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CALL for PAPERS: SPHS

2 Feb

CALL FOR PAPERS
THE SOCIETY FOR PHENOMENOLOGY AND THE HUMAN SCIENCES (SPHS)

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: http://www.sphs.info

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

Send all submissions to:

Email submission (preferred):
sphssubmission@gmail.com

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
Email: barbermd@slu.edu

J. Leavitt Pearl, SPHS Program Co-Chair
Duquesne University
Email: pearlj@duq.edu

For additional conference information, please see the SPHS website:

http://www.sphs.info

CFP for the 2nd annual conference is up!

23 Apr

Big news! The CFP for the 2nd annual conference is up and ready for submissions (due July 15th)!

Already the excellent philosopher Fred Evans (Duquesne University) and the amazing podcast, The Partially Examined Life (http://www.partiallyexaminedlife.com/) have signed up to join us!

Here is a brief outline of the theme:

The Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Network is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Conference, “(un)commons: theory and public space.” Devoted to a critical examination of the public sphere, the conference is seeking papers and artworks that deal with philosophy, criticism, and analysis of public space, as well as those which deal with philosophy, criticism, and analysis in public space.

Towards the end of interdisciplinary collaboration, this conference invites contributions from a range of disciplines including philosophy, architecture, geography, psychology, religious studies, communication, rhetoric, and sociology, among others. Additionally, we strongly encourage artists and performers whose work deals with the notion of the “public” or the “common” to submit samples or descriptions of works in any medium—visual, musical, performance, installation, etc. We will accept paper and panel proposals on any topic relevant to continental philosophy, and particularly encourage those that seek to cross the bounds between multiple disciplines.

Additionally, since the conference will be joined by a live recording of an episode of “The Partially Examined Life” (http://www.partiallyexaminedlife.com/), we strongly encourage those whose work deals with the “new media”—including podcasts, blogs, youtube, etc.—to join us.

Full CFP available as a pdf here

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Winter 2015 Updates!

26 Jan

We have a ton of exciting information, so here it goes:

  • The PCPN has finally upgraded our two man operation into a fuller, more representative committee (five members!). What does this mean? 1.) less stress for me and Jeremy, 2.) more well rounded topics and themes, 3.) more exciting programing.
  • Reading groups? Yes! The roup is coming are back, and it is coming back soon! This winter we will be moving from Sundays to Monday nights at 8:00pm. Our first meeting will be Feb. 2nd, keep your eyes posted for a pdf which will be posted asap. Moreover, we will now be orchestrating approx. two month “thematic series” all year long. What does this mean? It means that rather than topics changing every week, there will be a unity to the readings. What does this not mean? It does NOT mean that you are obligated to come every week, or that you will “fall behind” if you skip a week. In fact, just like in the past, we will be tackling a new author every week in a short standalone pdf (for FREE!!!). Our first series will be looking at the recent rediscovery of Hegel, after he had been abandoned and denigrated during much of the 20th century.
  • 2nd annual conference? Yes! it is happening, and we are really excited. Stay tuned for more detailed information, but what I can tell you now, is that our theme will be thinking (rethinking?) the role and nature of “public space,” and that the title of the conference will be “(un)commons: theory and public space.” The conference is scheduled for late September, and a cfp is already in development. What will we be looking for? More great papers like last year, plus artwork, performance art, film, or anything else that tackles the big questions regarding public space.

Tom Sparrow Lecture-Video Up!

2 Dec

Be sure to check out the third — and final — plenary from Approaching the Liminal, which I was finally able to get edited together, and online: Tom Sparrow’s “Phenomenology, Metaphysics, and the Speculative Turn.”

Video Uploaded: Erik Garrett – “Husserl in the City: A Phenomenological Reflection on Childhood Homelessness”

1 Nov

For those who missed the conference, a second plenary address, Erik Garrett’s “Husserl in the City: A Phenomenological Reflection on Childhood Homelessness,” has been uploaded to youtube. Check it out!

Technical Issues Resolved – Claire Colebrook: “We Have Always Been Post-Anthropocene”

1 Nov

Following a spelling error, and a few days of technical issues (thanks a lot, imovie), Dr. Colebrook’s lecture, “We Have Always Been Post-Anthropocene” has been fixed and re-uploaded. Enjoy:

Approaching the Liminal – Great Success!!!

28 Sep

Thank you to everyone who supported, attended, and sponsored Approaching the Liminal this past weekend! By all accounts it was a great success. The atmosphere was friendly and dynamic, the papers provoked intense discussion and debate,  and the plenaries offered some seriously thought-provoking challenges. If you weren’t able to attend, be sure to stay posted with us here, as we will be posting videos of the plenaries asap.

Looking for some more details?

Approaching the Liminal, by-the-numbers:

  • 1 fantastic space (provided by the Simon Silverman Center)
  • 2 days of presentations
  • 3 stimulating plenaries (by Tom Sparrow, Erik Garrett, and Claire Colebrook)
  • 6 generous sponsors
  • 13 universities represented
  • 14 hours of lecture and discussion
  • 17 papers presented
  • 46 total conference attendees
  • 100% too much food

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