Latest Publication

Check out the latest 2020 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.

Plans for new a volume on Rousseau and Aesthetic Experience Underway

As a follow-up to the 2019 RA colloquium, a volume of essays on the topic of the conference, “Rousseau and Aesthetic Experience: Art, Nature, Politics” will be edited by Jennie Nell and Maria Gullstam. More information to come soon.


RA Biennial Colloquium

Join us for the 2021 colloquium of the Rousseau Association on the topic of “Rereading Rousseau’s Essay on the Origin of Languages / L’Essai sur l’origine des langues de Rousseau : une relecture.” Colloquium Director Nathan Martin will host us at the University of Michigan from May 21-23, 2021. See here for details and Call for Papers. Proposals due by December 10, 2020.


The 2021 Rousseau Association ASECS panel “The Strange, the Stranger, the Foreigner in Rousseau/L’étrange, l’étranger chez Rousseau” will take place at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies online meeting from April 8-10, 2021.

Our COVID-19 Statement

The Rousseau Association wishes all its members and website visitors good health and safety. We salute the work of health professionals and those providing essential services all over the world. We wish a quick recovery to all who are ill.

La Rousseau Association souhaite la bonne santé à ses adhérents et aux visiteurs du site Web. Nous saluons le travail des soignants et de ceux qui assurent les services essentiels partout dans le monde. Nous souhaitons une guérison rapide à tous ceux qui sont actuellement malades.


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 $20.00, 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 in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The meeting is usually devoted to a specific text or question, and all papers are given in plenary sessions.

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