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Upcoming Meeting:

Theme: Phenomenology and the Social World 

Where: St. Louis University - St. Louis, MO

When: May 23-25, 2014

We welcome works that feature phenomenology in all scholarly disciplines. In addition to presentations employing phenomenology in single fields, we are interested in works highlighting phenomenological interdisciplinarity.  The conference theme, “Phenomenology and the Social World,” is construed broadly. It includes, but is not limited to, theoretical and applied expositions of the social world understood phenomenologically.  The social world may be approached as a relational phenomenon, created, sustained and changed by virtue of 1) interpersonal relationships, 2) intersubjectivity, 3) institutional practices, and/or 4) as trajectories of historical and cultural influences.  The social world may also be approached as it is constituted psychologically, communicatively, economically and/or from the standpoint of other disciplines.  Conditions of discursive power as they bear upon the social world and problematize epistemological projects are also welcome.

Keynote Speakers and Husserliana Session:


Lee SmithBattle - Recovering the Social Worlds of Teen Mothers

  • Abstract: Teen mothering is considered a major social problem in the U.S.  The vast research on this issue is framed by an objective gaze that deworlds and disembodies the teen mother.  I draw on the phenomenological thought of Heidegger, Charles Taylor, Gadamer and others in my research on early childbearing, and will describe how the major ontological assumptions from this tradition create a clearing for recovering the social world. Bringing visibility to the social world, as revealed in teen mothers’ everyday meanings, practices and habits, has implications for improving clinical practice and policy.

  • Biography: Lee SmithBattle, RN, PhD, is a Professor of Nursing at the School of Nursing at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has conducted numerous interpretive studies on teenage childbearing and has followed one cohort of teen mothers, their parents, and mothers’ children for 21 years. She draws heavily on interpretive methods for problematizing many of the assumptions about teen mothers, and is widely published. Her studies have been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the American Nurses’ Foundation, and Sigma Theta Tau International.  She teaches doctoral courses on knowledge development, qualitative research, and an advanced methods course on interpretive phenomenology.  She and colleagues are currently pilot testing an innovative support group intervention to improve teen mothers’ mental health. She is a board member of the Teen Pregnancy and Prevention Partnership (TPPP), a Missouri organization, and serves on the Research Advisory Committee for Nurses for Newborns.

Gail Weiss - De-Naturalizing the Natural Attitude: A Husserlian Legacy to Social Phenomenology

  • Abstract: An interesting feature of Husserl's description of the natural attitude in Ideas I, is that it is really not natural at all, at least not insofar as that word is traditionally used. Rather than being innate or given from birth, the natural standpoint is clearly developed by an individual over time, in and through her social interactions and cultural experiences. As Husserl observes, the "value-characteristics" and "practical characteristics" that are presented to us through the natural attitude are applied "not only in the case of 'the mere physical things,' but also in the case of humans and brute animals belonging to my surroundings. They are my 'friends' or 'enemies,' my 'servants' or 'superiors,' 'strangers' or 'relatives,' etc.” (Husserl Ideas I 1982: 53)  In this presentation, drawing on the work of Frantz Fanon as well as contemporary critical race theorists, I explore how these value-characteristics that we immediately associate with other people so powerfully (and often negatively) inform and influence our daily interactions with them.  I argue that their “naturalness,” on Husserl’s account, seems to be primarily a matter of their largely unthematized status in our daily experience, rather than being due to anything “natural” about these others themselves.  That is, we usually attribute these value-characteristics to people without reflecting on the fact that we are doing so, much less questioning whether or not they are truly accurate and/or justified.  The natural attitude, then, is clearly socially and culturally constructed; it can therefore be more accurately described as a “naturalized” phenomenon that appears to be natural though it is always subject to change.  Indeed, the process of thematizing the social presuppositions underlying both our own and others’ “natural” attitudes, using the phenomenological method, is precisely the means of transforming these “natural” attitudes over time.  This latter project, I maintain, marks a crucial contribution that Husserl’s concept of the natural attitude, and phenomenology more generally, can make to the critical analyses of the social world provided by contemporary race theory, feminist philosophy, and disability studies.

  • Biography: Gail Weiss is Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy and Human Sciences at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C..  She is the author of Refiguring the Ordinary (Indiana U. Press, 2008) and Body Images: Embodiment as Intercorporeality (Routledge 1999), the editor of Intertwinings: Interdisciplinary Encounters with Merleau-Ponty(SUNY 2008) and co-editor (with Debra Bergoffen) of the Summer 2011 Special Issue of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy on “The Ethics of Embodiment,” Vol. 26.3.  She is also the co-editor of three anthologies: Feminist Interpretations of Maurice Merleau-Ponty (Penn State Press 2006), Thinking the Limits of the Body (SUNY 2003) and Perspectives on Embodiment: The Intersections of Nature and Culture (Routledge 1999).  Her publications include journal articles and book chapters that employ a feminist phenomenological methodology to fundamental issues concerning human embodiment.

Husserliana Session: The Kaizo Texts

  • Description: Sam Cooks (University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse), Phil Buckley (McGill), and Tom Nenon (Memphis) in three 20-minute segments will discuss Husserl’s Kaizo lectures that involve a phenomenological analysis of culture and values. Tom Nenon is one of the editors of the lectures in the Husserliana series.



Archive of Past Meetings:


Shirlington Library - 2011


Brock University - 2010


Ramapo College - 2009