About the BSP

The British Society for Phenomenology is a not-for-profit organisation set up with the intention of promoting research and awareness in the field of Phenomenology and other cognate arms of philosophical thought. Currently, the society accomplishes these aims through its journal, conferences and other events, and its podcast.

The Journal of the British Society of Phenomenology

Our journal, the Journal of the British Society of Phenomenology, is one of the longest standing phenomenological publications in the world. The journal publishes papers on phenomenology and existential philosophy as well as contributions from other fields of philosophy engaging with topics in the tradition of Phenomenology. Papers from researchers in the humanities and the human sciences interested in the philosophy of their subject will be welcome too. Space will be given to research in progress, to interdisciplinary discussion, and to book reviews. More information about the journal can be found here.

Annual Conferences

In our conferences, we work to provide a friendly and supportive forum for inter-disciplinary discussion. In particular, we are actively seeking to explore the interface between the theory and history of phenomenology and its practice by professionals of many fields. We have welcomed papers from respected names in academic phenomenological and post-phenomenological research and from those applying phenomenological methods in practical fields as diverse as medicine, policing and law.

Each year, we seek to provide a space for 25-30 speakers via an open call for papers. These will be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions each. We also invite noted experts in the theory and practice of phenomenology as keynotes. Our forthcoming and previous conferences can be found can be found on the British Society for Phenomenology Events page.

Workshops and other conferences

More recently, we have begun hosting workshops each year. Here the format varies, but the events are more focused, inviting experts to speak to a specific topic. The first of these, in 2017, was on Cormac McCarthy and Philosophy, and in 2019 we hosted the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 50th Anniversary Conference. Our forthcoming and previous workshops and other conferences can be found can be found on the British Society for Phenomenology Events page.

BSP Podcast

The BSP Podcast is a regular audio streaming service free to all. Its aim is to both promote the British Society of Phenomenology and its activities, as well as preserve, archive, and share the work of phenomenologists associated with the society. The content is generated primarily from recordings of papers given at our conferences and workshops, although occasionally there is additional material, such as interviews.

Society Membership

Society membership is always kept as affordable as we can. Members receive a year’s subscription to our Journal, and membership is a requirement for registration in our conferences. We always welcome new members within or without the academy. For information on how to join the society, please visit the membership webpage by clicking here.

Society Administration

The British Society for Phenomenology is a not for profit organisation administered by the board of directors, executive committee, president, and membership.
> Executive Committee Meetings (ECM): Hosted by the Society Secretary. It is attended by the president, directors, and executive committee. This body reviews events, the society’s journal, membership, and finances. It also agrees new executive committee appointments, budgets, and future events.
> Annual General Meeting (AGM): Hosted by the president, usually during the annual conference. Presentations are given by the president, directors, and executive committee. It is attended by interested members of the BSP membership. The meeting reports on the status of the society and take votes on its direction. Check out the AGM website for more information.