2019 Annual Conference, October 31 - November 2
Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center
Host Institution: Duquesne University

Registration open (see below)

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Registration - You can easly register with your credit card or PayPal account.  You may also pay with a check or money order payable in US dollars, directly to the attention of SPHS Treasurer Lenore Langsdorf (address below).

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Lenore Langsdorf, SPHS Treasurer
155 J-J Lane
Center Point TX 78010


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, and 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 academic affiliations. Keep submissions at a length appropriate for a presentation of about 20 minutes. Please identify student proposals as such, indicating school, area of major study, level (graduate or undergraduate). Submissions should be sent electronically 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, indicate what, if any, audio visual or electronic equipment you desire on the cover sheet. Authors whose submissions are provisionally accepted must become members of SPHS before acceptance is confirmed.

See our website for information on registration and membership:

Johan Bodaski, SPHS Program Co-Chair
University of Pittsburgh
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Jochen Dreher, SPHS Program Co-Chair
Universität Konstanz
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Submission Deadline: Monday, May 6, 2019
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 In Memory of George Psathas (1929-2018)


We mourn the passing of George Psathas, which occurred on November 15, 2018. He was professor of Sociology at Boston University until his retirement in 1997. George Psathas was born in 1929 in New Haven, Connecticut. He received his B.A. at Yale University in 1950, his M.A. at the University of Michigan in 1951 and his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1956. From 1963 to 1968 he was Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. George Psathas is the co-founder of the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences (SPHS) as well as founding editor of Human Studies. A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences. He was Honorary President of the International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis. It was his achievement to introduce the paradigm of Phenomenological Sociology in to US American sociological thought, following specifically the works of Alfred Schütz and Harold Garfinkel. He also made a special contribution to the promotion of ethnomethodology. We keep George Psathas in memory as an outstanding sociologist and ethnomethodologist.

Jochen Dreher

2018 Annual Conference, October 21-22, The Nittany Lion Inn, State College, Pennsylvania

Conference Program 

Travel and Lodging Information

Call for Papers 

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2018 SPHS - The George Psathas Lecture - Lenore Langsdorf

Poster Penn State 2018 SPHS


2018 Annual Conference, October 21-22

The Pennsylvania State University – University Park, Pennsylvania

Immediately following

The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy 2018 Conference


The Nittany Lion Inn, State College, Pennsylvania


SUNDAY MORNING 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Oct. 27)

Session 1: Schutz and the Public Sphere


Moderator:  Erik Garrett, Duquesne University

“Technological Life-World Extensions and Mediated Power in the Digital World,” Jochen Dreher, University of Konstanz

 “The Post-Truth Situation and Well-Informed Citizen: From the Perspectives of Alfred Schutz and Hannah Arendt,” Teppei Sekimizu, Rissho University

“Common-Sense and Scientific Understandings of Public Opinion: A Schutzian Reinterpretation,” Jerry Williams, Stephen F. Austin State University


SUNDAY MORNING 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Session 2: Panel Session: Applied Phenomenology and Embodied Research


Moderator: Luann Drolc Fortune, Saybrook University

“Facilities and Manifestations for Embodied Research: A Developing Model,” Luann Drolc Fortune, Saybrook University

“Embodied Experiences with Cancer Survivors with History of Long-Term Meditation,” Kanishtha Agarwal, Saybrook University

“Couples Lived Experience Directing Sexual Energy Toward Heath,” Ana Eisenmann, Saybrook University

“The Lived Experience of Being Curious as a Coachee Seeking Behavior Changes,” Alison Horstmeyer, Saybrook University

“Exploring the Lived Experiences of Parents with a Down Syndrome Child Who Participates in Planned Physical Activities,” Pat White, Saybrook University


SUNDAY MORNING 11:15 am – 1:15 pm

Session 1: Embodiment, Nature, Technology

ROOM 1 Moderator: Johan Bodaski, Duquesne University

“Deathworlds and  the Antidote of Somatic Phenomenology,” Jim Marlatt, Fielding Graduate University, and Valerie Bentz, Fielding Graduate University

“Reconnecting with Nature through the Body: A Study in Yoga and Phenomenology,” Violeena Deka, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

“Husserl: The Algorithmisation of Nature,” Richard Wilson, Towson University


Session 2: Book Session, Alphonso Lingis Reader (University of Minnesota Press, 2018)

Moderator: Tom Sparrow, Slippery Rock University

Presenters: Tom Sparrow, Slippery Rock University

Erik Garrett, Duquesne University

Levi Bryant, Collin College

Respondent: Alphonso Lingis, Pennsylvania State University


SUNDAY AFTERNOON 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Session 1: Experiences of Transcendence

ROOM 1 Moderator: Carlos Belvedere, University of Buenos Aires 

“The Sensible Awakens My Soul to Join the World’s Soul: A Phenomenology of Birth, Breathing, and Dying,” Glen A. Mazis, Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg

“Phenomenology of the Sui Generis Interpersonal Relationship with God,” Michael Barber, Saint Louis University
 “Toward a Phenomenology of Mythopoetic Experience,” Garri Hovhannisyan, Duquesne University


Session 2: Empathy and Communication

ROOM 2: Moderator: Erik Garrett, Duquesne University

“Visible Communication in Organizations,” Johan Bodaski, Duquesne University

“Autism Goes to Hollywood,” Kathleen M. Haney, Independent Scholar

“Empathy and Aesthetic Experience: A Phenomenological Psychological Investigation,” Jannik M. Hansen, University of Copenhagen


SUNDAY AFTERNOON 3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Session 1: Schutz, Garfinkel, and Social Science


Moderator: Michael Barber, Saint Louis University

“Relevance as the Central Concept of Phenomenological Sociology in Alfred Schutz,” Carlos Belvedere, University of Buenos Aires

“‘From the Native’s Point of View’: Alfred Schutz’s Concept of the Life-World Anthropologically Considered,” Anita Galuschek, Heidelberg University

“How to Become an Ethnomethodologist: Breaching and Attitude Shift in the Work of Harold Garfinkel,” Adrea Ploder, University of California, Berkeley


Session 2: Panel: Quantum Mechanics, Phenomenology, and the Human Sciences

ROOM 2: Brandom “William” Aungst, Pennsylvania State University

Moderator: Robert Crease, Stony Brook University

“Phenomenology and Quantum Indeterminacy,” James Sares, Stony Brook University

“Phenomenology Traversed by Dialectics: Illuminations from Žižek on Quantum Physics,” Han Lianqing, Stony Brook University

“Phenomenology and the Ontological ‘Shock’ of Quantum Physics,” Delicia Kamins, Stony Brook University


Sunday, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.



2018 George Psathas SPHS Keynote Lecture

Lenore Langsdorf

Southern Illinois University


MONDAY MORNING 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (Oct. 22)


Business and Breakfast Meeting


MONDAY MORNING 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Session 1: Panel Session: Transformative Phenomenology 


Moderator: Valerie Malhotra Bentz, Fielding Graduate University

“Life-Worlds of Non-traditional Students,” Frank Rojas, Fielding Graduate University

 “Embracing Compassion and Potential by Reconciling Bodies of Knowledge, Practice, and Belief,” Shana Lanzetta, Fielding Graduate University

“Moving from Shame to Shame Resilience: A Phenomenological Journey,” Marty Aden, Fielding Graduate University

“A Meaningful Message to Self: Exploring the Phenomenon of Individual Inspiration through Symbolic Communication Lens,” Tetyana Azarova, Fielding Graduate University

“An Examination of Lucid Dreaming’s Potential for Enhancing Self-Awareness Relative to Husserl’s concept of Intentionality,” Jennifer Decker, Fielding Graduate University

“Leading During a Financial Crisis via a Phenomenological Lens,” Adriana Eliadis, Fielding Graduate University

“‘Surprised by Pain’: Conversations that Emerge When Life-Worlds Gain Language in Phenomenology, and the Impact,” Amrita V. Subramanian, Fielding Graduate University

“Embodied Consciousness: The Lived Experience of Being Recognized,” Suzanne M. Begin, Fielding Graduate University

“To Be the God Within: Older Adults and collective Consciousness-Making,” Theresa Southam, Fielding Graduate University

“Transformational Phenomenology in Discovery of Meaning,” Cherie Wheatley, University of Virgin Islands

Commentary: Carlos Belvedere, University of Buenos Aires

Commentary: Michael Barber, Saint Louis University


MONDAY MORNING 9:00 am – 11:00am

Session 2: The Natural and the Social Sciences


Moderator: Brandon “William” Aungst, Pennsylvania State University

“What the Natural Sciences can Learn from the Human and Social Sciences,” Simon Glynn, Florida Atlantic University

“A Hermeneutic Response to the Pessimistic Meta-Induction,” Stanford Howdyshell, University of South Florida

“Phenomenology of the Spheres: From Ancient Spherics to Philosophical Cosmology,” Randolph Dible, Stony Brook University


MONDAY 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Session 1: Merleau-Ponty, Space, and Art


Moderator: Johan Bodaski, Duquesne University

“Learning Music and Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology,” Mauricio Báez, Daniel Leal, Simón Botero, Universidad Nacional a Distancia de Colombia

“Stage Theory and Phenomenal Space,” Nicholas Danne, University of South Carolina

“Intersubjective Commitments of Space in Merleau Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception,” Ilknur Ozalli, University of Guelph


MONDAY 1:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Session 1: The Family, Feminism, and Difference


Moderator: J. Leavitt Pearl, Duquesne University

“Luce Irigaray’s Re-Thinking of the Family as Place for the Cultivation of Difference,” Jennifer Carter, Stony Brook University

“Gay Levinas,” Jeremy J. Northrup, Point Park University

“The Pregnant Body and the Birth of the Other: Arendt’s Contribution to Original Ethics,” Jennifer Gaffney, Gettysburg College

“Catherine McKinnon’s Feminist Thought as Philosophy: A Heideggerian Reading,” Natalie Nenadic, University of Kentucky


MONDAY 1:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Session 2: Consciousness, Ethics, and Psychotherapy


Moderator: Carlos Belevedere, University of Buenos Aires

“Word and Style as Ethical Problematic: An Inquiry into Lacan and Foucault with Constant Comparison to Merleau-Ponty,” Erica Schiller Freeman, Duquesne University

“Phenomenological Symptoms, Phenomenological Cures: Reading Breuer’s and Freud’s ‘Preliminary Communication,’” Jeffrey McCurry, Duquesne University

“On the Etiology of Depersonalization-Derealization Disorder in Merleau-Ponty,” Sofia Islet Roi, University of British Columbia


MONDAY 3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Session 1: Phenomenology of Clinical Practice, Addiction, and Impotence


Moderator: Jeffrey McCurry, Duquesne University

“Clinical Sympathy: The Important Role of Affectivity in Clinical Practice,” Carter Hardy, University of Alabama at Birmingham

“Musing Substances: A Phenomenological Study of Addiction as an Impaired Hermeneutic Circle,” William E. Spencer, University of West Georgia

“‘I Can’t’: A Phenomenology of Impotence and the Flesh,” J. Leavitt Pearl, Duquesne University


MONDAY 3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Session 2: Society, Distrust, and Critique


Moderator: Erik Garrett, Duquesne University

“Distrust and Politics of Experience,” Chihaya Kusayanagi, Waseda University

“A Phenomenology of a Japanese Remembrance Garden,” Brian Onishi, Pennsylvania State University Altoona

“Phenomenology and Anthropologism: The Death of Man between Foucault and Derrida,” Júlia

Diniz e Carvalho, University of Alberta

After months of struggle with a spinal injury and complications, Lester Embree, Ph.D., passed away on January 19, 2017. He was Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University and received his Ph.D. from the New Lester EmbreeSchool for Social Research in 1972. He did his postdoctoral work with Aron Gurwitsch and had taken classes with Dorion Cairns. He was instrumental in setting up the archives for the papers and files of, among others, Alfred Schutz, Aron Gurwitsch, and Dorion Cairns. He was a prolific scholar, having published 5 book-length investigations, 94 book chapters, 89 interpretive essays, 46 edited books, and 31 edited works of other authors. Many of his works have been published in several languages. He also gave 200 presentations in various conferences and academic settings. He served on the boards of 35 phenomenological societies and belonged to 20 philosophical societies. One of his great services was to foster the growth of phenomenological organizations worldwide, and he was frequently involved in the beginnings of such organizations, such as the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology, the Organization of Phenomenological Organizations, the Husserl Circle, the Círculo LatinoAmericano de Fenomenologíathe Central and European Conference in Phenomenology, the Nordic Society for Phenomenology, Phenomenology for the East Asia Circle, Réseau Euro-Méditerranéen de phénoménologie pour le dialogue interculturel, the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, and the International Alfred Schutz Circle for Phenomenology and Interpretive Social Science. He was instrumental in establishing two book series, Contributions to Phenomenology (Springer Press) and the Series in Continental Thought (Ohio State University Press).


He was a great entrepreneur for phenomenology, always imagining and realizing new phenomenological projects and setting up new organizations. His service to phenomenology included encouraging the practice of phenomenological method, fostering multidisciplinary engagement, mentoring a generation of younger phenomenology scholars, and helping the tradition of phenomenology to flourish across cultures. In the many scholarly conferences he attended, he could be counted on to provide regular illuminating comments based on the views of authoritative phenomenologists, particularly those of the New School; to offer encouraging compliments and insightful criticisms; and to occasionally indulge in instances of corny humor. With Lester's death, phenomenology has lost one of its great animating spirits.


Michael Barber

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