sábado, 23 de outubro de 2010


Doing Phenomenology: Back To The Things Themselves!

Deadline for submitting a proposal is January 5, 2011

BTTTT! 2011

As always, BTTTT! is explicitly 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.  As always, we are interested in textual exegesis only to the extent that it complements a given description.  As always, our aim is to stay close to the phenomenon itself in order to be faithful to it and describe it vividly to others.  Descriptions may arise from phenomenological reflection broadly construed, so long as the phenomenon remains the chief focus of the paper.

Papers for the 2011 panel should therefore bear these general commitments in mind, but also call attention to the phenomenological method the author has employed in generating his or her description.  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 phenomenological practice.  Our intention is for these methodological reflections to contribute directly to our half-day workshop, in which we will focus explicitly on participants’ divergent experiences of “doing phenomenology.”  Studies that take up specific perspectives (e.g. ecophenomenology, feminist phenomenology, naturalized phenomenology) or that engage a specific area of phenomenological inquiry (e.g. phenomenology of architecture, media, technology, embodiment, art) are all most welcome, as long as the description remains the chief focus of the paper.  In sum, papers submitted to this panel must contain both:

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.

In the spirit of collaborative phenomenology, paper commentators for BTTTT! 2011 will view these descriptions in light of their rigor, originality, and the application of method.  In other words, commentators in this panel will act less as critics of scholarly exegesis and 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.

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