Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists
May 22-24, 2015
The Interdisciplinary Coalition of
North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP) calls for
abstracts/paper summaries to be submitted for inclusion in our 2015 meeting at
University, in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, May 22-24.
is committed to fostering interdisciplinary connections with original works in
phenomenology across the full spectrum of disciplines. Planned in 2008 by
colleagues from Architecture, Communicology, Philosophy, Political Science,
Psychology, and Sociology, ICNAP has been enhanced in annual conferences since
2009 through an infusion of colleagues in Nursing, Social Work, Education,
Health and other fields that continue to expand its interdisciplinary scope.
CONFERENCE THEME: "Facticity and Transcendence"
Our basic focus is on
phenomenology, as a basic methodology of reflection and analysis,
which belongs to a long and diversified historical tradition. As contributors to
tradition, practitioners across a wide spectrum of disciplines continue to
exhibit a deep
appreciation for phenomenology and have been making insightful use of it. Given
phenomenology developed originally within a philosophical framework, anyone in
discipline relying on phenomenology in some sense already bridges disciplines.
showing the fruitfulness of phenomenology in their own discipline and its
forming interdisciplinary connections are most welcome.
The conference theme
“Facticity and Transcendence” concentrates on an idea
characteristic of phenomenology since its inception. On the one hand, we are
already factically located in a dense, unreflected-on situation—a body, a
sedimented meanings, or a life-world—all of whose eidetic features can be
limned. At the
same time, we are always able and responsible for transcending the factical. We
can do so
by becoming reflective about it, awaking from the slumber that the “factical”
describing it empirically and eidetically, imagining beyond its constraints, and
possibilities for the exercise of freedom, new configurations of everyday-life
moral reform. Indeed, Husserl’s phenomenological reduction lies at the heart of
tension between factical determination and reflective transcendence.
theme, “Facticity and Transcendence,” is broadly construed and is open to
analyses from different disciplinary perspectives. We seek projects exploring a
of phenomenological projects that might address the traditional problems
above. Such phenomenologically framed projects can encompass theoretical and
dimensions. Possible topics include: how embodiment is lived, constrained, or
how existential freedom can resist or reconfigure contexts of human degradation
oppression; how various forms of domination (e.g., racist, sexist, heterosexist,
other forms of prejudice with which pervade the everyday life -world) can be
described in their functioning and self-maintenance; and how related subjects
submitted to critique in the light of the reflective and moral standards that
strives to articulat
Submitting a Proposal
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
presentation and 20 minutes for discussion. The organizers reserve the right to
panel submissions into individual presentations placed appropriately within the
For individual papers, please submit a 250-500 word abstract, with the
discipline, paper title and contact information on the first page. The second
contain only the title, discipline and abstract for anonymous review.
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
For panels, please
include the title of the program, the names of the chair and all presenters, and
a 200-300 word rationale for the panel along with a 250-500 word abstract for
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. Volunteers for panel moderators
are also welcome.
Submissions due by March 1, 2015. This is the final deadline. No
extensions will be granted.
Acceptances notified by March 15, 2015.
Send all submissions
to Jacqueline M. Martinez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
as email attachment. Please put ICNAP VII
in the subject line of the email.