Annual Phenomenology Symposium
The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center
Presents the 31st Annual Symposium
April 29-30, 2013
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Africa Room, Student Union
Registration is FREE and open to the public.
To register contact, email@example.com or 412.396.6038.
Over 50 years after his death, we may be still only beginning to know Merleau-Ponty's thought and its significance for the contemporary world. While historical research into Merleau-Ponty's thought is crucial, the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center's 31st Annual Symposium on "Merleau-Ponty Into the Future" will take a different approach.
We will ask not what Merleau-Ponty's thought was or even is but what it might become. Merleau-Ponty will be brought into conversation with registers such as aesthetics, psychology, ecology, geopolitics and feminism. We will explore how Merleau-Ponty's thought might flower anew in such fields, and how such registers might themselves take new directions through engagements with the possibilities opened by Merleau-Ponty's thought.
We invite you to join us for this exciting exploration.
Speakers include:Galen Johnson, University of Rhode Island
Gail Weiss, The George Washington University
Laura Doyle, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
David Abram, The Alliance for Wild Ethics
History and Mission
The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center was founded in 1980 at Duquesne University by Dr. Amedeo Giorgi and Dr. John Sallis. It was an expression of the phenomenological orientations of Duquesne University's graduate programs in philosophy and psychology. The Center proudly bears the name of Mr. Simon Silverman, who was its first major benefactor. The goal of the Center is to promote and facilitate original phenomenological research and thereby add to the corpus of literature in all disciplines, especially in continental philosophy and psychology as a human science.
The Center also serves as a campus hub for numerous intellectual activities that complement graduate programs in philosophy, psychology, theology and communication and rhetorical studies. Internationally, the Center is known for its annual sponsorship of a spring symposium and the André Schuwer Memorial Lecture Series of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP). The center's activities are to advance phenomenology in breadth and depth. All of the center's symposia acta are published.