VENICE, JULY 3-6, 2018

DEADLINE: February 15th, 2018

The Truth of Fictions/The Fictions of Truth

From the most overt genre of science fiction literature and films, to the novel zones of digital experiences and identities, to the recurring specter of post-truth and truthiness, our contemporary world is saturated with fictions. Everywhere, fictions abound; but does truth still remain? Is the distinction between “truth” and “fictional” still credible or effective? Is there a truth to fictions? Are truths all vital fictions? Ever since Husserl’s original, though lesser known, analyses of image-consciousness, the imagination, and phantasy, the phenomenological interest in fiction and truth has enjoyed a rich and vibrant legacy. Amongst various approaches to these topical questions, a phenomenological analysis of fictional entities and fictionalizations of the imaginary challenges any traditional construal of the distinction between “the fictional” and “the true.” The imaginary is not a mere copy of reality nor are fictional entities ghost-like apparitions without their own form of objectivity. How does phenomenology contribute to a renewed philosophical understanding of fictions? How can phenomenology understand the truth of fictions while recognizing the contributing element of fictions in the constitution of truth?

Applicants should send a CV and a sample of writing (optional) to

Phenomenology of Medicine and Bioethics

This conference intends to bring together phenomenologists working with issues in medicine that are, directly or indirectly, tied to medical ethics. Phenomenology is often put in contact with bioethics via philosophy of medicine and medical humanities, and accordingly, relevant conference themes might include: the nature and essence of medical technologies, the clinical encounter, illness, pain, disability, pregnancy, giving birth and dying. Moreover, there is room for dialogue with already established approaches in bioethics, such as caring ethics, feminist ethics, biopolitics and narrative ethics. Ultimately, what is essential from the point of view of the conference is not the label of phenomenology as such, but rather to gather philosophical and ethical analyses that adopt the phenomenological imperative to return to lived experience in a reflective manner. We welcome contributions that make use of phenomenological philosophy in this broad sense as a means to engage with contemporary ethical questions and dilemmas in contemporary medicine.

Phenomenology in Dialogue: Religious Experience and the Lifeworld

Keynote speakers:

Michael Barber, Saint Louis University
Marc Jean-Bernard, University of Puerto Rico

Phenomenology in Dialogue: Religious Experience and the Lifeworld is the topic of the regional conference of the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience. The conference is divided into two main sections: critical issues in the phenomenological research of religious experience, and the phenomenology of religious experience in various domains of the lifeworld, such as ministry, preaching, corporate world, ecology, health practices, and pastoral and clinical counseling.

In the first section we welcome contributions which advance research of religious experience by articulating the areas of special reflection, as well as the areas of new and visionary problematic. How do we thematize the problem of religious experience? How does the traditional phenomenological first-person authority play itself out in the phenomenology of religious experience? Should phenomenological research of religious experience be in dialogue with natural science research? What are the spheres, regions and horizons in which we can understand religious experience? How do traditional topics of phenomenological philosophy, such as the ego, subjectivity, embodiment, or intersubjectivity, relate to the study of religious experience? We invite these and other questions to be treated not only in light of classical phenomenological scholarship, but also within interpretive and critical approaches; we also welcome contributions coming from the perspectives of theological phenomenology such as, for example, perspectives connected with the work of Schleiermacher or Troeltsch, French phenomenology, and the phenomenology of life.

In the second section, we would like to read papers which discuss the positioning of religious experience in various lifeworlds. How do religious realities manifest across the different traditions and practices? What regional ontologies of knowledge create the contexts for successful phenomenological research of religious experience? How can phenomenology clarify the role of religious experience in the world of business, in emergent theologies of hope, or in healthcare? The papers will be considered for further publication in the topical issue of De Gruyter Open Theology (to be published in 2019). For more information, please email

ISP/Grado – 3rd Summer School in Ontology

3rd Summer School in Ontology
21-26 August

The summer school valorises the unavoidable pursuit of ontology, foregrounding the debate on this classical philosophical question.

The 2017 edition will offer a cutting edge, high-quality programme, thanks to the participation of some of the leading contemporary philosophers: Giorgio AGAMBEN, Paul LIVINGSTON, Graham PRIEST, Sergei PROZOROV.

Full Schedule:

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy