The International Association for Critical Realism

The International Association for Critical Realism (IACR) was established in 1997 with the objective of serving as a networking or otherwise facilitating resource for anyone broadly sympathetic to, or concerned with, realist philosophy and social theory. Given the current crises in the social sciences and philosophy, it was widely felt that such a resource is urgently needed. To this end IACR intends, amongst other things, to facilitate annual conferences (both within Europe and in other parts of the world) and to organise or help co-ordinate and publicise lectures, seminars, workshops, summer schools and related events concerned in any way with realist philosophy and social theory. It also hopes to facilitate related research projects.

The official IACR website is: http://criticalrealismblog.blogspot.com/

More information can also be found here.

IACR has staged annual conferences since 1998. The 2022 conference is due to take place in Den Haag, Netherlands. Previous conferences were hosted at :

  • University of Essex, UK (1998),
  • University of Örebro, Sweden (1999),
  • University of Lancaster, UK (2000),
  • Roskilde University, Denmark (2001),
  • the University of Bradford, UK (2002),
  • University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (2003),
  • University of Cambridge, UK (2004),
  • University of Western Sydney, Australia (2005),
  • University of Tromsø, Norway (2006),
  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA (2007),
  • Kings College, London (2008),
  • Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2009),
  • University of Padua, Italy (2010),
  • Oslo University College (2011),
  • Grahamstown, South Africa, (2012), 
  • Nottingham (2013),
  • London, UK (2014),
  • South Bend, Indiana USA (2015),
  • Cardiff, UK (2016),
  • Torino, Italy (2017),
  • Lillehammer, Norway (2018),
  • Southampton (2019),
  • Warsaw, Poland (delivered online, 2020), and
  • South Africa (delivered online, 2021).