What We Want

We want submissions that are centered around original phenomenological descriptions, informed by the spirit of critique

handMore generally, we want submissions that stay close to the phenomenon itself in order to be faithful to it and describe it vividly to others. We are interested in the application of phenomenology’s insights and the generation of detailed, rigorous, extended descriptions of the lived world, which can be expressed in terms of essences or manifold matrices of meaning. Descriptions may arise from phenomenological reflection broadly construed, so long as the phenomenon itself remains the chief focus of the paper.

Papers for the 2018 panel must therefore bear this primary commitment to phenomenological description in mind, while showing how the description generated reflects the critical turn in phenomenology. This will require authors to call attention to the critical phenomenological method employed in generating their descriptions. This might be done in a variety of ways, but the goal should be to show the audience how a description was generated. Explications of method should be stated in broad terms, and overly-detailed textual exegesis should be relegated to footnotes or appendices in order to preserve the “flow” of a description. We are interested in how our panelists have learned from, applied, adjusted, merged, questioned, subverted or otherwise deployed a variety of phenomenological methods in the development of their own critical phenomenological practice. In sum, papers submitted to this panel must contain:

  1. A detailed, rigorous, extended, and original description of a phenomenon in the lived world;
  2. an explication of the method used to generate this description; and
  3. an explanation of how this method reflects the critical turn in phenomenology.

In the spirit of collaborative phenomenology, paper commentators for BTTTT! 2018 will view these descriptions in light of their rigor, originality, and the application of method. In other words, commentators for this panel will act more as collaborators helping to extend, refine and deepen a paper’s description. Criticisms of textual interpretation are welcome so long as they further the aim of collaborative inquiry into phenomenological method. What we don’t want →