The British Society for Phenomenology Annual Conference 2020: Engaged Phenomenology, with the University of Exeter, Egenis, and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health. This year, due to global concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic the conference will be held online.
Location: Online (platform details released to registered participants nearer the time).
Date: Thursday 3 September – Saturday 5 September 2020 (post-event access open till 13 Sept).
Call for Papers:
CLOSED: The Call for Papers closed on Tuesday 31 March 2020 (midnight BST).
Speaker registration: open from Tuesday 19 May to close on Friday 19 June (midnight BST).
Delegate registration: opens Monday 22 June
We are committed to making the online conference as accessible as possible. If you have accessibility considerations or concerns about the video presentations, please get in touch (conferenc[email protected]) and we will do our best to either accommodate or advise. For speakers or delegates with support workers (such as transcribers, signers, or assistants of any kind) we also offer free registration – again, just get in touch.
> Dan Zahavi. Professor of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen; Professor of Philosophy, University of Oxford; Director of Center for Subjectivity Research (CFS).
> Sophie Loidolt. Professor of philosophy and chair of practical philosophy, Technische Universität Darmstadt / Technical University of Darmstadt.
Check out our keynote speakers’ profiles and abstracts.
‘Engaged Phenomenology’ seeks to complement the approaches of applied and critical phenomenology by investigating embodied lived experience through a plurality of voices, encouraging dialogue between phenomenology, as a philosophical approach, and other disciplines, in addition to practitioners and individuals outside the academy. The aim is to engage phenomenological approaches across a variety of contexts (e.g., healthcare, medicine, education, design, art, psychology, architecture, community spaces, etc.) with the hope of opening up the phenomenological approach to individuals and communities outside of traditional philosophical spaces for the encouragement of dialogue, interaction and deeper understanding of the complexities of embodied lived experience across a diversity of contexts, while also being alert to the socio-political realities and power relations which frame experience.
‘Engaged phenomenology’, as an approach:
> heeds the situatedness of lived experiences across diverse cultural and environmental lifeworlds
> invites us to hold this notion of plural lifeworlds together with wider phenomenological questions about lived possibility, power relations, and the condition of having and being in a lifeworld which feels open to us and to which we are open
> challenges assumptions around narrativity and privileged articulacy in phenomenological methods, embracing new ways of listening and attending to people’s lived experiences in their specificity and relationality
> is mindful of how experience is lived through constellations of relations with others, rather than only seeking individualised (depoliticised) first-hand accounts
> considers the transformative potential of research participants sharing their experiences in meaningful ways, rather than merely assessing their ‘utility’ in academic terms.
The British Society for Phenomenology Annual Conference is a longstanding and respected feature of the UK academic scene, providing a friendly and supportive forum for inter-disciplinary discussion. This year we are partnering with the University of Exeter (UK); and the event will be co-sponsored by Egenis and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health.
If you have any questions about the conference, please email: [email protected]
Organisation Committee led by:
> Dr Patrick O’Connor, President of the BSP; senior lecturer in philosophy, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University.
> Dr Luna Dolezal, BSP AC2020 host; senior lecturer in philosophy and medical humanities, and deputy director of the Liberal Arts Programme, University of Exeter.