CFP – Early Phenomenology in Context

Annual conference of The North American Society for Early Phenomenology

22-­24 May, 2019
Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Keynote Speakers:
Thomas Vongehr (KU Leuven)
Smaranda Aldea (Kent State University)
Peter Trnka (Memorial University)

The theories, methods, and applications of early phenomenology arose within a complex context. For this meeting, we invite papers on the historical aspects of the phenomenological movement, broadly construed. The history of phenomenology has been heavily influenced by personal, political, and social factors. Women phenomenologists existed, but faced certain professional barriers. The rise of phenomenology during the First World War meant that its history would be indelibly marked by the political situation in Germany. The concepts of early phenomenologists developed out of personal relations between Husserl’s students, and Husserl’s phenomenology would itself be reframed under the varying interpretations of students like Edith Stein and Roman Ingarden. The theme of this meeting is to analyze the development of phenomenology within all of these contexts. We welcome papers on the development of particular concepts within phenomenology, analyses of how the early phenomenological period was influenced by external factors, and historical exposition of any aspect of the early phenomenological movement. We encourage submissions on Franz Brentano, Edmund Husserl, Hedwig Conrad-Martius, Eugen Fink, Roman Ingarden, Edith Stein, Dietrich Von Hildebrand, Adolf Reinach, Max Scheler, Martin Heidegger, Gerda Walther, Theodor Lipps, Moritz Geiger, Alexander Pfänder, Maximilian Beck, Jean Hering, et al. (As always, we welcome papers that deal with the full spectrum of early phenomenologists.)

Download the call for papers here.

Abstracts should be 400-600 words, and include a short bibliography. Abstracts must be prepared for blind review and sent to Charlene Elsby (

Deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2019.
Decisions will be sent out no later than March 1st, 2019.

Organizers: Charlene Elsby, Rodney Parker
Host: The Department of Philosophy, Memorial University Newfoundland

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