BSP Annual UK Conference 2023

The British Society for Phenomenology invites the submission of expressions of interest to host our UK Annual Conference in 2023.

Call for Expressions of Interest to host the BSP UK Annual Conference 2023

The BSP UK Annual Conference is a longstanding and respected feature of the UK academic scene, providing a friendly and supportive forum for inter-disciplinary discussion. Each year we convene an annual conference by way of collaboration with a different university within the UK, co-funding and co-organising the event with a representative of the host university.

At the event, we actively seek to explore the interface between the theory and history of phenomenology and its practice by professionals of many fields; and will welcome papers exploring academic phenomenological / post-phenomenological research and from those applying phenomenological methods in practical fields as diverse as medicine, healthcare, and law.

Keynote speakers have included Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis), Sara Heinämaa (University of Jyväskylä), Dan Zahavi (University of Copenhagen), and Mariana Ortega (Penn State).

Over recent years the BSP has held the annual conference at the University of Brighton, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of Kent. Having convened online conferences in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the society is looking forward to returning to face to face events (with hybrid features) in 2022 in collaboration with the University of Exeter.

For 2023, we are looking for initial expressions of interest from UK based academics in the field of phenomenology who would like to host the annual conference in late August / early September of that year.

The deadline for submission is mid-February 2022.

Format
> The UK annual conference in intended to run over three days, and may or may not be single track or parallel sessions depending upon response to the CfP and the submission and selection of quality abstracts.
> Each year there will be a theme. This theme is set by the representative of the host university as part of the application process.
> The conference aims to secure three to five high profile keynotes and the selection is divided equitably between the host university and the BSP.
> Keynote sessions are stand-alone and are scheduled at 1.5 hours, with a paper and Q&As each around 45 minutes. Speakers are organised into themed panels (or may propose pre-constituted panels), most usually with 20 minutes to present and 10 minutes Q&As.

Reasons to host a conference with the BSP
> It is fun to run conferences, and with the support of the BSP events, communications, and systems infrastructure you’ll have a lot of help with the organisation whether you are a novice or have a lot of experience in convening events.
> You’ll be helping to promote awareness and research in the field of phenomenology, and doing so by way of your own concerns and project in setting the theme of the conference.

Process
> If you wish to express an interest in hosting the BSP UK Annual Conference 2023, please contact [email protected] and request an Expression of Interest form.
> The BSP Events Team and members of the BSP Executive Committee will evaluate and vote upon your expression of interest, and if you are shortlisted you will be asked to submit a formal proposal during early 2022.
> If you have any questions, please contact the events team at the email address above.