Towards a Phenomenology of a Social Change

                List of participants



Raphael Aybar is former professor of Philosophy at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and Peruvian University of Applied Sciences. Mag. and Bch. in Philosophy at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. He is a current student of The Middle European interdisciplinary master programme in Cognitive Science (MEi: CogSci). His areas of interest are: phenomenology and cognition, otherness, Levinas philosophy.

Mikhail Belousov is Associate Professor at Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration as well as Associate Professor at Faculty of Philosophy, Russian State University for the Humanities. His research areas include classical and contemporary German phenomenology, German idealism, transcendental philosophy, ontology. His articles appeared in Logos, Horizon. Studies in Phenomenology, Annual for Phenomenological Philosophy and other journals.

Jan Bierhanzl has studied philosophy at Charles University in Prague and made a doctorate en cotutelle in France. Now he teaches at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University and has a position of researcher at the Philosophical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He specialises in the contemporary French philosophy, ethics, political philosophy and aesthetics. His main publications include La rupture du sens. Corps, langage et non-sens dans la pensée de la signifiance éthique d’Emmanuel Levinas (Paris, Mimesis, 2014) and Bierhanzl, J. - Foletti, I.: Je ne suis pas fou. La création comme relation à l'autre (Lyon, Chronique Sociale, 2010).

Irene Breuer holds both a degree in Architecture (1988) and in Philosophy (2003) from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the Bergische University Wuppertal with a thesis on „space“ at Aristotle and Husserl in 2012. Her research focus is set on: ancient philosophy, classical German and French phenomenology, aesthetics, architectural theory and design. Between 1991 and 2002 she worked in architecture and lectured at the Universities of Buenos Aires and Belgrano, Argentina. From 2012 to mid 2017 she taught at the University of Wuppertal, in 2012 „history and theory of architecture“ and thereafter „theoretical philosophy and phenomenology“. Presently, she is working on a research project on exile and the cultural transfer between Germany and Latin America during the 2nd world war.

Carlos Bernardo Caycedo is a Ph.D. Researcher at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Amsterdam. His research explores new forms of political engagement related to the Internet (in particular, whistleblowing, hacktivism, and radical open access initiatives). Bernardo is part of the project Transformations of Civil Disobedience: Democratization, Globalization, Digitalization. He is a member of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), and the Amsterdam Center for Globalization Studies (ACGS). Bernardo specializes on theories of civil disobedience, critical theory, and phenomenology. His most recent publication is: Basu, N. & Caycedo, C. B. (2018) “A Radical Reframing of Civil Disobedience: ‘Illegal’ Migration and Whistleblowing” in: Peeren, E., Celikates, R., de Kloet, J., Poell, Th. (Eds.) Global Cultures of Contestation Mobility, Sustainability, Aesthetics & Connectivity. Palgrave Macmillan: Switzerland. 

Antonio Cimino obtained his PhD in philosophy from the University of Pisa, Italy. He is an alumnus of the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy) and a former Humboldt research fellow. He conducted research in Pisa (IT), Tübingen, Freiburg im Breisgau, Wuppertal (DE) and Fribourg (CH). His main fields of research are the history of contemporary European thought and the reception of ancient philosophy in modern and contemporary thought. 

Jan Černý has M.A. degree in Czech and Latin Philologies, M.A. degree in Protestant Theology and Ph.D. degree in Philosophy. His specialization is in phenomenology, political philosophy and Czech philosophy. He works at Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences and teaches philosophy at the Charles University, Faculty of Protestant Theology. His articles appeared in Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy - Revue de la philosophie française et de langue française, Revue International Michel Henry, and in several collective monographs. 

Eran Dorfman is a Professor of Literature at the University of Tel Aviv. He studied philosophy in France and he specializes in phenomenology, psychoanalysis and theory of everydayness. His main publications includeRéapprendre à voir le monde: Merleau-Ponty face au miroir lacanien (Phaenomenologica series, Dordrecht: Springer, 2007) and Foundations of the Everyday, Shock, Deferral, Repetition (Rowman and Littlefield, London, 2014).

Douglas Giles is currently Associate Fellow at the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. He researches the role of recognition norms in bigotry and oppression by blending phenomenology and critical theory.

Martin Huth works as a Senior Scientist in the Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, at the University of Vienna. His scientific work is mainly focused on phenomenology and human-animal-relations. His articles appeared in Phainomena, Labyrinth and several collective volumes. 

Petr Kouba is a Senior Researcher at the Philosophical Institute of The Czech Academy of Sciences. He specializes in phenomenology, philosophy of sociality, philosophy of Enlightenment and philosophy of medicine. His most recent publications include Margins of Phenomenology (Nordhausen: Verlag Traggot Bautz, 2016), The Phenomenon of Mental Disorder. Perspectives of Heidegger's Thought in Psychopathology (Springer: Contributions to Phenomenology, 2015), Exodus bez Mojžíše. Romská migrace jako politický problém (Prague: Filosofia, Parva Philosophica 22, 2014). 

Alice Koubová is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences and lecturer at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She focuses on performance philosophy, expressivity, post-phenomenology, corporeality, and ethics. She directs the international project Philosophy in Experiment and is the core convener of Performance Philosophy Association, Soundcheck Philosophie and The International Platform for Performer Training. She has published Self-Identity and Powerlessness (Brill), and other books and articles on phenomenology, contemporary philosophy and arts. She also authored performances straddling the borders of philosophy and theatre. She was awarded Libellus Primus Price (2008) and Otto Wichterle Award (2014).

James Mensch is Professor of Philosophy at Charles University in Prague.  His main areas of research are phenomenology and its contemporary social and political applications.  He is the author of twelve books, the most recent being Patočka’s Asubjective Phenomenology: Toward a New Concept of Human (Königshausen & Neumann, 2016) and Levinas’ Existential Analytic, A Commentary on Totality and Infinity, (Northwestern University Press, 2015). 

Tyler Perkins graduated from The New School for Social Research in 2017. His current research interests include the compatibility of phenomenology and forms of naturalism, phenomenological sociology, and media. 

Vít Pokorný graduated from philosophy at the Philosophical Faculty of the Charles University, Prague and gained his PhD in general anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities at the same university. Currently, he is affiliated with Philosophical Institute of Czech Academy of Sciences, and with the Philosophical Faculty of University of J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem, CR. He publishes in philosophy, anthropology and psychedelic studies. His main research interests involve post-phenomenology, postmodernity, cognitive anthropology, psychedelic science and ecologickal thinking. In his work, he crossed disciplinary boundaries in an attempt to formulate a complex transdisciplinary perspective. 

Martin Ritter is Lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, and Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His main areas of teaching and research are phenomenology, critical theory and 19th and 20th Century European philosophy. He focuses on Jan Patočka’s phenomenology and is a leading Czech expert on Walter Benjamin´s thinking. He edited and translated three volumes of Selected Writings of Walter Benjamin and took part in editing Jan Patočka´s Collected Works. He translated other significant philosophical books into Czech including those written by Theodor Adorno, Homi Bhabha, Richart Rorty or Slavoj Žižek. His latest publications include “Patočka’s Care of the Soul Reconsidered: Performing the Soul Through Movement”, Human Studies, 40(2), 2017, 233–247; or “Towards a Non-Eurocentric Analysis of the World Crisis: Reconsidering Patočka’s Approach”, Research in Phenomenology, 47(3), 2017, 388–405. 

Miri Rozmarin is Associate Professor in the Gender studies Program at Bar-Ilan university, Israel. Her publications concern a range of topics in feminist social and political philosophy and contemporary post-liberal ethics. Her first book Creating oneself. Agency, Desire and Feminist Transformations (Peter Lang, 2011) provides an account of agency as a socio-political dynamic of self-creation. Her second book, Vulnerable Futures, Transformative Pasts. On Vulnerability, Temporality and Ethics was published a few months ago. It aims to rethink vulnerability as part of political subjectivity. 

Emre Şan is Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne) at the philosophy department of the University of Istanbul 29 Mayis and co-director of the phenomenology research project of Philosophical Society of Turkey. His main areas of research interest are Phenomenology and political philosophy. He is the recipient of the 2015 Cardinal Mercier Prize from the Institut Supérieur de Philosophie of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. His main publications: La transcendance comme problème phénoménologique: Lecture de Merleau-Ponty et Patočka. Préface de Renaud Barbaras, Paris, Mimesis, 2012; Merleau-Ponty, Say Editions, Istanbul, 2015; “De quelle manière la  ψυχή est-elle tout ce qui est ?” in Jan Patočka lecteur d’Aristote: phénoménologie, ontologie, cosmologie, Paris, Cercle Herméneutique, 2015; “La Transformation de l’Idée de Phénomène: de la donation à la promesse”, Revue Philosophique de Louvain, vol 114 issue 2/2016. “Democracy and the experience of crisis” Ethos Dialogues in Philosophy and Social Sciences, Issue 8 (2) July 2015 

Gústav Adolf Bergmann Sigurbjörnsson is a Ph.D. student at the University of Iceland. His academic work is focused on Husserlian phenomenology, phenomenology of the social world, empathy, intersubjectivity, social epistemology, feminist theory.

Agatha Anna Slupek is a doctoral student in political theory at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are in feminist theory, critical social theory, Marxism, the political economy of advanced industrial societies, and the rhetorical dimensions of political discourse. She is currently a Doctoral Exchange Fellow at Sciences Po – Paris.

 Beata Stawarska is a Professor pf Philosophy at the University of Oregon. Her primary research interests revolve around problems of sociality, embodiment, gender, and language. She approaches these questions by drawing on a number of philosophical traditions (phenomenology, structuralism and post-structuralism, feminism, the dialogical tradition), and seeks to combine reflective and empirical approaches whenever possible. She especially engages contemporary authors such as Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Beauvoir, Buber and Levinas, J. L. Austin, Derrida, Bourdieu, Kristeva, Irigaray, Butler, and most recently, the philosophy of language by Ferdinand de Saussure. She has published Saussure's Philosophy of Language as Phenomenology. Undoing the Doctrine of the Course in General Linguistics, (Oxford UP, 2015) and Between You and I: Dialogical Phenomenology(Ohio UP, 2009). 

Gerhard Thonhauser is a Erwin Schrödinger Fellow of the Austrian Science Fund at Free University of Berlin. He holds a PhD in philosophy and MAs in philosophy and political science from the University of Vienna. He was the recipient of a DOC-fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and is an DAAD-Alumnus. He specializes in Phenomenology, Existential Philosophy, Social Ontology, and Philosophy of Emotions. He is the author of Ein rätselhaftes Zeichen. Zum Verhältnis von Martin Heidegger und Søren Kierkegaard (2016) and Über das Konzept der Zeitlichkeit bei Søren Kierkegaard mit ständigem Hinblick auf Martin Heidegger (2011), editor of Perspektiven mit Heidegger. Zugänge – Pfade – Anknüpfungen, and co-editor of From Conventionalism to Social Authenticity. Heidegger’s Anyone and Contemporary Social Theory (2017).

Petr Urban is a philosopher and translator based at the Czech Academy of Sciences (Institute of Philosophy) where he leads the Department of Contemporary Continental Philosophy. His expertise lies in the areas of phenomenological philosophy and care ethics. He is author or editor of The Birth of Phenomenology (2010 in German), Phenomenology of the Body (2011 in Czech), The Early Husserl and the Philosophy of Language (2013 in Czech) and How do We Understand Others? (2016 in Czech).

Galit Wellner, is Assistant Professor at the NB School of Design Haifa, Israel. She is also Adjunct Professor at Tel Aviv University. Galit studies digital technologies and their inter-relations with humans. She is an active member of the Postphenomenology Community that studies philosophy of technology. She published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her book A Postphenomenological Inquiry of Cellphones: Genealogies, Meanings and Becoming was published in 2015 in Lexington Books. She translated to Hebrew Don Ihde’s book Postphenomenology and Technoscience (Resling 2016). Galit was a guest editor in Techné twice, in 2014 for a double issue on “Driving while Celling” and in 2015 with Lars Botin and Kathrin Otrell-Cass on “Techno-Anthropology.”

Çiğdem Yazıcı received her Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2010 at the University of Memphis in US, with a critical thesis on Heidegger’s account of historical people. She is currently working as an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Üsküdar University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her research and teaching areas consist mostly of the areas of Political Philosophy, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Critical Philosophy of Race and Gender Studies.