What We Want

We want submissions that are centered around original phenomenological descriptions

58d171f8112f7043268b5836More specifically, 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.

We are also interested in questions of method. This will require authors to call attention to the 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 summary, papers submitted to this panel must contain two things:

  1. A detailed, rigorous, attentive, extended, and original description of a phenomenon in the lived world; and
  2. an explication of the method used to generate this description.

In the spirit of collaborative phenomenology, a paper’s commentators 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 than critics in helping to extend, refine, and deepen a paper’s description. That said, criticisms of textual interpretation are welcome so long as they further the aim of collaborative inquiry into phenomenological method. What we don’t want →