The Phenomenology of Loss: Two-Day Workshop (York, May 2023)

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The Grief Project announces a workshop to be held at the University of York on the 11/12 of May 2023.

The Grief Project is excited to announce a two-day workshop titled ‘The Phenomenology of Loss’ to be held at the University of York on the 11th and 12th of May 2023.

Register here by the 21st of April to reserve your free place.

The Phenomenology of Loss: A Two-Day Workshop
This workshop is part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Grief: A Study of Human Emotional Experience’ ( We are said to experience “loss” in a variety of circumstances, including bereavement, the breakup of a relationship, loss of a home or job, chronic illness, and serious injury. Feelings of loss can also relate to missed opportunities, lost possibilities, the failure to become someone or something, and conditions such as chronic loneliness and depression. This workshop sets out to explore the phenomenology of loss in all its complexity and diversity. Issues to be addressed include whether and how grief over a death differs phenomenologically from wider experiences of loss, whether any features are shared by all forms of loss, how loss relates to absence and emptiness, the emotional character of loss, the objects of loss experiences, the extent to which human lives are shaped by a sense of loss, and whether certain kinds of loss are insufficiently acknowledged.

Date and Time:
Thursday 11th May 2023: 10:30 – 17:00
Friday 12th of May 2023: 9:30 – 17:00

Location: BS/104 (The Treehouse) University of York

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Matthew Ratcliffe (University of York)
  • Allan Køster (Aalborg University)
  • Eleanor Byrne (Linköping University)
  • Emily Hughes (University of York)
  • Jake Dorothy (University of York)
  • Yochai Ataria (Tel Hai College)
  • Joel Krueger (University of Exeter)
  • Tom Roberts (University of Exeter)
  • Axel Seeman (Bentley University)
  • Jan Slaby (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Kym Maclaren (Toronto Metropolitan University)
  • Fredrick Svenaeus (Södertörn University)