Phenomenology and its Worlds

Country: USA

City: Villanova

Abstr. due: 15.12.2019

Dates: 27.03.20 — 28.03.20

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy;

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Organizers: Philosophy Graduate Student Union, Villanova University



Contemporary phenomenological engagements illuminate previously unthought (or unspoken) horizons of experience. Critical phenomenologies affirm the material situation of consciousness and show that worlds are subject to structural conditions of legibility and erasure. Frantz Fanon’s description of blackness as a zone of non-being emerges from the violent friction of an anti-black world that threatens to negate his humanity. Such descriptions sharpen our sensitivity to harms produced by structural forces and motivate strategies of resistance. Applied phenomenologies hold the potential for practical intervention in various disciplines such as art, psychiatry, education, and environmental science. Merleau-Ponty’s theory of embodied perception has been taken up in the fields of neuropsychology, autism studies, and disability studies as a means for giving expression to modes of embodiment unfamiliar to “normal” descriptions of consciousness. Whether considered as a tool for critique or interdisciplinary collaboration, phenomenology turns our attention to the multiplicity of worlds that we inhabit.

We invite submissions broadly related to the theme of this conference or one of the following questions:
    Is world best understood as singular or plural?
    What are the conditions of world making and unmaking?
    How are bodies and worlds implicated?
    What are phenomenological tools and strategies for structural transformation?
    How is phenomenology related to materialism?
    What is critical phenomenology?
    How does phenomenology contribute to other disciplines? (e.g. disability studies, art, psychoanalysis, religion/theology, decolonial theory, and the sciences)

Topic areas
    20th Century Philosophy
    History of Western Philosophy, Miscellaneous
    Philosophy of Mind
    Philosophy of Religion
    African/Africana Philosophy
    Asian Philosophy
    Continental Philosophy
    European Philosophy
    Philosophy of the Americas
    General Philosophy of Science
    Philosophy of Social Science
    Applied Ethics
    Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Sexuality
    Social and Political Philosophy



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