WCCEH were pleased to co-sponsor the British Society of Phenomenology’s 2020 conference, which, due to the pandemic, was held entirely online for the first time. Despite this, the engagement and participation was incredible from the 150 attendees, especially in the Q&A sessions.
The BSP’s conference was co-hosted by the Centre’s Luna Dolezal and Jessie Stanier, who produced a number of welcome videos to create a friendly online atmosphere in the run up to the conference. They also proposed the theme of the conference, which was ‘Engaged Phenomenology’.
‘Engaged Phenomenology’ seeks to complement the approaches of applied and critical phenomenology by investigating embodied lived experience through a plurality of voices, encouraging dialogue between phenomenology, as a philosophical approach, and other disciplines, in addition to practitioners and individuals outside the academy. [From the BSP website]
Keynote speeches were given by Sophie Loidolt, Mariana Ortega and Dan Zahavi, along with nearly sixty pre-recorded presentations with accompanying live Q&A chat rooms. Luna chaired the whole conference, whilst Jessie co-presented alongside fellow Centre members Veronica Heney and Nicole Miglio, a PhD student the Centre had the pleasure of hosting last year.
The BSP were so keen on the theme that it has formed the basis of their essay prize this year!
Congratulations to Luna, Jessie, Veronica and Nicole!