Reminder: PhenoLab Summer School – Call for papers

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“Applying Phenomenology: How, Why And When”. PhenoLab Summer School (Italy). June 3-7, 2024. Abstract deadline approaching – January 15, 2024.

PhenoLab Summer School (Italy)
June 3-7, 2024

Call for papers – “Applying Phenomenology: How, Why And When”

Over the last 70 years, the interest of the social and medical sciences toward phenomenology has been growing. The reasons for this can be sought in several factors: on one hand, the specificity of the phenomenological method, capable of eliciting the subjective experience of the person in accordance with how it is experienced, without the imposition of external explanatory frameworks, is suitable to explore those qualitative dimensions that otherwise would remain obscure or unrecognised to other methods of investigation; on the other hand, the vocation of phenomenology, originally conceived by Husserl as descriptive psychology, has allowed an intersection of fields of knowledge related both to practices of care and to efforts for redefining diagnostic categories. Especially in the field of mental health, the use of the phenomenological method in general is harbinger of a paradigm shift from a third-person, disease-centred perspective, into a first-person approach. Narratives from the first-person perspective — as well as from our “second-person” perspective when we bear witness to the other — put into focus how it is to live with a mental health condition and how it is to have certain experiences.

The literature on phenomenology and the interdisciplinary dialogue with other fields of research is immense, as well as the one on the intersection of the phenomenological method with qualitative analysis. The aim of this summer school is to offer participants philosophical clues and train them in applying phenomenology. For this reason, the 5 days of work in the frame of the PhenoLab summer school are guided three fundamental questions: how can we applying phenomenology? Why we should embark ourselves in this endeavour? When are we entitled to use the phenomenological method in health and social sciences?

The 5 days of work will be divided in two sessions: every morning oral presentations and discussions; afternoon training, laboratories and discussions.

This call for papers invites authors to submit a separate file with their short bio and affiliations, and 1000 words abstract about themes including, but not limited to, the following:

  • variety within phenomenology: historical aspects, key concepts, and advancements
  • challenges in the development of phenomenological method and its application in social and medical sciences;
  • critical analysis of the phenomenological method in the clinical and social settings;
  • from theory to practice: clinical examples of applying phenomenology
  • emotional dilemmas and phenomenological reflections
  • applying phenomenology to issues in bioethics and ecopsychology

Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2024
Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2024
The proceedings of the Summer School will be published at the beginning of 2025

For any query, please write to [email protected]

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