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The 2009 Graduate Student Conference at the New School For Social Research:

The Phenomenological Body, its Spaces and Limits

 

Date: March 26-27th, 2009
Paper Submission Deadline: October 15th, 2008
Keynote Speakers: Jay M. Bernstein (New School), Hubert L. Dreyfus (UC Berkeley)

 

This year’s conference invites explorations of phenomenological approaches to the body, the spaces that these approaches open up and the limits they face. We welcome papers on phenomenological accounts of the body, both from a historical perspective and within contemporary debates, as well as papers that offer alternative accounts of the body and embodiment that engage with or criticize the phenomenological approach.

Phenomenology counters the marginalization of the body resulting from Cartesian mind/body dualism by addressing the body’s role in understanding such issues as intentionality and human agency. These issues continue to play a key role in contemporary interdisciplinary debates that take place on the threshold between phenomenology, philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Although the fruitfulness of these debates demonstrates the relevance of phenomenological approaches to the lived body, alternate accounts open up questions about its possible limits. For example, psychoanalysis, postmodernism, and feminist and gender theory have helped refine our understanding of the body, focusing on themes such as the body’s vulnerability, sexual identity, violence, and bodily integrity—issues which some believe are neglected in phenomenological approaches. This year’s conference aims to facilitate conversations that contribute to an understanding of phenomenological accounts of the body as well as its relation to alternative accounts.

Possible Topics Include:

•       Embodied cognition
•       Intentionality
•       Unreflective coping and skill-acquisition
•       Embodied self-consciousness
•       Embodiment and intersubjectivity
•       Collective embodiment
•       Sexual identity
•       Bodily integrity
•       Bodily vulnerability
•       Violence and power

From a thematic angle:
•       Phenomenology
•       Cognitive Science
•       Psychoanalysis
•       Gender and Feminist theory
•       Bioethics
•       Postmodernism
•       Philosophy of Mind

From a historical angle:
•       Aristotle
•       Spinoza
•       Descartes
•       Fichte
•       Nietzsche
•       Freud
•       Husserl
•       Plessner
•       Merleau-Ponty
•       Heidegger
•       Deleuze
•       Irigaray
•       Butler
•       Varela

Submission Guidelines:

Papers ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 words should be submitted in blind review format via NSSRphilconference2009@gmail.com and should include the following in the body of the email:

i. Author's name
ii. Title of Paper
iii. Institutional affiliation
iv. Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address)

Please omit any self-identifying information within the body of the paper.

Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than December 19th, 2008.