Call for papers : 2009 Graduate Student Conference at the New School For Social Research: The Phenomenological Body, its Spaces and Limits (New School U., NY)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This message is to announce 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

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 [>] 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

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


Janna van Grunsven

Graduate Conference Organizer
The New School for Social Research

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