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

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