) to join the Rousseau Association or to renew your annual membership!

Annual dues are only $40 for senior faculty, $20.00 for other faculty and non-faculty membership, and student and retired member annual dues are $10.00.

If you are already a member and have not yet paid your annual dues this year, please do so at this time, along with any past dues you may still owe.

Thank you for supporting our activities! We appreciate the vital role you play in our community from around the world interested in Rousseau and his legacies.  

The Rousseau Association is a bilingual society devoted to the study of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Our membership is multinational and interdisciplinary. We count among our numbers specialists from around the world in history, languages, literature, philosophy, political science, and other fields. We welcome members from all disciplines. Members receive an annual newsletter and are eligible to participate in Rousseau Association colloquia, as well as in panels that it sponsors at other professional meetings (such as those of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies).

The Association sponsors a colloquium every two years at locations across the United States and beyond. The meeting is usually devoted to a specific text or question, and all papers are given in plenary sessions.

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