Phenomenology Roundtable

18th Annual Phenomenology Roundtable Meeting

The 18th Annual Meeting of the Phenomenology Roundtable will take place in San Antonio, TX, Thursday, May 31st through Saturday, June 2nd, on the campus of St. Mary’s University hosted Eric Chelstrom and Melissa Mosko. We’re looking forward to having all y’all down to Texas.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s invited participant will be Mariana Ortega (Penn State University)

Members, please make your Intention to Present known to Eric by Friday, March 2nd

Returning or New non-member Participants, please submit your paper drafts – works in progress are welcome –  by March 30th to be considered for participation. Please read our Mission Statement ( before submitting to ensure this is a conference that will be helpful to your own progress.

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2017 Meeting Schedule

17th Annual Meeting of the Phenomenology Roundtable

June 1-3, 2017     San Jose State University


THURSDAY  University Library 225
1:30-2:00 Registration
2:00-2:15 Welcome and History
2:15-2:45 Task of Phenomenology Today
3:00-3:55 Session 1: Carolyn Cusick “Epistemic Injustice, Objectification, and Mistreating Bodies as Sources of Information”
4:05-5:00 Session 2: Doug Ficek “The Idol of Whiteness Must Fall: An Essay on Racial Transvaluation”
6:30 Dinner near campus: Gordon Biersch Brewery, 33 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113
FRIDAY Faculty Offices 104
8:45-9:14 Breakfast
9:15-10:10 Session 3: Desiree Melonas “Bag Lady, You Gone Hurt Your Back”: An Existential-Phenomenological Account of Women and Bag-Carrying as Narrated Through Erykah Badu”
10:20-11:15 Session 4: Alejandro Arango “Other Minds and Social Identities”
11:25-12:20 Session 5: Tom Meagher “Creolized Reflection”
2:00-2:55 Session 6: Mikias Wondyfraw “Theorizing Irreducible Epistemic Oppression and Minimizing Reducible Oppression”
3:05-4:00 Session 7: Carlos Sanchez “Aspects of a Phenomenology of Brutality”
4:25-5:30 Session 8: Keynote Peter Hadreas “Husserl and the Phenomenology of Racism”
7:00pm Dinner hosted by Carlos at Karin Brown’s
SATURDAY Faculty Offices 104
9:10-9:29 Breakfast
9:30-10:25 Session 9: Eric Chelstrom “Horizon Intentionality and Implicit Bias”
10:35-11:30 Session 10: Shoni Rancher “The Political Relevance of Kierkegaardian Humor in Portilla’s fenomenologia del relajo”
11:55-12:50 Session 11: Jacki Alvarez “Sexuality as Visible Identity”
1:00-1:30 Business Meeting


17th Annual Phenomenology Roundtable

The 17th Annual Meeting of the Phenomenology Roundtable will take place in San Jose, CA Thursday, June 1st through Saturday, June 3rd on the campus of San Jose State University hosted Carlos Sanchez and Carolyn Cusick. I hope y’all are excited about coming back to Cali, and this time closer to the San Francisco Bay.

Members, please make your Intention to Present known to Carolyn by March 2nd

Returning or New non-member Participants, please submit your paper drafts – works in progress are welcome –  by April 6th to be considered for participation. Please read our Mission Statement ( before submitting to ensure this is a conference that will be helpful to your own progress.

Submit via email to

2015 Meeting Schedule

15th Annual Meeting of the Phenomenology Roundtable

May 22-24, 2015

California State University Fresno

Kremen Education Building, Room 140

1:30-2:00 Registration
2:00-2:15 Welcome and History
2:15-2:45 Task of Phenomenology Today
3:00-3:50 Session 1: Mike Monahan “Sociogeny and the ‘Dangerous Gap: Sylvia Wynter’s Decolonial Humanism”
4:00-4:50 Session 2: Stephen Haymes “Towards an Africana Eco-Phenomenology”
6:30? Dinner at Brahma Bull
8:40-8:59 Breakfast
9:00-9:50 Session 3: Melissa “Decriminalizing Sex Work”
10:00-10:50 Session 4: Connor McMahon “The Limitations of Boundless Instinctual Gratification”
11:00-11:50 Session 5: Terry Winant “TBD”
11:51-1:29 Lunch
1:30-2:20 Session 6: Shu Qu “Das Ding: The Grain I Desire
2:30-3:59 Keynote Session: Ted Toadvine “Speculative Realism and the End of the World”
4:00-4:15 Break
4:16-5:06 Session 8: Erica Barton-Mueller “Restoring Experiences of the ‘Morbid World’: A Situated and Particular Phenomenology of Madness”
7:00pm Dinner at Carolyn’s Place
9:10-9:29 Breakfast
9:30-10:20 Session 9: Carlos Sanchez “ Ortega y Gasset’s Existentialist Critique of Husserl’s Transcendental Phenomenology”
10:30-11:20 Session 10: Jasmina Tacheva “Reconquering Polynarrative and Plurality”
11:21-11:44 Break
11:45-12:35 Session 11: Brandon Absher “Speaking Out of Turn: Elements of a Phenomenology of Dissent”
12:45-1:35 Session 12: Tanya Loughead “What is Maturity?”
1:45-2:15 Business Meeting

Roundtable 2015 – Fresno State University

Hope everyone is making plans for the next Roundtable. And I hope the weather stays under the 90s.

Check back here soon for a program.

2014 Phenomenology Roundtable Program @ Canisius College

Phenomenology Roundtable

 Sponsored by:

Canisius College Department of Philosophy and

The Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J. Chair in Ethics

 Canisius College

2001 Main St.

Buffalo, NY 14208


All sessions held in Winter Student Center, Regis North Room

Thursday, June 12

11:30-12:00 pm            

Registration, Introductions and Welcome

12:00-1:00 pm               

Carolyn Cusick, Fresno State

Listening, Tolerance, and Hospitality

 1:00-2:00 pm                 

Abigail Levin, Niagara University

Infertility and Phenomenology

 2:00-3:00 pm            

Thomas Abrams and Deniz Guvenc, Carleton University (Ontario)

 Accounting for Disability in the Phenomenological Life-world

 3:00-4:00 pm                 

Brandon Absher, D’Youville College

 Speaking Authentically: Communication in an age of information overload

 4:00-5:00 pm                

 Zhasmina Tacheva, Canisius College/University at Buffalo

Critical Phenomenology as a Form of Resistance against the Loss of Intersubjectivity in Late Capitalism

 Friday, June 13

 8:30-9:00 am                 

Coffee, Tea and Refreshments

 9:00-10:00 am               

Christopher Culp, University at Buffalo

Memory, Music, and a Phenomenological Theory of Intertextuality: Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia

 10:00-11:00 am             

James Currie, University at Buffalo

Daniel Barenboim’s ‘Phenomenology of Sound’: Existential Performance Practice and the Musical Stakes of    the Political

11:00-12:00 pm             

Erik Garrett, Duquesne University

Starting Reflections on a Phenomenology of Urban Spaces

 1:00-2:00 pm                 

Mike Gutierrez and Elana Maloul, Loyola University Chicago

Husserl’s Phenomenology of Substruction: the ‘Missing Link’ Between Temporality and Historicality

 2:00-3:00 pm                 

Velimir Stojkovski, Marquette University

The Politics of Recognition and International Relations: The Conflict between Macedonia and Greece

 3:00-4:00 pm                 

Chelsea Binnie, Duquesne University

A Phenomenological Investigation of Becoming: Au Bout du Petit Matin

 4:00-5:30 pm                 

Invited Participant: Jackie Martinez, Arizona State

Mundanely Radical Accountability: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Merleau-Ponty’s Communicology

Saturday, June 14

Coffee, Tea and Refereshments available at 9:00 am

9:00-10:00 am                

Devonya Havis, Canisius College

Hearing Auditory Identities

10:00-11:00 am              

James B. Haile, Dickinson College

My Being Deconstructs: Reflections on Thomas Slaughter’s ‘Epidermalizing the World’ 40 Years Later

 11:00-12:00 am              

Jen Jones, Duquesne University

Existential Meeting of Horizons: Toward a Theory of Existential Leadership

 12:00-1:00 pm               

Tanya Loughead, Canisius College

Critical University


Special Thanks to Dr. Richard Wall, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lisa Fischer, Executive Associate to Richard Wall, Laura Zirnheld, Administrative Associate for the Department of Philosophy, Dr. Claire Kovacs, Assistant Professor of Art History, Zhasmina Tacheva and our various local hosts.


Save the Date!

The 2014 Meeting of the Phenomenology Roundtable will be held June 12-14 at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. Your local hosts are Melissa Mosko ( and David Leichter (

Our invited presenter is Dr. Jackie Martinez of Arizona State University. You can find more information about Dr. Martinez here.

Important Dates:

Intent to present Due: April 11th

Notification of Acceptance: April 30th

Papers Due: May 30th

Email the coordinators at the addresses above, or at

Welcome to the Phenomenology Roundtable website!

UPDATE: The 2013 Conference Schedule may be downloaded HERE


The Phenomenology Roundtable announces its 13th annual meeting, to take place at Loyola University Chicago, May 19-21, 2013.

This year we are happy to have both Lisa Guenther and Lewis Gordon joining us.  Dr. Guenther will be discussing “A Phenomenology of Prison Education,”  while Dr. Gordon’s talk will center around “Phenomenology and the Decolonization of Normative Life.”

We invite papers that deal with issues, theoretical and praxiological, from a phenomenological perspective. Also, as the Roundtable is a “working group,” we ask that papers are “works-in-progress.”

As usual, depending on how many participants we have, we plan to dedicate between 45 minutes and 1 hour for each presenter. Since we distribute our papers beforehand, we ask that participants plan not to read their papers during their time-slots. Instead, we ask that participants spend no more than 15 minutes outlining their projects and directing the Roundtable to the points that they would like us to explore. This will leave the majority of our time open for meaningful discussion.

Notification of intent to present: Friday, March 22, 2013

Notification of acceptance: Monday, April 8, 2013

Papers due: Monday, May 6, 2013

Please send your notification of intent to present and your paper to

The fees for this year’s Roundtable are: $30 for students and $60 for faculty.