BSP Annual Conference 2022

Engaged Phenomenology II:
Explorations of Embodiment, Emotions, and Sociality

Face-to-Face at the University of Exeter UK | Three Days : Tuesday 30 August – Thursday 1 September 2022

Organised by Prof. Luna Dolezal, Associate Professor in Philosophy & Medical Humanities, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, University of Exeter; Jessie Stanier, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, University of Exeter; and the BSP. Sponsored by the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, Egenis, and the Shame and Medicine project.

‘Engaged Phenomenology II: Explorations of Embodiment, Emotions and Sociality’ is an invitation for phenomenologists and practitioners to critically reflect on how lived experiences regarding embodiment, emotions and sociality are incorporated into their work. It encourages people working through phenomenological approaches to more explicitly consider the socio-political realities and power relations which inevitably frame experience – whether writing from first-hand experience, citing case studies, undertaking qualitative research, or engaging with communities. Taking stock in this way raises questions of methodology and ethics, of course, but can also more radically point towards the transformative potential within phenomenology to address and democratise the conditions of possibility for both theory and praxis.

Complementing applied and critical phenomenology, engaged phenomenology appeals across disciplines and beyond the academy. Its focus on relational lived realities speaks to a variety of contexts (e.g., healthcare, medicine, education, design, art, performance, psychology, architecture, community spaces, etc.).

‘Engaged Phenomenology II’ builds upon the themes and contributions of BSP 2020 Annual Conference ‘Engaged Phenomenology’.

We propose that ‘Engaged Phenomenology’:
> 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 theme of the BSP 2022 Annual Conference is by Jessie Stanier, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter.

Call for papers will be released in early January 2022.