CFP: Sussex Annual Graduate Conference in Phenomenology

Call For Papers



Keynote Speakers: Ed Casey (SUNY at Stony Brook) and Tanja Staehler (University of Sussex)

We are welcoming submissions for the 5th Annual University of Sussex Graduate Conference in Phenomenology. This year the conference theme is Phenomena at the Margins. This refers to either phenomena that are usually marginalized, such as gender, orientation etc, or thematically to “margins” as such, such as in corporeality, spatiotemporality, ontology etc.

We invite abstracts from those working in, around, or critically engaging with phenomenology, broadly construed. We also encourage abstracts from those working outside philosophy departments. This is in keeping with the theme of the conference in that we hope to question the typical place and presence of phenomenological research. Priority will be given to students working towards a completion of a PhD, but we also welcome submissions from postdoctoral researchers, as well as MA students.

This conference provides graduate students the opportunity to present their work and receive ample feedback by peers and specialists in the field. It is a two-day conference, organized by graduate students for graduate students. It is organized as a single “stream”, ensuring that every speaker has the opportunity of addressing all delegates. We aim to bring together postgraduates engaging in original research on phenomenology and related branches of philosophy and to promote contemporary studies in this field.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Phenomenology and gender (inequality; subordination; heteronormativity etc)
• Phenomenology and embodiment (the sexual body; alternative bodily schemas; pregnancy; affects marking the body, such as shame, pride, wonder etc)
• Phenomenology and orientation (spatiotemporal orientation; positionality; sexual orientation; cultural orientation etc)
• Phenomenology and limit cases (sleep; unconscious; phobias; failure etc)


Submissions should be ready for blind-review and should consist of two separate documents containing the following:

1) The title and the abstract (maximum 300 words) of your presentation. The abstract should state and explain the topic of the presentation and the way in which the presentation contributes and relates to the theme of the conference. This document should not include your name or institutional affiliation.

2) A separate cover letter that includes: the title of your presentation; your name; institutional affiliation; current academic status, and contact information.

Submissions should be sent to no later than the 28th of February 2014.


Useful information:

The conference will be held at the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 15th March 2014. Accepted papers shall be considered for online publication in the conference proceedings. Accepted speakers shall be allocated 40 minutes in total: 20 minutes in which to deliver their talk and 20 minutes for Q&A. This format allows graduate students to receive ample feedback on their work. The conference fee is £30 for each accepted speaker. This event is open to and free for the public. Further information concerning travel and accommodation, can be found at the conference website

For any further inquiries please contact the Head Organizer, Christos Hadjioannou, at


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