Online Lecture Series: Critical & Political Phenomenology in Debate

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Organized by Thomas Bedorf (Hagen), Thiemo Breyer (Cologne), Steffen Herrmann (Hagen), Sophie Loidolt (Darmstadt). 6 sessions commencing 16 October 2023.

Online Lecture Series: Critical & Political Phenomenology in Debate

In phenomenology, two lines of thought have recently emerged, both dealing with the experience and structures of political conflicts and with social relations of domination: critical phenomenology on the one hand and political phenomenology on the other. Both claim to respond to the crises of the present and to inner-phenomenological desiderata.
Classical phenomenology, despite its turn to lived experience and embodied subjectivity, has failed to adequately address these dimensions of experience. Both political and critical phenomenology aim to compensate for this deficiency. They aim to show that phenomenology not only analyzes consciousness, subjectivity, lifeworld, and intersubjectivity, but can also illuminate the multiple experiences of marginalized subjects, historicize perceptual schemas, and thematize political experiences.
The online lecture series is intended to open a debate on critical and political phenomenology in which, on the one hand, methodological and content-related differences are to be worked out and, on the other hand, common goals are to be brought into view. In particular, the advantages and benefits of a critical-political phenomenology over constructivist and normative theories of the social and political will be discussed.
The invited speakers will each develop their concept of a critical and/or political phenomenology in a lecture. Each lecture will be accompanied by a response and then opened to public discussion: In this way, critical and political phenomenology will be “in debate.”


16.10. 18h15 CET
Elisa Magrì (Boston College)
Describing the Project of Critical Phenomenology: Challenges and Promises
Response: Vanessa Ossino (University of Cologne)

30.10. 18h15 CET
Gail Weiss (George Washington University)
Curating Embodied Resistance Through Social Media: The Role of Virtual Audiences in the Fight for Social Justice
Response: Hannes Wendler (University of Cologne)

20.11. 18h15 CET
Johanna Oksala (Loyola University Chicago)
A Critical Phenomenology of Climate Change
Response: Marcus Düwell (TU Darmstadt)

11.12. 18h15 CET
Lanei Rodemeyer (Duquesne University)
Analyzing the ‘Critical’ in Phenomenology
Response: Gerhard Thonhauser (TU Darmstadt)

15.01. 18h15 CET
Marieke Borren (OU Netherlands)
Understanding Embodied Agonistic Politics. Perspectives from Political and Critical Phenomenology
Response: Steffen Herrmann (FernUniversität Hagen)

05.02. 18h15 CET
Neal DeRoo (ICS Canada)
The Case for a Phenomenological Politics
Response: Thomas Bedorf (FernUniversität Hagen)

Organizers: Thomas Bedorf (Hagen), Thiemo Breyer (Cologne), Steffen Herrmann (Hagen), Sophie Loidolt (Darmstadt)