CfA: ‘Phenomenological transfers – Representations, Images, & Social Imaginaries’

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Call for abstracts for a virtual conference series (March–June 2022) organized by the Peruvian Circle of Phenomenology and Hermeneutics (CIphER).

Representations, Images, and Social Imaginaries
Virtual Conference Series
(March – June 2022)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 10th, 2021


The transfer of models, techniques, methods, concepts, know-hows, and theories is one of the central features of the current scientific knowledge production and it is prominent in interdisciplinary research practices. For example, knowledge transfers occur when psychologists’ toolsets explain economic agents’ behaviors (Herfeld and Lisciandra 2019) or when phenomenological concepts and techniques serve to improve medical practices or evaluate ethical dilemmas (Svenaeus 2021). Other transfers from or towards phenomenology include the eidetic analyses of image consciousness in visual studies (Flusser 1983; Wiesing 2005; Ferencz-Flatz 2016); the transformation of transcendental phenomenology pushed forward by media studies (Waldenfels 2006; Alloa 2011; Majkut 2010); the application of phenomenological techniques for understanding the transformation of social imaginaries (Ricoeur 1986); and the questioning of the limits of phenomenology by social imaginaries, which give way to the generative field (Steinbock 2017). The term “transfer” thus designates the extension of theoretical resources to domains other than the ones in which they were initially formulated.

In this conference series, participants will discuss the transfer of theoretical resources between phenomenology and other theoretically or practically oriented disciplines. The organisers posit the working hypothesis that interdisciplinary collaborations between phenomenology and other disciplines can be best conceptualized in terms of horizontal knowledge transfers. The call is open to contributions encompassing the interdisciplinary transfer of phenomenological concepts, methods, and techniques. However, special attention will be paid to three key concepts in current scientific research: representation, social imaginary, and image. The organisers seek to explore the similarities and variations of these transdisciplinary concepts employed in the following (inter)disciplinary research fields: cognitive science and philosophy of mind; social sciences and political philosophy; and media studies.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Andreea Smaranda Aldea (Kent State University)
Emmanuel Alloa (Université de Fribourg)
Javier Bassas Vila (Universitat de Barcelona)
Francisco Díez Fischer (Universidad Católica Argentina, CONICET)
Sanneke de Haan (Tilburg University)
Mariana Larison (Universidad de Buenos Aires, CONICET)
Felipe León (University of Copenhagen)
Zachariah Neemeh (University of Memphis)
Rosemary Rizo Patrón (CIphER PUCP)
Roberto Rubio (Universidad Alberto Hurtado)

This call for abstracts is addressed to young researchers only.
They are welcome to present a draft paper and discuss their future contributions for a dossier centered on the following guiding topics:

  1. Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
    The internalist-externalist debate on mental representations
    Phenomenological and enactive views of representations
    The future of representation in Cognitive Science
  2. Social Sciences and Political Philosophy
    Ideology and utopia as phenomenological social concepts
    Political representativity and social institution
    Phenomenological generativity and social philosophy
  3. Media Studies and Phenomenology of the Imagination
    Media as techniques of imagination
    The pertinence and future of Diaphenomenology
    The intermediate status of images: between signs and percepta

Deadlines and Dates
Submission deadline (abstracts): December 10th, 2021
Notification to authors: January 2022
Date of the Seminar: Saturdays between March 5th and June 11th 2022

Further information
Presentations can be held in English and Spanish. Attending the conference is free of charge.
Abstracts of 300 words or less, besides the title, keywords (max. 5) and a short bibliography in Chicago 17th ed. must be sent in an anonymised PDF for blind peer reviewing to [email protected]
Information about the authors including name(s), institution, degree and guiding question(s) has to be sent in the email. Please contact the organisers with questions regarding submission, registration procedures or other matters.

Organized by the Peruvian Circle of Phenomenology and Hermeneutics (CIphER) under the coordination of the CIphER members
Luz Ascarate (Université de Franche-Comté / Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Raphael Aybar (University of Vienna)
Rodrigo Y. Sandoval (Centro de Estudios Mediales – UAH)