The Unsettled Ground of Phenomenological Inquiry
Michael van Manen

June 23, 2023, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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The School of Sanskrit, Philosophy and Indic Studies (SSPIS) at Goa University cordially invites you to the online guest lecture titled "The Unsettled Ground of Phenomenological Inquiry" by Dr. Michael van Manen. Kindly join us on 23 June 2023 (Friday) from 7:30 to 9:30 PM IST at

For the reader of qualitative research, phenomenological research at times may appear amorphous, varied, or even ambiguous. This is, without a doubt, in part, a consequence of the perfunctory popularization and cursory adaption of the phenomenological notion lived experience by writers who variably identify themselves as pursuing phenomenological research. For some, this term expresses little more than attending to an experience that an individual has lived through—contributing to confusion. And yet, the preoccupation of phenomenological inquiry is fundamentally deeper, exploring human experience in itself in its meaningfulness. The focus of this presentation will be to explore the ground of phenomenological inquiry and also its possibility for generating insights.

Dr. Michael van Manen, MD, PhD, FRCPC(Peds,NICU,CIP) Endowed Chair in Health Ethics is the Director of the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Dr. van Manen also has a clinical practice as a physician in neonatal-perinatal medicine with the Stollery Children’s Hospital. His research is primarily concerned with relational ethics, situated within the tradition of phenomenology. Dr. van Manen is considered an international expert in qualitative health research. He has made presentations at professional conferences around the world. His research projects relate to ethical decision-making, the experiential life of the fetus/newborn, the use of medical technologies in clinical encounters, and patient-family experiences of hospital care. Dr. van Manen has authored articles, book chapters, and books in the fields of phenomenological research methodology, health ethics, neonatal-perinatal medicine, and pedagogy; and has developed and taught numerous workshops and courses on phenomenological research. He is the author of The Birth of Ethics: Phenomenological Reflections on Life’s BeginningsPhenomenology of the Newborn: Life from Womb to World, and Classic Writings for a Phenomenology of Practice (with Prof. Max van Manen).

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