Find recent scholarship pertaining to Rousseau from RA members here.

RA contributors collaborated on this work.

Check out this volume following related RA at ASECS panels.

Below is the edited volume inspired by the RA Colloquium at the University of Florida, Gainesville.


RA Biennial Colloquium

The 23rd RA Colloquium on “Le possible, le réel et l’idéal chez Rousseau / The Possible, the Real and the Ideal in Rousseau” took place at the Sorbonne in Paris from June 1-3, 2023 under the co-direction of Johanna Lenne-Cornuez and Louis Guerpillon. Keynote speakers were Eli Friedlander (Tel Aviv University) and Christophe Martin (Sorbonne University). See here for additional details, as well as for information about past RA colloquia. Preparations for the 2025 RA Colloquium are underway, with more details soon.


The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) 2024 Annual Meeting took place from April 4-6, 2024 in Toronto, Canada. See here for a description of the 2024 RA at ASECS roundtable session on “Rousseau and the Dupins/Rousseau chez les Dupin,” as well as for details on previous panels.

RA Virtual Conversation Series

The Virtual Conversation Series is an online discussion of recent Rousseau scholarship that takes place several times over the course of the year. On Friday, April 19, 2024, at 1:00 pm EST, Brigitte Weltman-Aron moderated a conversation with Jean-Luc Guichet, who presented “Climatisation du moi et temporalité subjective au XVIIIe siècle (Rousseau)” as part of his current research on the genesis of ecological thought. If you are a member of the Rousseau Association, check your inbox for details on the next event, and if you are interested in presenting at or moderating a conversation, please contact any member of the RA Executive Committee.

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We encourage you to join the global Rousseau Association network and to contribute to our discussions online via Email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!


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, virtual conversations, as well as in panels that it sponsors at other professional meetings (such as those of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies). Rousseau scholarship by members is shared on this site.

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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