CfP: BSP Annual Conference

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CFP: British Society for Phenomenology: The Future of Phenomenology, September 2nd-4th 2016.

Keynotes: Havi Carel, Felix O’Murchadha, Darian Meacham.

The British Society for Phenomenology invites submissions for their annual conference, which will be hosted in Manchester from the evening of Friday September 2nd until Sunday September 4th. Information about the conference itself can be found on our website as follows:

We are looking for submissions on a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, classic phenomenology, neurophenomenology, phenomenology and technology, phenomenology and the medical humanities, ethics and phenomenology, phenomenology and mental health, phenomenology of education, corporate phenomenology, phenomenology and the life sciences, ethics and phenomenology, feminist phenomenology, phenomenology and political governance. In addition, we welcome papers examining the continuing legacy of traditional phenomenological thinkers including but not limited to Husserl, Heidegger, Jaspers, Scheler, Sartre, De Beauvoir and Merleau-Ponty. There will be a limited number of papers accepted of reflecting the Society’s desire to attract the most cutting edge work in phenomenology.

We do aim to create a convivial environment for public and audience engagement with phenomenology, so papers and abstracts should be composed with accessibility in mind.

We also wish to have a student panel, and welcome submissions from postgraduate researchers.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to by May 31st 2016. Abstracts will be circulated to members of the BSP’s Executive for review. Each accepted paper will be for 20 minutes with 10 minutes questions separated into panel sessions.

Further inquiries can be directed to Dr Patrick O’Connor, Nottingham Trent University.

To view and share this call for papers online, please use the following link:



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CfP: On the History of Being after the Black Notebooks

On the History of Being after the Black Notebooks

Special Issue of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology


Many philosophers experience difficulties when trying to follow Heidegger into the thought of The History of Beyng. Some of the main texts in which this thought is developed, written during the 1930s and 1940s, are rather difficult to follow. Adding insult to injury are Heidegger’s repeated statements that these thoughts are hardly communicable, and that only few will be able to understand the direction of this thought in its essence. Insofar as this thinking of the History of Beyng stands also for what Heidegger calls Another Thinking, our own, contemporary thinking seems inapt to follow these texts in the way that they develop their untimely nature. As Heidegger says, in opposition to Being and Time, for example, these texts are properly untimely.

While it is easy enough to establish some cornerstones of the argument, and while, e.g., the Contributions to Philosophy themselves are quite clear in their critique of our contemporary age, to get a good understanding of these works as a whole seems a significant challenge, already reflected in the near impossibility to translate them faithfully. In the end, therefore, reading these works often requires a lot of trust in the path of thinking opened up by Heidegger, so that it remains possible for the reader to attempt the first steps from the early Question for the Meaning of Being to that of the Confrontation with the History of Philosophy. And yet, insofar as Heidegger’s later philosophy attempts to make our contemporary world questionworthy in an essential sense, it belongs to the most promising thought philosophy currently has to offer.

The main idea of this special issue is to explore the importance of the Schwarze Hefte (GA 94, 95, 96 & 97) as going far beyond their contribution to Heidegger’s political biography. While attention has up to now focused almost exclusively on the controversy concerning his alleged anti-Semitism, the ‘Black Notebooks’ also offer a lot of material opening up multifaceted views into the works of Heidegger from the 1930s, 1940s and beyond. And they do so from various different angles, amongst others by reflections on metaphysics, on politics as much as on the political situation of the time, on the main authors that he worked on during these years, on aesthetics, on his personal position in Germany, as well as on the works he had already published, etc. etc.

In other words, for anyone trying to understand, evaluate and transform Heidegger’s later thinking, these volumes offer immeasurable wealth. The question, then, is whether Heidegger, who has given us reasons to look for Nietzsche’s ‘real’ philosophy in his Nachlaß, left his own ‘real’ philosophy in this, his own Nachlaß?

Submission Instructions

This special issue of the JBSP will collect ca. six essays that make use of the ‘Black Notebooks’ in order to open up Heidegger’s later work in view of deepening the readers’ understanding of the question for the History of Beyng.

The volume is scheduled for publication in early 2017. Final deadline for submissions is the 1st of July 2016. Notifications of interest – in form of an abstract of ca. 500 words – are invited to arrive by the 31st of January 2016, in order to allow for a good balance of the discussion.

All essays submitted will be blind-double peer-reviewed. Essays that are positively reviewed, but do not fit into the special issue, will be considered, if the author so wishes, for later issues of the JBSP.

Submissions of interest and final copies should be submitted in .rtf, .doc or docx. file to For any further questions, please write to the same address or direct yourself to the webpages of the British Society for Phenomenology ( or the Publisher’s JBSP page (

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BSP and JBSP now on PhiloJotter

PhiloJotter is a new social network for philosophers, philosophy departments, societies and publications, describing itself as a “network calendar”. You may be aware of it from PHILOS-L. It looks to be a new exciting way for philosophy to interact with itself.

The BSP and the JBSP now have account on PhiloJotter if you use it or are thinking of using it and would like to follow us. The links are:


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Free Access to Selected JBSP Articles – Editors Choice Collection

Editors Choice Collection

The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology was new to Routledge in 2014.

To mark this, the Editor, Dr Ullrich Haase, has created an Editor’s Choice collection offering FREE ACCESS to selected JBSP articles previously published in the Journal between 1970 and 2014.

These articles are free to access until 31 December 2015.

You can view the full press release here:

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Phenomenology and the Idea of Europe (CFP)

Phenomenology and the Idea of Europe

Please see the below call for papers for a special issue of the JBSP Phenomenology and the Idea of Europe. This special issue is an initiative of the Post-Europe Project (


In a period in which Europe seems to have lost its political cohesion, due to the growth of particular interests and the outbreak of nationalistic forces, the need to think of Europe not just as a continent, a political and cultural space, but rather as a philosophical idea, as a concept and a project, becomes especially urgent. This analysis does not correspond to any apology or plea for European unity on the base of an abstract idea, but aims rather to shed light on the conflicts and the differences that characterise the European space, determining its substance.

The theme of Europe as an idea with philosophical significance has played an important role in the work of many philosophers who have been part of or engaged with the phenomenological tradition: Husserl, Heidegger, Patocka, Fanon, Derrida. Additionally, other philosophers working in and around this tradition have offered important conceptual resources for understanding political crises and institutions: Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Arendt, Kosík, Nancy. Both of these lists are obviously not exhaustive.


We welcome papers that address the concept of Europe and the current European political scene using resources drawn from this rich seam of philosophical investigation and analysis. Papers may address the question of Europe from a historical perspective or draw upon the conceptual resources developed within the phenomenological tradition to address current questions and challenges. We of course also welcome contributions that are critical of a phenomenological approach.

Papers should be between 6000 and 7000 words and be prepared for blind review. Author information should be sent in a separate document containing the author’s name, contact information and the title of the paper. All papers must include an abstract of 100-200 words. Please submit papers via the Journal’s submission system by 30 June 2015 with a note indicating the title of the special issue:“Phenomenology and the Idea of Europe”:

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Identity and Difference – Special Issue CfP

Identity and Difference

Identity and Difference

Please see the below call for papers from guest editors Rafael Winkler (University of Johannesburg) and Abraham Olivier (University of Fort Hare).

Identity and difference raise a host of philosophical questions ranging from metaphysical problems concerning the nature of multiplicity, alterity, personal identity and subjectivity to ethical and political issues such as inclusiveness, diversity, solidarity and resistance. Since the second half of the 20th century these notions have enjoyed special attention as the vast literature on the metaphysics, ethics and politics of identity and difference testifies. This includes a wide array of works by continental philosophers (Deleuze, Lyotard, Heidegger, Levinas), analytical philosophers of mind (Parfit, Shoemaker, Dennett, Searle) as well as moral and political philosophers (Taylor, Rawls). The significance of place and time for the constitution of personal and political identities and differences has also been receiving considerable attention recently, opening up philosophical debates in literature, art, architecture, anthropology and geography.

The special issue of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology invites contributions from all traditions of philosophy and other related disciplines on this rich discussion of identity and difference.

Submissions on the following topics are particularly welcome:

  • Identity and difference in metaphysics/phenomenology/philosophy of mind/political
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • The meaning or experience of identity and difference
  • Selfhood, personhood, autonomy, alterity
  • The nature of and relationship between subjectivity and political collectivity
  • The relations between personal identity, time, memory, space and place
  • The formation of cultural identities and global change
  • Identity politics and the politics of difference

Submissions and Enquiries

The deadline for submissions is the 4th of May 2015 for publication in JBSP. Manuscripts should be circa 8000 words in length (including references and footnotes).

All manuscripts must be prepared for anonymous review and submitted to

Further enquiries can be addressed to Rafael Winkler (Guest Editor) at, Abraham Olivier (Guest Editor) at or Ullrich Haase (Editor-in-Chief) at

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Special End of 2014 Membership Offer

To celebrate the move of our journal to a new publisher and the end of year, anyone who joins or the society or renews their membership before the end of December 2014 will receive hard-copy of each issue of the Journal of the British Society of Phenomenology from 2014 in addition to copies of each forthcoming edition for 2015 that all members will receive.

If you have any questions about this or about joining us, please contact Matthew Barnard, the Membership Secretary or visit our membership page.

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