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May 26-27: Phenomenology and Existentialism in the Social Sciences

The aim of this PhD course is to familiarize students with some of the topics, themes and methods associated with existential-phenomenological thought, and to explore ways in which this tradition may advance PhD students in their own research and writing. Focus will be on extending ideas from this tradition into the social sciences, especially anthropology and psychology.

Time

26.05.2014 kl. 09.30 - 27.05.2014 kl. 17.00

Description

Lecturers: Professor Michael Jackson, Harvard University Associate Professor Sven Hroar Klempe Associate Professor Sebastien Tutenges

Registration to  - deadline May 12 (deadline for sending in papers is May 5)

The aim of this PhD course is to familiarize students with some of the topics, themes and methods associated with existential-phenomenological thought, and to explore ways in which this tradition may advance PhD students in their own research and writing. Focus will be on extending ideas from this tradition into the social sciences, especially anthropology and psychology. Key concepts include the epoché, lifeworld, intersubjectivity, being-in-the world (Dasein), narrativity, language and experience and emotions.

A special focus in the course is on the existential-phenomenological thinking of Professor Michael Jackson from Harvard University. Jackson is one of the leading anthropologists of today and has inspired researchers from across the social sciences including psychologists. Based on ethnographic fieldworks in Sierra Leone, Australia and New Zealand, and drawing on the works of Hannah Arendt, Jean-Paul Sartre, John Dewey and William James, Jackson has developed an existential-phenomenological theory which is grounded in the dynamics of everyday life.

Another special focus in the course is on Søren Kierkegaard’s approach to existentialism and phenomenology, which will be introduced and discussed by the Kierkegaard expert Associate Professor Sven Hroar Klempe, author of the new book Kierkegaard and the Rise of Modern Psychology. Klempe has also published widely on the history of psychology, music, aesthetics and epistemology.

Beginning with a general overview of the work of Jackson, the course provides in-depth introductions to phenomenology and existentialism, as well as giving students the opportunity to get feedback on their own research projects. The course requires no prior knowledge of phenomenology, existentialism or the work of Jackson, and it speaks to a broad spectrum of students, including anthropologists, criminologists, ethnologists, psychologists and sociologists.

By the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • identify and describe key concepts and debates in contemporary existential-phenomenological research;
  • assess the strengths and limitations of different traditions in existentialism and phenomenology;
  • apply existential and phenomenological theory in their own research projects.

Lecturers

Professor Michael Jackson, Harvard University.

Associate Professor Sven Hroar Klempe, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Associate Professor Sébastien Tutenges, Aarhus University.

Organizers

Professor Brady Wagoner, AAU

PhD Student Sanna Schliewe, AAU

Associate Professor Sébastien Tutenges, Aarhus University.

ECTS

2.

Requirements

Participation in the course yields 2 ECTS (suggested – check with your own institution) and participants will be granted a certificate by the end of the course. In order to obtain the 2 ECTS, participants are required to do the following:

  1. Read the course literature.
  2. Submit a 1-2 page paper based on the participants own research projects. We encourage students to use the course literature in their paper. The papers will be distributed to all participants beforehand, and participants should read each others’ papers before the course commences since these will form the basis of the discussions during the course.
  3. Participate in discussions and group tasks.

Readings

Bromberg, P. (2006) Awakening the Dreamer: Clinical Journeys. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytical Press.

Jackson, M. (1996) ‘Introduction: Phenomenology, radical empiricism and anthropological critique’, in Michael Jackson (ed.) Things as they are: New Directions in Phenomenological Anthropology, pp. 1-50. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Jackson, M. (2013) ‘Preamble’, in Michael Jackson The Wherewithal of Life: Ethics, Migration and the Question of Wellbeing, pp. 1-13. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Jackson, M. (2013) ‘Postscript’, in Michael Jackson The Wherewithal of Life: Ethics, Migration and the Question of Wellbeing, pp. 197-225. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Montaigne, M. d. (1948) 'On the Inconstancy of our Actions' in Michel de Montaigne The Essays of Montaigne New York: Modern Library.

Klempe, S. H. (2012). Psychology - Tensions between Objectivity and Subjectivity. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. volum 46 (3).

Klempe, S. H. (2013). Kierkegaard and Psychology as the Science of the "Multifarious Life". Integrative Psychological and Behavioural Science. volum 47 (3).

Sharpless, B.A. (2013). Kierkegaard’s concept of psychology. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 33, 90-106.

Program

May 26 -Phenomenology

9:30-10:00 Brady Wagoner

Welcome: Introducing the course and the participants

10:00-12:00 Sébastien Tutenges

(breaks when needed) Michael Jackson’s Existential-Phenomenological Project

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-15:00 Michael Jackson

(breaks when needed) Life and Concept

15:00-17:00 Paper presentations by students

(breaks when needed) Discussant: Michael Jackson

19:00 Dinner followed by informal get-together

May 27 - Existentialism

9.00-12.00 Sven Hroar Klempe

(breaks when needed) Kierkegaard’s existentialism and phenomenology – similarities and differences.

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-15:00 Michael Jackson

(breaks when needed) Mobility, Migrant Imaginaries and Multiple Selves.

15.00-16:30 Paper presentations by students

(breaks when needed) Discussants: Michael Jackson and Sven Hroar Klempe

16:30-17:00 Wrapping up – Brady Wagoner

Price

DKK 1000 / 134 Euros (Payment by invoice). There is no registration fee for PhD-students enrolled under the HCCI-programme, AAU

Address

Kroghstræde 3, room 2.130

Registration Deadline

12.05.2014 kl. 12.00

Register at

hannepc@hum.aau.dk

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