Image, Phenomenon, and Imagination in Religious Experience

Biennial Congress

Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4, 2018

Hosting: The Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, and the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

Conference Director: Martin Nitsche



Phenomenology in Dialogue: Religious Experience and the Lifeworld

Friday, January 26 to Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hosting: Jesuit School of Theology,  Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

Keynote speakers

Michael Barber, Saint Louis University

Tanya Luhrman, Stanford University

Marc Jean-Bernard, University of Puerto Rico

Conference Director Olga Louchakova-Schwartz


Nov 4-5, 2016 First International Conference in the Phenomenology of Religious Experience



Hosting: Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute and the Graduate Theological Union

Friday, November 4, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, November 5, 2016 (All day)

Phenomenology of Religious Experience is the topic of a conference in philosophy of religion that will be held on November 4-5, 2016, at the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkeley (a GTU Affiliate). The conference is divided into two main sections: theologies and philosophies of religious experience, and the descriptive psychology and phenomenological method, with examples and case studies (in people and texts).

In the first section we welcome all those valuable contributions that focus on the relationship between phenomenology and metaphysics. These contributions can come from philosophical perspective as well as from the traditional religious scholarship, but the speakers are asked to self-identify their stance. In particular, we will be interested in reading papers that examine the existential status of the religious experience. The recent writings in philosophy of religion indicate that there is question if religious experience actually exist (e.g.constructivist perspectives such as e.g. Penner, or recent debates in cognitive science of religion). Besides, we welcome contributions on the views on religious experience in the work of Husserl, Heidegger, Walther, Hering, Stein, Henry, Levinas, Marion, Conrad-Martius, Ricoeur, and other phenomenological philosophers.

The second section is focused on descriptive phenomenological psychology. In this section we would like to read papers that discuss how phenomenology can increase our actual knowledge of religious experience. In this section we will be expanding from philosophy to phenomenological psychology, mysticism, and psychology of religion. In particular, we would welcome papers that develop two directions of inquiries: the phenomenological method through which it is possible to pursue the study of religious experience and the descriptive phenomenology of experience itself, which has been pitifully insufficiently pursued. The papers will be considered for further publication in De Gruyter Open Access topical issue.

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