Margins of Phenomenology (2022)



friday, april 8 (@BU)

12:45-1:00 Opening Remarks

1:00-2:30 Lisa Guenther (Queen’s) Asking Different Questions: A Decolonial Reading of MerleauPonty’s Institution Course Notes | Response: Naomi Scheman (Minnesota)

2:30-4:00 Kris Sealey (Fairfield) Living Plots in the Stone-Time of Necropolitics | Response: Gregory Fried (BC)

4:00-4:30 Coffee

4:30-6:00 Christina M. Gschwandtner (Fordham) Distinguishing the Wesen of Beings: Phenomenological Method in Hedwig Conrad-Martius | Response: Anna Boessenkool (BC)

6:00-8:00 Dinner Reception (all are welcome!)

saturday, april 9 (@BC)

1:00-2:30 Joel Michael Reynolds (Georgetown) The Normate | Response: Eugenia Stefanello (Padua)

2:30-4:00 Samantha Matherne (Harvard) The Normativity of Color: Perspectives from Edith Landmann-Kalischer and Maurice Merleau-Ponty | Response: Emma Jerndal (BU)

4:00-4:30 Coffee

4:30-6:00 Shiloh Whitney (Fordham) Affective Injustice as Uptake Injustice: From Anger Gaslighting to Environmental Despair | Response: Michaila Peters (BC)


This year’s symposium, “Margins of Phenomenology,” will bring together scholars who wield phenomenology in order to push the boundaries of the field — both in terms of the topics that are the objects of phenomenological research, as well as the figures that are included in the phenomenological canon. We aim to bring attention to marginalized figures in the history of phenomenology, especially women in the early phenomenological period, as well as resources in phenomenology that bear on ongoing debates in the philosophy of race, philosophy of gender, feminist philosophy, queer philosophy, and post-colonial philosophy. 


Boston University (BU) / School of Theology Building, Room 325 / 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Boston College (BC) / Stokes Hall South, Room 195S / 307 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


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