Call: Phenomenology and Virtuality Conference

Call for Abstracts

Phenomenology and Virtuality Conference
29-30 May 2017, KU Leuven, Belgium

Deadline: 31st January 2017

What is virtuality? How do we experience it? What is its relation to perception and imagination? What is its status with regard to the real and irreal, actual and possible, present and absent? Can we give a phenomenological account of virtuality? Finally, how are present-day virtual technologies changing not only our daily lives, but perhaps even the ways we think and behave? It is such questions that this two-day international conference on Phenomenology and Virtuality seeks to address. This call for abstracts is therefore interested in any work that seeks to give a phenomenological account of virtuality, and/or apply a phenomenological account to a contemporary issue or technology (e.g. virtual technologies such as social media and online gaming). Indeed, particular attention will be paid to abstracts that try to situate a concept of virtuality within the works of classical phenomenologists (viz. Husserl to Merleau-Ponty), as well as those that seek to contrast a phenomenological concept of virtuality with another theory, or apply such a concept to a contemporary issue or technology. Phenomenological accounts that also result in normative claims––i.e. the possible benefits and dangers of rising virtual technologies––would also be welcome.

A 300-500 word abstract should be submitted no later than 31st January 2017 to phenomenologyandvirtuality@gmail.com. Decisions of acceptance will be communicated on 15th February. Please direct any questions regarding this conference to this email address.

The conference will be held at the Husserl Archives, KU Leuven, Belgium.

The conference language is English.

The organising committee: Professor N. de Warren and Dr D. O’Shiel.

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