2 Feb


In conjunction with
The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)
2016 Annual Conference, October 20-22

Salt Lake City Hilton
Salt Lake City, UT
Host Institution:
Utah Valley University

Contents of Submissions
SPHS encourages the application of phenomenological methodology to specific investigations within the human and social sciences. You are invited to participate in our engagement of phenomenology with multidisciplinary approaches to the social and human sciences. We are looking for those who share our dedication to theoretical, methodical and practical examinations of the Life-World.

We welcome submissions on all topics within the human and social sciences concerned with a reflective appreciation of the nature of experience. SPHS invites submissions for conference presentations that explore or apply qualitative approaches to the human and social sciences. Papers can engage any relevant aspect of the human sciences in general, or can focus on specific fields such as sociology, psychology, political science, anthropology, geography, communication, history, ecology, religion, cultural studies, ethnic/race/gender studies, medical/health sciences, and education.

Submissions on all topics are welcome, though we especially encourage papers that advance dialogue between philosophy and the human sciences, address the relation between theory and praxis, focus on embodiment or present reflective investigations of the nature of experience in general. Papers should bear substantive relation to phenomenology, broadly conceived, or its kindred traditions. In addition to phenomenology, examples of methods and approaches relevant to the conference include existentialism, hermeneutics, critical theory, ethnography, ethnomethodology, semiotics, grounded theory, poststructuralism, and deconstruction. Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit their work.

Forms of Submissions

Presentations may take the form of individual papers, panels, or workshops. If submitting an individual paper final papers are preferred, but extended abstracts will be accepted as well. For panels submit a proposal of less than 1500 words total including individual abstracts, titles and contact information for each presentation. For workshops submit a full abstract of the panel of less than 500 words with a list of all participants and their contact information. To be considered all presentation proposals must include names, paper titles, and full contact information including emails and separate abstracts for all presenters. Keep submissions at a length appropriate for a presentationof about 20 minutes.

Please identify student proposals as such, indicating school, area of major study, level (graduate or undergraduate). Submissions may be sent via post or email. Electronic proposals should be sent as either a MS Word document or PDF file. For all submissions, please include a separate cover sheet with complete contact information, including email address, postal address, and telephone numbers. Also, please indicate what, if any, audio visual or electronic equipment you desire on cover sheet. Presenters at the conference are expected to be members in good standing with the Society. If your presentation is accepted for presentation you will be expected to register before the conference. See our website for information on registration:

Submission Deadline: All submissions must be received by Wednesday April 20, 2016.

Send all submissions to:

Email submission (preferred):

SPHS physical mail address:
SPHS Submission
Attn: J. Leavitt Pearl
Department of Theology
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Direct additional inquiries to:
Michael D. Barber, SPHS Program Co-Chair
St. Louis University

J. Leavitt Pearl, SPHS Program Co-Chair
Duquesne University

For additional conference information, please see the SPHS website:

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