Announcements

ICNAP 13: Corpus Crisis

June 1-3, 2022 | The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center | Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA

The 13th meeting of ICNAP is generously being hosted online for the second year in a row by The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center at Duquesne University. The meeting’s grammatically suspect dictum, corpus crisis, is meant in its multiple resonances and acknowledges the world-historical crisis of the pandemic as the background of its thirteenth meeting. Corpus Crisis signals and troubles the body and bodies in phenomenology. It indexes the many disciplines that constitute the phenomenological field and focuses on the question of whose body or what ‘kinds’ of embodiment are included in the phenomenological tradition and practice. Correlatively, corpus crisis signifies the possibility of phenomenology to be more phenomenological; in relation to and in redress of historically- sedimented social and political injustices. To be sure, corpus crisis consciously brings Husserl’s Crisis to mind and echoes with his prescience by way of an invitation to reconsider and specify the contribution of his thought in our time.

To submit a proposal for consideration (abstract of 150-250 words with 4 keywords), please complete the form at: https://icnap.org/proposals/ This form will prepare all submissions for blind review. Proposals are due May 10, 2022.

More information on the conference is available in the conference CFP and the ICNAP website. Registration fees range from $0-$30 (USD). Those interested in registering for the conference may do so here. Please direct inquiries to Tone Roald, Vice-President, at conference@icnap.org or Athena Colman, ICNAP President, at president@icnap.org

Merleau-Ponty: Institution – Ontology – Politics

Hosted by Praxis Research Group, Centro de Filosofia (Praxis-CFUL), Universidade de Lisboa, the international conference Merleau-Ponty: Institution-Ontology-Politics aims at launching a fresh view on Merleau-Ponty’s late works, courses and published and unpublished materials, in order to assess his legacy and potentiality beyond the frontiers of phenomenology and to broaden the scope of his philosophical influence. Thus, the conference seeks to bring scholars together to explore the not-always-obvious connections of his late work with other disciplines such us political philosophy, social ontology, aesthetics, critical theory or cultural studies. We are particularly interested in contributions that engage with Merleau-Ponty’s late philosophy.

We welcome proposals for academic contributions that speak to the concerns of the conference as outlined above. Each speaker will have 25 min. for presentation, followed by 15 min. of questions and discussion. Interested speakers should submit a 400-words abstract, accompanied by a short biographical note (max. 150 words), to merleauponty.lisbon2022@gmail.com by the 31st of May. Selected submissions will be confirmed before mid-June. The conference has been conceived as a two-day in-person event, but if the number of quality submissions exceeds expectations, a third day may be added. The conference will be held in English and both register and attendance are free.

Philosophy Video Premiere & Launch: Art and Aesthetics in and After Phenomenology of Perception (A Conversation in Five Parts) — Oct 1

Art and Aesthetics in and After Phenomenology of Perception (A Conversation in Five Parts), a philosophy video that is the seventh in a series on Phenomenology of Perception Around the World, is ready to launch! The launch features the video’s world premiere, followed by a discussion with three of the scholars in the video, Rajiv Kaushik (Canada), Fielding (Canada), Galen Johnson (USA), and host David Morris (Canada). This will be followed by a question and answer session with attendees. The launch is via a Zoom Webinar, on 1 October 2021, 15:00-17:00 EST (Montreal). It is free but requires registration

The film gathers six scholars, all known internationally for their own work on art and aesthetics in Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology, to have an open and improvised conversation. The six scholars are: Jorella Andrews, Edward S. Casey, Helen Fielding, Véronique Fóti, Galen Johnson, and Rajiv Kaushik.

This is a film of their conversation in five parts: “A Philosophy Better Served by Art?”; “Thinking in Paint”; “The Political”; “Critics, Silence”; “Art-Philosophy, Philosophy-Art.”

 The results are a lively, highly original and personal, discussion concerning the centrality of art and artwork in Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception and his phenomenology in general. This film, very much in the spirit of Merleau-Ponty himself, stands as a helpful document for students and scholars alike.

The film will be premiered during the launch via the series site vimeo.com/phparw. It will be permanently available for streaming thereafter. Watch the trailer here.

Call for Abstracts: Affecting Presence in the World of Aesthetics

GEO-AESTHETICS CONFERENCE |  Fifteenth Annual Conference | March 18-19, 2022 | TOWSON UNIVERSITY

Let us imagine a world of aesthetics without objects. Let us imagine presences instead of objects. In such a world devoid of objects, there would be no subjects. Such a world would be other than our familiar, everyday world, with its subjects and objects. What would be palpable in such a world are affecting presences, each of which is what it is by its relationship to other presences.  Such presences are ecstatic, and thus offer limitless potential in their experiential influence. The conference is intended to be a gathering of individuals who, in such a world, seek to share their experiences.

Abstracts are invited from any academic discipline and from those who are not associated with the academy. Submissions from performing and non-performing artists, philosophers, poets, writers, and applied aestheticians are welcome. Send abstracts of no less than 200 words to John Murungi at jmurungi@towson.edu. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2022.

Phenomenology of Perception in Japan: Current Trends and the Future — Launch 8 AM EDT 14 May 2021

Phenomenology of Perception in Japan: Current Trends and the Future, a philosophy video that is the sixth in a series on Phenomenology of Perception Around the World, is ready to launch! The launch features the video’s world premiere, followed by a discussion with its makers, Maiko Sakai, Tadashi Kawasaki, Tetsuo Sawada,  Yasuyuki Sano, and Yu Miyahara, from Japan, and host David Morris (Canada). This will be followed by a question and answer session with attendees, in English (and also Japanese with English translation). The launch is via a Zoom Webinar, on 14 May 2021, 08:00-10:00 EDT (Montreal). It is free but requires registration

In recent years, some Japanese researchers have read Merleau-Ponty in a new way. They published or are going to publish ambitious works concerning Merleau-Ponty. What aspects of Merleau-Ponty’s thought inspired their works? In this video, five Japanese researchers introduce their own works that interpret Merleau-Ponty’s thought as an attempt at critical phenomenology: an attempt to bring about social change by describing marginalized experiences.

Imagerie par Résonance Corporelle – Launch 30 April 2021

The latest film in our Phenomenology of Perception Around the World series, Imagerie par Résonance Corporelle by María Clara Garavito, Verónica Cohen, Ariela Battán Horenstein, will launch 2:00 PM EDT April 30th!

Given the current context of experiencing virtuality as a familiar way of intersubjective encounter, we take the challenge of using Merleau-Ponty’s work as a point of departure for thinking about intercorporeality in virtual contexts. The leading question of our project was: “What are the virtual encounters made of?” Virtuality, understood as a kind of interruption of the habitual relationship between bodies and environment, has a history in our development in a cultural context. We introduce the notion of “phantom Other” for understanding this phenomenon. The “phantom Other” is linked to the phantom limb syndrome presented by Merleau-Ponty in PhoP. While a specific situation summons the limb through a habit, in virtuality, the other is summoned by the phantom Other constituted by a sedimentation of the elements of past lived intercorporeal encounters (gestures, synchronicity, warmness, affectivity, closeness, intimacy).

The film will debut online as part of a Zoom webinar. The launch event is free to attend but registration is required.

Merleau-Ponty and the Toronto Seminar: A Story of Philosophical Community – Launch 16 April 2021

Merleau-Ponty and the Toronto Seminar: A Story of Philosophical Community explores the significance of Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception for a group of scholars connected through a philosophy seminar that has taken place annually in Toronto for nearly twenty years. Laura McMahon interviews Toronto Seminar founder and organizer John Russon and Merleau-Ponty scholars Kirsten Jacobson, Kym Maclaren, and Scott Marratto about central concepts and features of Merleau-Ponty’s work—the creative nature of phenomenological description, the challenge to mind-body dualism, the rigorous engagement with the natural sciences, the nature of institution and intercorporeality—and their importance for contemporary research on the body, intersubjectivity, and health.

The featured scholars also speak to how the collective thinking that takes place at the Toronto Seminar has shaped their philosophical identities. This video is both an educational introduction to some of what is most insightful and exciting about Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy, and a reflection on the power of thinking together in philosophical community.

The launch event will feature the world premiere of the film, followed by a discussion of it with its makers and interviewees Laura McMahon, John Russon, Kirsten Jacobson, Scott Marratto and Kym Maclaren (Canada & USA) with host David Morris (Canada), and then a question and answer session with the audience. The launch is via a Zoom Webinar, on 16 April 2021, 16:00-17:30 EST (Montreal).

Read: Galen Johnson reviews Rajiv Kaushik’s “Merleau-Ponty between Philosophy and Symbolism”

Published in the latest issue of Research in Phenomenology: Galen A. Johnson (University of Rhode Island; former General Secretary of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle) reviews Rajiv Kaushik’s (Brock University; Conference Director of the 41st Meeting of the IMPC) latest monograph, Merleau-Ponty between Philosophy and Symbolism: The Matrix Ontology

Aesthetics in the Time of Pandemic
Towson University, May 28-29, 2021

The global impact from Covid-19 raises questions about the place of aesthetics in our world today.  For some, aesthetics might seem dispensable at this time.  For others, aesthetics can be a force that encourages, enlightens, and inspires hope. In the light of the current situation, should aesthetic venues be subject to lockdown until the pandemic is over, or should aesthetics become a voice of resistance and hope?  What are the initiatives involving aesthetics that might play an important role? What are some of the philosophical implications of aesthetics in the time of pandemic? How should artists respond to the pandemic?

We invite abstracts for a virtual conference that will take place May 28-29, 2021. The conference will be virtual. If you are interested in participating, please submit a 100-word abstract by March 31, 2021, to: John Murungi via jmurungi@towson.edu

Relationality in American Art
Courtauld Institute of Art (online), Centre for American Art, June 24–25, 2021
Addressing art of the Americas in the long twentieth century, this conference asks how relationality as an analytic might undo binaries and critique the persistence of a universalized maker and viewer within art history. Presentations examining formal relations and/or artwork-viewer relations are welcome so long as they open onto larger considerations about subjectivity. Due to the pandemic, ‘Relationality in American Art’ will be held online. This conference is funded by support from the Courtauld’s Centre for American Art and from the Terra Foundation for American Art.
 
We encourage submissions from advanced graduate students and established professionals in fields including, but not limited to, artistic practice, English, philosophy, comparative literature, art history, performance studies, and American or African American studies. To apply, please send a proposal consisting of a CV and a 250 word abstract (including paper title and up to two images if relevant) to Elizabeth Buhe at ebuhe@nyu.edu by 5 April 2021.
Journal of the Philosophy of Disability now Accepting Submissions

The Journal of the Philosophy of Disability is now accepting submissions. The journal will publish peer-reviewed articles, review essays, critical responses, and commentaries, as well as occasional topical clusters and symposia. The editors welcome scholarship from all philosophical perspectives, including analytic, continental, and pragmatist traditions, the history of philosophy, empirically informed philosophy, non-Western philosophy, as well as other traditions, fields, and disciplines that substantively engage research in philosophy of disability. The JPD will be published fully open-access by the Philosophy Documentation Center with assistance from Georgetown University. 

You can read more details about the journal as well as the field of philosophy of disability on the American Philosophical Association Blog’s Forefront of Research series. Please follow the Journal of Philosophy of Disability on Twitter and on Facebook and look out for its inaugural issue this fall. Please send any inquires to jphildisability@gmail.com. The journal’s website is: https://www.pdcnet.org/jpd

PhP Around the World — Les Paysages Phénoménologiques des Étangs du Limousin Launch 18 December 2020

Les Paysages Phénoménologiques des Étangs du Limousin, a philosophy video that is the third in a series on Phenomenology of Perception Around the World, is ready to launch! The launch event will feature the world premiere of the film, followed by a discussion of it with its maker, Adèle Beaufils (France) and hosts David Morris (Canada) and Ted Toadvine (France), and then a question and answer session with the audience. The launch is via a Zoom Webinar, on 18 December 2020, 13:00-14:00 EST (Montreal). It is free but requires registration. Note that the film is in French, with English subtitles. For the discussion, answers will be in French and/or English, and questions from the audience can be posed in French or English.

 Les Paysages Phénoménologiques des Étangs du Limousin explores our way of perceiving our own environment, our being part of it. To do so, this short film calls on Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s works on perception—and the origin of our own knowledge.

Phenomenology of Perception Around the World is a video series celebrating the 75th anniversary of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s 1945 Phenomenology of Perception. A project of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle and Chiasmi International, the series celebrates the history, impact, and prospects of this book in philosophy, arts, and other disciplines, with videos by scholars and artists around the world.

PhP Around the World — 1945: de Paris à Lyon, contextes et réceptions de la Phénoménologie de la perception Launch 11 December 2020

The second video in the Phenomenology of Perception Around the World series is 1945: de Paris à Lyon, contextes et réceptions de la Phénoménologie de la perceptionThe film will be launched in an online webinar on 11 December 2020, 13:00-14:15 EST (Montreal), with the filmmaker Morgane Blaine (France), hosted by David Morris (Canada) and Stefan Kristensen (France). Those interested in attending the launch can register for the session here. Note that the film is in French, with English subtitles; the discussion and Q & A session will primarily be in French, with questions posed in French or English.

This documentary sheds new light on little-known aspects of the period in which Merleau-Ponty taught in Lyon, in 1945. Based on unpublished archival material, presented here for the first time, it provides an analysis of this intellectual context and the various receptions of the Phenomenology of Perception.
Ce documentaire jette une lumière nouvelle sur des aspects méconnus de l’enseignement de Merleau-Ponty à Lyon, en 1945. A partir de matériaux d’archives inédits, présenté ici pour la première fois, il avance une analyse des jeux de réceptions de la Phénoménologie de la perception.
Phenomenology of Perception Around the World is a video series celebrating the 75th anniversary of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s 1945 Phenomenology of Perception. A project of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle and Chiasmi International, the series celebrates the history, impact, and prospects of this book in philosophy, arts, and other disciplines, with videos by scholars and artists around the world.
PhP Around the World — They Roam Together Launch 4 December 2020

The first video in the Phenomenology of Perception Around the World series is They Roam Together. The film will be launched in an online webinar on 4 December 2020, 13h-14h EST (Montreal), with the filmmakers Antony Fredriksson (Finland), Veronika Janatková (Czech Republic), hosted by David Morris (Canada). They Roam Together illustrates some pivotal ideas of Maurice Merleau-Ponty concerning intercorporeality and shared perception. The film investigates the question: How come two beings, having two different kinds of sense of perception, perceive the same things? Or do they?

The film invites the viewer on a journey that explores these philosophical questions against the backdrop of a small Czech village. It wanders and wonders with its main characters, in a triptych that dives into daily situations and inspects the way perception is shared between human beings, and humans and non-human animals.

The film’s intimate visual language explores our ability to share our sight, our hearing and our attention with another living being. It approaches questions concerning embodiment and shared perception through observations of the protagonists’s experience of space and the surrounding landscapes and soundscapes. Guided by the subtle voice-over of personal reflections of the protagonist and quotes by Merleau-Ponty, the film aims to visualize their experience of watching, feeling, smelling, and noticing, in communion.

David Morris wins Ballard Prize in Phenomenology

The Circle is pleased to share that David Morris has been awarded the 2020 Edward Goodwin Ballard Book Prize in Phenomenology for his monograph, Merleau-Ponty’s Developmental Ontology (Northwestern U. Press 2018). A description of the Edward Goodwin Ballard Prize appears below:

The Edward Goodwin Ballard Prize in Phenomenology is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology with interest from a fund raised from Professor Ballard’s family, students, and friends. The prize of $1,000 is awarded annually, beginning in 1997, for the best book in phenomenology from the previous three years nominated in an area of interest to Ballard. Books that are phenomenological and published in English, French, German, or Spanish focusing on art, ancient philosophy, the philosophy of the liberal arts, or the philosophies of mathematics, natural science, or technology.

November 15 deadline for rolling Call for Videos: Phenomenology of Perception Around the World: A 75th Anniversary Broadcast Series

Our panel is pleased to announce that we had a strong set of proposals submitted in response to our initial Call for Videos for the series Phenomenology of Perception Around the World.

We want to further extend and diversify the series and are, accordingly announcing a second, rolling deadline for proposals, November 15, 2020. We will begin another round of review after that date. We are also posting a few examples of successful proposals from our first round of submissions; these may provide helpful models.

Phenomenology of Perception Around the World: A 75th Anniversary Broadcast Series

Dear Members of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle, We hope this message finds you and yours well in these very trying times. Our last email to you concerned the postponement of our 2020 conference—together with the announcement of a different, but complementary project, “Phenomenology of Perception Around the World: A 75th Anniversary Broadcast Series.” We are now ready with our first ever ‘Call for Videos’ (CFV), for that project—which is proceeding as a joint effort of the IMPC and Chiasmi International. You’ll find a detailed CFV here. To summarize a few key points: (1) It’s a call to submit short proposals for videos, comprised of a working title, brief abstract/plan (750-1000 words), the planned format (e.g., a talk by one person, an interview, a video essay), and CV of broadcaster(s). We have an online form for you to submit your proposals. Submissions open July 1, 2020, and will be reviewed as they arrive, giving first consideration to proposals received by mid-August. But we will continue to review proposals received after that, on a rolling basis. We hope that first broadcasts will be ready to release by October. You’ll also find attached a PDF, linked in the CFV, that gives some examples of other FORMS videos could take, beyond talks by one person. (2) Please note that since this is a global endeavour, the language of videos is open (you’ll be asked to indicate this on the submission form). Also, to make videos as accessible as possible, we are hoping that those submitting will be able to use online services such as Amara to add subtitles to their videos, in the language of the video. (3) The proposals will be reviewed by a curatorial panel. The aim is curating a series that will provide a global gallery of views on the Phenomenology. Note that this curatorial aim is different than refereeing papers for a conference, and the process and this form of work on Merleau-Ponty are new to us. It will be a learning opportunity for everybody, and we are looking forward to excellent and creative results! (4) David Morris (Canada) has initiated the project and will serve on the panel for the IMPC, joined by Ted Toadvine (USA) for Chiasmi, Stefan Kristensen (Switzerland/France), Mariana Larison (Argentina), and Helen Ngo (Australia). We are awaiting final confirmation from one other panelist. With this launch, we’ll also be contacting scholars from other regions who can circulate the call and offer curatorial advice. If you have questions about the 75th Anniversary Broadcast Series please feel free to contact David Morris at David.Morris@concordia.ca. We will also be maintaining a Frequently Asked Questions page to collect answers to your questions, through the Circle’s website. If you have questions about the 75th Anniversary Broadcast Series please feel free to contact David Morris at David.Morris@concordia.ca. We are also maintaining a Frequently Asked Questions page to collect answers to your questions, through the Circle’s website. Finally, for materials for opening titles for the overall series, we are seeking your help:

  • For visuals, we are planning to use images of the many different covers of editions and translations of the Phénoménologie, and we have several already; if you have covers we don’t yet have, or better images of ones we do have, please feel free to submit them to the collection via an online form.
  • For audio (in addition to some music) we are planning to collage many, many voices, saying “Phenomenology of Perception Around the World: A 75th Anniversary Broadcast Series,” in different languages, and are looking for voices of different ages, from children to grandparents. You can submit voice samples via another online form.

We’ll be posting this announcement on our IMPC webpage and Facebook, and we encourage all of you to circulate the CFV as well. Best and stay safe, David Morris & Gail Weiss

“Critical Phenomenology and Merleau-Ponty’s Open Futures”

45th Annual Conference of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle Oct 21-23, 2021 Western University, London, Ontario, Canada Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological approach has greatly influenced the emerging field of critical phenomenology.  We invite scholars from a diverse range of disciplines to question the normalized power structures that shape how we make sense of the world and organize social existence. Scholars of Indigenous philosophy, critical race theory, feminist phenomenology, critical disability studies as well as researchers in cognition and neuroscience, and other phenomenology related areas are invited to submit papers on this theme broadly construed.  As well, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Phenomenology of Perception, papers that take up historical, textual and/or contextual analysis of this text are also welcome. The conference is directed by Helen A. Fielding. Plenary addresses will be delivered by Donald A. Landes (Université Laval), Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning (York University), and Evan Thompson (The University of British Columbia); keynote talks will be given by Dorothea Olkowski (University of Colorado), Gail Weiss (George Washington University) and Shiloh Whitney (Fordham). The annual conference features the M. C. Dillon prize and lecture for the best graduate student paper submission. Submissions of no more than 3,500 words should be prepared for anonymous review and sent to Helen Fielding (hfieldin@uwo.ca) by June 1, 2021. Graduate students should indicate that they would like to be considered for the M.C. Dillon prize at the time of submission.

Ron Morstyn

Dear Colleagues: It is with great sadness that I report that Dr. Ron Morstyn passed away last week in Sydney, Australia after a long bout with cancer.  Ron was an enthusiastic member of the Circle for several years.  He made important contributions to bringing Merleau-Ponty’s style of phenomenology to psychology and psychiatry.  And his personal contributions and always cheery presence at our meetings will be sorely missed.  Please keep his wife, Gaye, in your thoughts. Dr. Duane H. Davis UNC-Asheville