BSP Annual Conference 2020: ‘Engaged Phenomenology’

The British Society for Phenomenology Annual Conference 2020: Engaged Phenomenology, with Egenis at the University of Exeter and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health.

‘Engaged Phenomenology’
Location: University of Exeter, UK; or VIRTUAL – decision due by end of April: see COVID-19 updates
Date: Thursday 3 September – Saturday 5 September 2020.

Amid global concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), the British Society of Phenomenology (BSP) is closely monitoring the situation with respect to its planned events. Read more

Call for Papers:
The Call for Papers closed on Tuesday 31 March 2020 (midnight BST).

Registration opens on Friday 1 May 2020.

Keynote speakers:
> Prof. Dan Zahavi, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Subjectivity Research, Københavns Universitet; & professor of philosophy, University of Oxford
> Prof. Sophie Loidolt, professor of philosophy and chair of practical philosophy, Technische Darmstadt Universität
> Prof. Giovanna Colombetti, professor of philosophy, University of Exeter
> Dr Ullrich Haase, principal lecturer in philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

‘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 Egenis at the University of Exeter (UK); and the event will be co-sponsored by the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health.

Advice for speakers: see our advice from speakers on paper length, technology and etc.

If you have any questions about the conference, please see the full Call for Papers, or 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.