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Engaging the Contemporary 2016: Philosophy, Literature and Education

Phenomenology and Speculative Realism

Thursday 17 November 2016

KSU Tipico Careers Common Room, University House, University of Malta

Keynote Speaker: Professor Alison Assiter (University of the West of England) 


Day Programme can be found here.

Booklet of Abstracts can be found here.

Engaging the Contemporary is an annual seminar that encourages participation from postgraduates and academics from different departments and backgrounds. The focus of this year’s seminar will be Phenomenology and Speculative Realism. This seminar presents an opportunity to challenge and be challenged by work done in these fields, and to support postgraduate work that draws upon their ideas.

In the history of western philosophy, Phenomenology (together with its variations) ranks as one of the traditions that has contributed to some of the most interesting insights into the resolution of philosophical issues. The relatively newer phenomenon of Speculative Realism (again, with its variations) provides a challenge to the claims of phenomenology as well as offering an alternative to contemporary philosophy in general.

To this end, a day seminar will be held at the University of Malta, where MA students, doctoral students and academics will present papers on a range of themes concerning Phenomenology and/or Speculative Realism, some of which might include: 

 • The Phenomenological Tradition (Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Schutz, Zahavi)

Speculative Realism (Meillassoux, Grant, Harman, Malabou, Gratton, Bogost, Bryant, Brassier)

• Correlationism and its Critique

• The End of Phenomenology? The PhenomenologySpeculative Realism Debate

• New Materialism

Speculative RealismPhenomenology and their relation to other Disciplines (Literature, Physics, Biology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Mathematics)

Speculative Realism and its Relationship to Analytic and/or Continental Philosophy

• Feminism and Phenomenology and/or Speculative Realism 

Speakers are to send their paper by Friday 11 NovemberThe seminar organising team can be contacted by email

The keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Alison Assiter (University of the West of England). Her talk is titled "Kant, the Noumenal and Realism".

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