Phenomenology and social sciences – Peace Research Institute Oslo
New tools for the field of peace and conflict studies.
Over the past 20 years, phenomenology has experienced an intellectual resurgence, both as a philosophical method and as a theoretical framework guiding interdisciplinary inquiries in fields such as psychology, anthropology, religious studies and science. sociology.
Critical phenomenology has shown that the methods and concepts developed within this tradition to analyze lived experience can be particularly useful in highlighting marginalized voices. It can reveal how power structures shape the sense of action of individual actors, as well as their own creative capacities to resist, reinterpret and remake their situations.
The workshop will explore the relevance of phenomenology and critical phenomenology for ongoing and future research at PRIO. It will highlight the ways in which social phenomena relevant to PRIO’s research have been thematized by contemporary phenomenologists, as well as the experiences of social scientists with the application of these tools in their work.
The first day will consist of presentations and discussions open to the public, the second day is a closed event to explore and discuss the relevance of phenomenology and critical phenomenology in existing and future research projects at PRIO, based on first day presentations.
Day 1: Tuesday March 15, 1:15-5:30 p.m. (CET)
Day 2: Wednesday March 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (CET) Please contact Sigurd Hovd if you wish to participate in day 2 of the workshop: [email protected]
Or: Peace Hall and online
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Program, day 1, Tuesday March 15, 1:15-5:30 p.m. (CET)
1:15-1:25 p.m.: Presentation
1:25-1:45 p.m.: Presentation by Michael Staudigl, lecturer at the University of Vienna: On the phenomenology and the phenomenon of violence
1:45-2:05 p.m.: Presentation by Lucy Osler, postdoc at the University of Copenhagen, in connection with the Center for Subjectivity Studies: The critical promise of phenomenology
2:05-2:25 p.m.: Presentation by Thomas Szanto, associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, attached to the Center for Subjectivity Studies: Phenomenology and political emotions
2:25-2:30 p.m.: SHORT BREAK
2:30-3:15 p.m.: Plenary debate with comments and questions from the audience
Moderated by: Sigurd Hovd, PhD student, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
3:15-3:30 p.m.: BREAK
3:30-3:50 p.m.: Presentation by Gunn Engelsrud, Professor Department of Sports, Food and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences: Levels of constitution of embodiment from a phenomenological point of view – the role of the body in the production of knowledge
3:50-4:10 p.m.: Presentation by Sara Christophersen, research assistant, Peace Research Institute Oslo, PRIO: Title to be confirmed
4:10-4:30 p.m.: Presentation by Eden Kinkaid, PhD student, School of Geography, Development & Environment, University of Arizona: Critical phenomenology: power to think and social difference
4:30-4:35 p.m.: SHORT BREAK
4:35-5:15 p.m.: Plenary debate with comments and questions from the audience
Moderated by Sigurd Hovd, PhD student, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
5:15-5:30 p.m.: Closing speech
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About the presenters:
Michael Staugl is a lecturer at the University of Vienna. He has written extensively on topics such as the phenomenology of violence, religiosity and sociality. He also edited the ninth edition of Studies in Contemporary Phenomenology, titled Phenomenologies of Violence. Staudigl will talk about how violence and conflict can become a subject of phenomenological investigation.
Lucy Osler is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen connected to the Center for Research on Subjectivity. She writes on topics such as embodiment, emotion and sociality, and the nature of online spaces. Osler will talk about the critical potential present in the phenomenological tradition.
Thomas Szanto is an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen linked to the Center for Research on Subjectivity. He has written on topics such as emotions, empathy, and the phenomenology of sociology. Szanto is currently leading a research project, funded by the Austrian Research Fund, on antagonistic political emotions, which will also be the subject of his presentation.
Eden Kinkaid (they/them) is a human geographer at the University of Arizona in the United States. Eden pursues various interests in human geography, including food, culture, and development; geographical theory; and creative geographies. Their work in geographic theory sits at the intersections of post-structuralist geographies, critical phenomenology, and queer/feminist theory. Eden’s work on phenomenology has been published in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Advances in Human Geographyand GeoHumanitiesand is to be published in The Encyclopedia of Phenomenology. You can follow Eden on Twitter (@queergeog).
Gunn Engelsrud holds a doctorate in pedagogy from the University of Oslo. His area of professional expertise is in pedagogy, phenomenology and qualitative research. She is an experienced teacher and student supervisor (Masters, PhD) in Health Sciences, Physical Education, Dance and Movement. His current research area is learning and teaching in higher education. Among his latest publications is: “Theorizing bodily dialogues-reflection on the production of knowledge in phenomenological research”. Theory and practice of physiotherapy 2021 10.1080/09593985.2021.1923098 and “Making time for new ideas: learning qualitative research methods in higher sports education”. Sport, education and society 2021 10.1080/13573322.2021.2014804
Sara Christopherson is a dancer, choreographer and researcher and currently works as a research assistant at PRIO. For the past 15 years, she has worked as a freelance choreographer and dancer, participating in and directing several collaborative projects in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Ethiopia. In her work, she is particularly interested in feminist methodologies, notions of solidarity and care, and collaborative processes of knowledge creation. She holds an MA in Human Geography from the University of Oslo (2020) and a BA in Dance and Choreography from Laban in London (2004).