Update: K-Network Holds Summer Course in Aalborg, Denmark

Phenomenology and Existentialism in the Social Sciences
Doctoral School of the Humanities at Aalborg University

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The aim of this PhD course is to familiarize students with some of the
topics, themes and methods associated with
existential-phenomenological thought, and to explore ways in which
this tradition may advance PhD students in their own research and
writing. Focus will be on extending ideas from this tradition into the
social sciences, especially anthropology and psychology. Key concepts
include the epoché, lifeworld, intersubjectivity, being-in-the world
(Dasein), narrativity, language and experience and emotions.

A special focus in the course is on the existential-phenomenological
thinking of Professor Michael Jackson from Harvard University. Jackson
is one of the leading anthropologists of today and has inspired
researchers from across the social sciences including psychologists.
Based on ethnographic fieldworks in Sierra Leone, Australia and New
Zealand, and drawing on the works of Hannah Arendt, Jean-Paul Sartre,
John Dewey and William James, Jackson has developed an
existential-phenomenological theory which is grounded in the dynamics
of everyday life.

Another special focus in the course is on Søren Kierkegaard’s approach
to existentialism and phenomenology, which will be introduced and
discussed by the Kierkegaard expert Associate Professor Sven Hroar
Klempe, author of the new book Kierkegaard and the Rise of Modern
Psychology. Klempe has also published widely on the history of
psychology, music, aesthetics and epistemology.

Beginning with a general overview of the work of Jackson, the course
provides in-depth introductions to phenomenology and existentialism,
as well as giving students the opportunity to get feedback on their
own research projects. The course requires no prior knowledge of
phenomenology, existentialism or the work of Jackson, and it speaks to
a broad spectrum of students, including anthropologists,
criminologists, ethnologists, psychologists and sociologists.

By the end of this course, the participants will be able to:
-identify and describe key concepts and debates in contemporary
existential-phenomenological research;
-assess the strengths and limitations of different traditions in
existentialism and phenomenology;
-apply existential and phenomenological theory in their own research projects.

Lecturers

Professor Michael Jackson, Harvard University.
Associate Professor Sven Hroar Klempe, Norwegian University of Science
and Technology.
Associate Professor Sébastien Tutenges, Aarhus University.

Organizers

Professor Brady Wagoner, AAU
PhD Student Sanna Schliewe, AAU
Associate Professor Sébastien Tutenges, Aarhus University.

ECTS: 2.

Time: May 26-27, 2014.

Place: Aalborg University

Cost: 1000 DKK (134 euros)

Requirements

Participation in the course yields 2 ECTS (suggested – check with your
own institution) and participants will be granted a certificate by the
end of the course. In order to obtain the 2 ECTS, participants are
required to do the following:

Read the course literature.
Submit a 1-2 page paper based on the participants own research
projects. We encourage students to use the course literature in their
paper. The papers will be distributed to all participants beforehand,
and participants should read each others’ papers before the course
commences since these will form the basis of the discussions during
the course.
Participate in discussions and group tasks.

Program

May 26 – Phenomenology

9:30-10:00                   Brady Wagoner

Welcome: Introducing the course
and the participants

10:00-12:00                 Sébastien Tutenges

(breaks when needed) Michael Jackson’s Existential-Phenomenological Project

12:00-13:00                 Lunch

13:00-15:00                 Michael Jackson

(breaks when needed) Life and Concept

15:00-17:00                 Paper presentations by students

(breaks when needed) Discussant: Michael Jackson

19:00                           Dinner followed by informal get-together

May 27 – Existentialism

9.00-12.00                   Sven Hroar Klempe

(breaks when needed) Kierkegaard’s existentialism and phenomenology –
similarities and differences.

12:00-13:00                 Lunch

13:00-15:00                 Michael Jackson

(breaks when needed) Mobility, Migrant Imaginaries and Multiple Selves.

15.00-16:30                 Paper presentations by students

(breaks when needed) Discussants: Michael Jackson and Sven Hroar Klempe

16:30-17:00                 Wrapping up – Brady Wagoner

Readings

Bromberg, P. (2006) Awakening the Dreamer: Clinical Journeys.
Hillsdale, NJ: Analytical Press.

Jackson, M. (1996) ‘Introduction: Phenomenology, radical empiricism
and anthropological critique’, in Michael Jackson (ed.) Things as they
are: New Directions in Phenomenological Anthropology, pp. 1-50.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Jackson, M. (2013) ‘Preamble’, in Michael Jackson The Wherewithal of
Life: Ethics, Migration and the Question of Wellbeing, pp. 1-13.
Berkeley: University of California Press.

Jackson, M. (2013) ‘Postscript’, in Michael Jackson The Wherewithal of
Life: Ethics, Migration and the Question of Wellbeing, pp. 197-225.
Berkeley: University of California Press.

Montaigne, M. d. (1948) ‘On the Inconstancy of our Actions’ in Michel
de Montaigne The Essays of Montaigne New York: Modern Library.

Klempe, S. H. (2012). Psychology – Tensions between Objectivity and
Subjectivity. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. volum
46 (3).

Klempe, S. H. (2013). Kierkegaard and Psychology as the Science of the
“Multifarious Life”. Integrative Psychological and Behavioural
Science. volum 47 (3).

Sharpless, B.A. (2013). Kierkegaard’s concept of psychology. Journal
of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 33, 90-106.

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