CFP: Phenomenology and Sustainability: Interdisciplinary Inquires in the Lived-World of Persons, Communities, and the Natural World

Submission deadline: May 26, 2016

Conference date(s):
May 26, 2016 - May 29, 2016

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Conference Venue:

Arizona State University
Phoenix, United States

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Phenomenology and Sustainability: Interdisciplinary Inquiries in the Lived-World of Persons, Communities and the Natural World

Our theme, “Phenomenology and Sustainability,” announces a broad area of concern related to the well-being of persons, communities, the natural world and their interrelationship. “Phenomenology and Sustainability” seeks to question the suppositions underlying  scientific and humanistic projects and unreflective practices that might thwart sustainable relationships or impede their full realization. In addition, it welcomes the articulation across a broad range of contexts of guiding principles and practices or illustrative concrete applications that might enhance the development of such relationships.  

Phenomenology is particularly suited to these concerns because it is an area of scholarly inquiry that resists any reduction of living, conscious beings to objects bound to a mechanistic nature.  It strives to detect and examine ultimate presuppositions, and rather than accepting an objective world independent of human subjects and communities, it explores how that world is given in relationship to human subjects and how these subjects are active in practically transforming that world and their own relationships. Phenomenology investigates  the relationship between mind and body, spirit and nature, consciousness and experience, facticity and transcendence, etc., and it interrogates whether such dualisms have been properly conceived from the start.  

Sustainability is a concept of growing concern within governmental, private sector, and scholarly contexts. It is traditionally understood as an ecological project focusing on maintaining the diversity of biological systems, including the diversity of human systems and their relationships to the natural biological world.  Addressing sustainability phenomenologically allows for critical reflection upon the thinking and practices that normatively remain unreflected upon as social actors ignore the need for sustainability projects or commence projects that uncritically rely on presuppositions that should have been revised.  

“Phenomenology and Sustainability” focuses our attention on the both the abstract conceptualizations and concrete practices that are engaged as projects of sustainability.  We are interested in both theoretical and applied empirical research.

HUSSERALIANA: Each ICNAP conference offers a special plenary panel on recently published work from the Husserl archive.  The Husseraliana Series is an invaluable resource for Husserl scholars and those whishing to understand his broad influence on subsequent phenomenologists.

All submissions must specifically identify the phenomenological aspects of the work.  Priority will be given to those works that clearly demonstrate a solid familiarity with phenomenology; submissions that clearly work across disciplinary boundaries will also have priority.

For colleagues who are new to phenomenology, please state so explicitly in your submission.  Although a key criterion used in the evaluation of submissions is competent deployment of phenomenology, we do not expect colleagues newly interested in phenomenology to deploy the same level of competence as more expert scholars.

We accept both individual papers and panel proposals; however, only a limited number of panel proposals will be accepted.  We expect participants to have 30 minutes for each presentation and 20 minutes for discussion.  Participants are limited to no more than 2 submissions. The organizers welcome volunteers to serve as panel moderators during the conference.  Please indicate if you’d be willing to do so.  

For individual papers, please submit a 250-500 word abstract, with the presenter’s name, discipline, paper title and contact information on the first page.  The second page should contain only the title, discipline and abstract for anonymous review.

For panels, please include the title of the program, the names of the chair and all presenters, their respective disciplines, paper titles and contact information on the first page.  The second page should contain only the title of the panel and each paper, discipline of each presenter  a 200-300 word rationale for the panel, and a 250-500 word abstract for each presentation.

No more than two submissions per person. Please make sure your submission is in Word.doc or. Docx format (NO PDFs!) to facilitate anonymous review.

Submissions due by March 1, 2016

Send all submissions to Michael Barber> as email attachment.  Please put ICNAP Submission in the subject line of the email.

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