Abstract selection for BSP2022AC ‘Engaged Phenomenology II’ (Exeter/Hybrid)

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Abstract selection is now complete for the BSP UK annual conference ‘Engaged Phenomenology II’ (30 Aug – 1 Sep 2022).

Abstract selection has now been completed for the presentation of papers at the British Society for Phenomenology UK Annual Conference 2022: ‘Engaged Phenomenology II: Explorations of Embodiment, Emotions and Sociality’ at the University of Exeter, UK (in-person and virtual [hybrid] Tuesday 30 August – Thursday 1 September 2022).

The call for papers opened early January with submission streams for both the conference and for special panels for the Shame and Medicine research project and the Imagining Technologies for Disability Futures (itDf) research project. The response was phenomenal with 142 different abstracts received by the time the CfP closed at the end of March.

During April our review committee appraised all the submissions, and selected 90 abstracts (from 95 speakers) for presentation at the conference. The outcomes will be communicated via email to people who submitted abstracts by end of day Saturday 30 April – if you submitted an abstract and do not receive an email please first check your junk / spam folders, and if the email is not there, get in touch at [email protected].

The review team were really impressed by the overall level of abstract submissions. Unfortunately, we received far more proposals of quality this year than for which we are able to provide space at the event. To make the selection, anonymized abstracts were peer reviewed by a special committee representing the BSP, the University of Exeter, the Shame and Medicine research project, and the itDf research project. The review team members individually scored each abstract, and the aggregate at the uppermost tiers was then selected for the number of spaces available.

Read on to find out more about the selection review, the format of the conference, and general information on registration and fees.

Submission and selection overview:
The BSP aims to be transparent in how we organise, promote, and host all our events, this includes sharing information about everything from the call for papers and speaker selection process. The BSP2022AC call for papers was released early January 2022, with the submission system opening early February and closing on 31 March. It was promoted on our website, on academic lists (Philos-L and PhilEvents), and over our social channels (Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn). Selection was carried out by experts in the field with anonymized abstracts – all the reviewers see are the title and the abstract (plus, where applicable, any declared disability information regarding the composition of the abstract). Each abstract is scored individually by the members of the review teams, and the aggregate score at the uppermost tiers is then selected for the presentation spaces available. Here are some key metrics:

Format:
> The conference will take place face-to-face at the University of Exeter, UK, with the option of attending and presenting virtually.
> The conference will last for three days, and papers will be organised into themed panels across three parallel tracks.
> Presentations should be 20 minutes and there will be time after each paper for Q&As.
> Written versions of the presentation should be made available to the organisers a couple of weeks in advance of the conference to help with attendee inclusivity and accessibility.
> All presenters have the option to have their presentations audio recorded to be considered for release as a weekly episode of the popular and well-subscribed BSP Podcast.

General registration information – dates, costs, what’s included, financial assistance:
> The conference registration system will open late May 2022. We will communicate via email to speakers when the system is open, and via our social channels for delegates who also wish to attend.
> The conference fee this year will remain the same as for previous years’ face-to-face events at £100 for early bird registration; remote attendees will pay a much reduced fee.
> To attend BSP events, speakers and delegates need to be members of the British Society for Phenomenology. If you are not already a member, membership (full and discounted, £40 and £20 respectively) will be added to the conference fee. When you become a member, you receive access to the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology online for one year. JBSP Online publishes around 25 new research articles a year, and membership includes access to 50+ years of the JBSP. You can become a member at any time, for more information please visit our membership page.
> The face-to-face registration fee includes morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch (vegetarian and vegan options), as well as WiFi access. The registration does not include the (optional) conference meal or accommodation and travel.
> Presenter registration is required during the early bird period in order to facilitate organising, timetabling, and promoting the event.
> Financial assistance will be on offer during early bird registration for speakers: attendance assistance is open to student, early career researchers (ECRs), unwaged, low relative income speakers; there is also assistance for speakers with child care needs. Attendance and child care assistance are not mutually exclusive; both are however limited, and if there are more eligible applicants than we can fund, the decision will be made by the conference committee on the strength of the application.