CFP: Horizons of Phenomenology

Submission deadline: February 23, 2018

Conference date(s):
April 27, 2018 - April 29, 2018

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Conference Venue:

University of California, Merced
Merced, United States

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Horizons of Phenomenology Conference 

Join us April 27-29 at the University of California, Merced, for the 2018 Horizons of Phenomenology Conference (, which will bring together some of the foremost phenomenology scholars in North America, and an interdisciplinary group of scholars interested in applications of phenomenology. Confirmed speakers thus far include Ramesh Balasubramanian, Steve Crowell, John Drummond, Nigel Hatton, Burt Hopkins, Carolyn Jennings, Jayson Beaster Jones, Ron McIntyre, Samantha Matherne, Holley Moyes, Robin Muller, Martin Schwab, David Woodruff Smith, Clinton Tolley, and Jeff Yoshimi.

There are two broad foci of the conference. First, to bring together two existing phenomenology groups for their first-ever joint meeting: the California Phenomenology Circle and the Workshop in Phenomenological Philosophy. These groups are loosely associated with “West coast” and “East coast” approaches to Husserl interpretation, and we hope the conference provides a fresh perspective on some of the decades-old scholarly controversies that have unfolded between them. The broader landscape and status of contemporary phenomenology scholarship will also be a theme. Second, to bring together working phenomenologists and researchers in other fields to see what some of the latest opportunities are for interdisciplinary research in phenomenology. Areas to be explored in dedicated panels include anthropology (in particular archaeology), cognitive science, and literature and the arts. Speakers at the conference may be invited to publish their papers in an edited anthology.

We are offering grants for travel and accommodation for two University of California graduate student presenters (from any UC campus).  If you are a UC graduate student and interested in being considered for the grant, please let us know in your email.  Graduate students from other institutions are welcome to the conference, but only UC students are eligible for this grant.

We are accepting submissions of abstracts of no more than 200 words for consideration to present at the conference. Please send your submission by February 23, 2018, to [email protected] In your email, please include the following: (a) presenter's name (or presenters’ names); (b) paper title or topic; (c) institutional affiliation; (d) email; (e) the abstract. If you are a UC graduate student, please include (f) whether you would like to be considered for one of two UC student travel grants. If you do wish to be considered for this grant, please briefly describe how such a grant could promote your professional development.

There are currently up to 8 slots available for submitted talks, 2 of which are reserved for graduate students. Philosophers from underrepresented groups in the field are especially encouraged to apply.

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