2017 Call For Papers ICNAP IX: Phenomenology and Mindfulness                 

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The Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP) invites abstracts/paper summaries to be submitted for inclusion in our 9th annual  meeting at Ramapo College of New Jersey May 25-28, 2017.  The event is also hosted by Krame Center for Comtemplative Studies and Midful Living at Ramapo College (http://www.ramapo.edu/kramecenter/).

ICNAP is committed to cultivating connections between teachers,students and researchers in phenomenology across the disciplines. Founded in 2008 by colleagues from Architecture, Communicology, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, ICNAP has had its annual conferences enriched by the contributions of colleagues from Education, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Literature, Musicology, Nursing and Health Care, Social Work and Psychiatry. Fruitful research from other fields as well continues to expand our horizons.

Conference Theme

We welcome not only theoretical studies but also, and especially, applied research, particularly that which is conducted by using phenomenological methodologies, as well as reflective discussions of the state of mindfulness generally.  Our organization is interdisciplinary and phenomenological, so we aim to organize a conference that generates an inclusive and rigorous dialogue on the many paths to mindfulness. 

Possible Topic Focus for Paper, Panel and Poster Proposals

(suggestive but not exhaustive)

 Contemporary: relationships between phenomenology and contemporary mindfulness-based clinical practices, e.g., Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, etc.

Contemplative: relationships between phenomenology and South and East Asian mindfulness traditions, e.g., classical yoga, Taoism, Jainism and Tantrism; between phenomenology and Buddhist mindfulness traditions and practices; between phenomenology and European as well as indigenous contemplative traditions; etc.

Religious: the phenomenology of religious experience in mindfulness or spiritual practices; the relationships between the sacred and the secular in phenomenological procedures and mindfulness or spiritual  practices; between phenomenological methodology and Christian, Jewish and Islamic contemplative traditions; etc.

Scientific: qualitative and empirical phenomenological research on the experience of mindfulness or meditation; the relationships between the phenomenological method and various experimental or natural scientific methods for studying mindfulness and meditation; etc.

Systematic: approaches to embodiment, space, time and relations with others, e.g., in phenomenological procedures and mindfulness practices.

Historical: potential relationship between the thought of figures of the phenomenological movement, e.g., Bretano, Husserl and Heidegger, and that of figures of the contemporary mindfulness movement, e.g., Goenka and Kabat-Zinn.

Prospective: new meditative or mindfulness procedures that could contribute to phenomenological methodology.

Submission Instructions

We accept proposals for papers, panels and posters. Participants have 30 minutes or presentation and 20 minutes for discussion. We welcome volunteers to serve as moderators. Please indicate whether you are willing to serve in this function. Paper submissions should consist of two pages. The first page should include the title, a 250–500 word abstract of the paper, the presenter’s name, discipline and contact information. The second page should contain, for anonymous review, only the title of the paper, the abstract and the presenter’s discipline.

Panel submissions should consist of two parts. The first part should include the titles of the panel and papers, a rationale of 250–500 words for the panel, abstracts of 250–500 words for the papers, the names of the chair and presenters, their respective disciplines and contact information. The second part should contain, for anonymous review, only the titles of the panel and papers, the rationale for the panel, the abstracts of the papers and the disciplines of the presenters. 

Poster submissions should follow similar guidelines as paper and panel submissions.

All proposals should exhibit both a phenomenological and an interdisciplinary focus. Priority will be given to those that clearly demonstrate a solid familiarity with, or a genuine interest in, phenomenology, and to those that clearly transcend disciplinary boundaries in their focus on phenomenology and mindfulness. Proposals on topics other than mindfulness will also be considered.

Please send submissions as email attachments to George Heffernan, Program Committee Chair: George.heffernan@Merrimack.edu.  Please also put ICNAP IX SUBMISSION in the subject line, and format submissions in Word.doc or Docx (not PDF) to facilitate anonymous review.  


Notification of acceptances will be sent by April 1, 2017.




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