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The Phenomenology of Affect - ACU - Online - 6-7 Dec

ACUThe Phenomenology of Affect

International E-Conference hosted by the School of Philosophy, Australian Catholic University


Conference dates: Monday/Tuesday 6-7 December, 2021.

Abstract Submission deadline: Monday 1 November

Call for Papers: Please submit a 300 word abstract prior to 1 November to Please include your name, affiliation, and paper title. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 10 November.


Conference description:

The close study of human affectivity has its roots in the very early years of the phenomenological movement in the work of the Brentano School and the Munich Phenomenological Circle, especially in the writings of figures such as Husserl, Scheler, Stein and Voigtlander. This interest was continued in the subsequent work of figures such as Heidegger, Sartre and Merleau-Ponty. If this broad research project dropped away noticeably in the post-war years, it has returned to the centre of interest over the last few decades in the so-called "affective turn" in phenomenology.

This conference looks to bring together scholars working on a broad range of areas within this field of the phenomenology of affectivity, including those that give historical readings, and those that engage with more contemporary research. In preferring the terminology of "affectivity" in preference to the "phenomenology of emotions" more specifically, the conference title signals a deliberately broad openness to a range of phenomena that include not only particular episodic emotional states, but also pervasive moods of various kinds (Stimmungen), intentional modalities, intersubjective attunements to the world (Befindlichkeiten), experiential qualities, and evaluative positionings. Framed in this way, the range of intersecting themes of research are many.


Possible Themes and Topics:

  *   The meaning and significance of empathy (and cognate "forms of sympathy" [Scheler] and compassion), as developed in the history of phenomenology (e.g., in Stein's work) or in contemporary research.

  *   The particularities of specific episodic emotions, moods, and other affective phenomena, both individually, and in relation to other adjacent or related forms.

  *   Affectivity and the "pre-intentional": the idea of an "affective allure" in which the perceptual field is bathed, which directs attention and makes possible evaluative cognition of all kinds.

  *   The mutual relation of affective and rational modes (e.g., "the rationality of the emotions" and "the emotional grounding of rationality" as R. Solomon put it).

  *   The embodied nature of affective states, including the relation between affectivity with the lived body (Leib) and the social environment, including the role of kinaesthesia (or "motor-intentionality" in perception).

  *   The intersubjective and social dimensions of affectivity, including the notion of collective affective intentionality, as well as the concept and operation of affective "atmospheres" (in Schmitz and recent work in this area).

  *   Understanding pathologies of affectivity, such as the cases of clinical depression, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, psychotic states, and sociopathies.

  *   The contributions of gender and race studies to the phenomenology of affectivity more generally.

  *   Intersections and dialogues between phenomenological and cognitive science research into affectivity, including collaborations with AI research, psychiatry and social psychology.

  *   The linkages between affectivity, values and evaluation, including the work of Husserl and early 'realist' phenomenology (Scheler, Reinach, Stein, Hildebrand) in this area, as well as more recent work on the evaluative and normative dimensions of the emotions, and links to volition and action.


Confirmed Conference Keynotes:

  *   Dermot Moran, Boston College

  *   Claude Romano, University of Paris-Sorbonne

  *   Andrew Benjamin, University of Technology Sydney/ Monash University

  *   Robyn Horner, Australian Catholic University


Dates and Location:

This conference will be held over two half days (6-7 December, 2021), via Team Events, involving presentations by scholars in Europe, United States and Australia.

This e-conference is being held immediately prior to the hybrid annual conference of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy that is being hosted by Bond University.



MSCP Courses August - November

MSCP2014MSCP Evening School Sem 2 2021

Six 12-week courses taught online August-October

The Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy is proud to present the Evening School Sem 2 2021 curriculum.  All courses are 24 hours in length.  All courses will be taught via Zoom. As always significant discounts apply for those enrolling in multiple courses. If you have any questions which aren't in our FAQs please email


When: 2 August - 28 October

Where: Online via Zoom


Mon 6:30-8:30pm Starts 2 Aug

Heidegger on Technology and Dwelling

Lecturer: Prof Andrew Benjamin


Tue 5:00-7:00pm Starts 3 Aug

Aristotelian Antics – An Introduction to the Stagirite and his Islamic and Christian heirs

Lecturer: Jon Rubin


Tue 7:30-9:30pm Starts 3 Aug

The Philosophy of Angels

Lecturer: Dr Nina Power


Wed 5:00-7:00pm Starts 4 Aug

Preparatory Fundamental Analysis of Dasein

Lecturer: Dr Mammad Aidani


Wed 7:30-9:30pm Starts 4 Aug

Schelling’s Philosophy of Mythology

Lecturer: Dr Christian Kerslake


Thu 6:30-8:30pm Starts 5 Aug

Plato’s Theory of Forms

Lecturer: Bernard Lewin 

ASCP Annual Conference 2021 - Bond - 8-10 Dec

The 2021 Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference will be held at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia 8th-10th December.

The ASCP conference provides a forum to encourage, stimulate, and promote research in continental philosophy, broadly construed, recognising, and encouraging the pluralism at the heart of the Australasian philosophical community. The conference provides a broad intellectual forum for scholars working in diverse institutions, disciplines, and areas of inquiry and encouraging productive and collegial relations between postgraduate students and professional academics and researchers. 

The conference is planned to be a hybrid model of delivery, with spaces for online presentations, and participation in-person at Bond University.

Date for abstract submissions: 31st August 2021


Please email abstracts (up to 300 words), a brief biography, and also confirm whether you intend to travel in person (please make inquiries, if required, from your institution regarding travel permissions etc. before sending in abstract), or attend online, to

Information about registration, etc will follow shortly as well as a conference website.



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