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  • Jennifer Burns posted an article
    "Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric" is currently canvassing interest for 2-3 special issues see more

    "Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric" is currently canvassing interest for 2 to 3 special issues, to be edited by guest-editors, with the journal editors' assistance, to be published in the journal. The procedure to follow to apply are explained in detail here: The editors of the journal, Christine Straehle ( and Miriam Ronzoni (miriam.ronzoni@manchester), are also happy to answer questions. "Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric" ( is a peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal which publishes original research in international political theory, with special emphasis on global justice. Whilst nearly all the work we publish is primarily special-issue based, special issues are sometimes edited by the journal editors, or solicited. We are currently interested in reviewing guest-edited special issues on themes pertinent to the journals aims and scope, which can be found here:

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    Virtual graduate student symposium and open access publication. Deadline: July 31. see more

    Call for Contributions

    Canadian Settler Colonialism: Reliving the Past, Opening New Paths

    Graduate Student Symposium and Open Access Publication

    To take place virtually – October 14, 2022

    Projects to be submitted by July 31, 2022


    The questions. What does contemporary settler colonialism look like in Canada, and what reconciliatory and decolonial strategies exist to resist and counter its effects? What historical processes, what policies have led to the current moment, and how are these processes and policies present today under new guises?

    The context. Canada is a long-established settler colonial nation state; and yet very few Canadians understand what this means historically or for present-day reconciliatory and decolonial efforts. we could characterize settler colonial Canada as a nation state structured to exploit, marginalize, and assimilate Indigenous peoples (Green 1995), and to exterminate Indigenous specific populations, resource use, inherent rights, and overall livelihoods (Coulthard 2014). Decolonization is the dismantling of any (imperial or settler) colonial inequities and the resurgence of Indigenous-centred political, legal, and social constructs. Increasingly, critiques of Canada’s decolonial and reconciliatory frameworks demonstrate inadequacies in these attempts. Much of this is because settler colonialism is insidious, difficult to detect and dismantle, and relatively under-studied in Canada. Additionally, reconciliation and decolonization jeopardize the very survival of the settler colonial enterprise, which is premised on the elimination of Indigenous peoples (or, at a minimum, Indigenous difference). This project therefore focuses on responses from Indigenous peoples, racialized minorities, and settlers to understand in order to dismantle the insidious nature of oppression unique to settler colonialism.

    The project. This call for contributions aims to collect contributions toward a collective effort to chart how the history of settler colonialism is carried and lived in the present, and what acts of resistance and resurgence are being undertaken to unmake it. Combining academic disciplines and lived experience, its result will be an Open Educational Resource, free of use, made available online to everyone without registration through the University of Regina Open Textbooks program (

    This collection, focusing primarily on settler colonialism in Canada (with some comparative examples from other western settler states), will be a timely contribution to the fields of Indigenous studies, race studies, Canadian politics, and settler colonial studies. We have structured the wider project around three general perspectives: Indigenous Peoples, Multicultural/Racialized Settlers, and Settlers of European background. While the collection will focus on Canada as a settler state, we acknowledge and will recognize that borders are imposed and porous and that the territories, places, and personal and collective trajectories affected by settler colonialism are not contained in “Canada.”

    The call. Potential contributors are asked to provide a proposal, of a maximum of one page, including:

    ·  Name, affiliation(s) (including national affiliation if Indigenous), and contact information;

    ·  Provisional title;

    ·  Outline and overview of what their contribution would be;

    ·  Methodology and genre of writing;

    ·  Short biography and explanation of what makes them the right person to provide this contribution.

    We encourage creative responses and, to this end, suggest a word count of 2,500-4,000 words.

    However, we are very flexible on length and genre, and entries such as a sequence of poems are also of interest to us. Since this is an online resource, video and sound contributions are also possible. The style can be academic, but it can also be personal, anchored in your own insights, experiences, and community perspectives. The intent ought to be pedagogical, since the resource is meant as a supplementary introduction / textbook for settler colonial studies.

    This call is primarily meant for graduate students. Senior undergraduate students as well as non-students with a desire to continue or take up their studies at the graduate level are warmly encouraged to submit.

    Languages. We encourage the inclusion of concepts and passages in Indigenous languages, and ask that the English equivalent be included (it will be added as notes). Les propositions en français pourront également être acceptées et publiées, but activities will take place in English.

    Funding. Acceptance of the projected contributions will come with a bursary of $500 (Canadian dollars). Depending on the quality of proposals and availability of funds, more contributions may be invited without a bursary.

    Expectations. This is a collective project and not simply an individual contribution! Proposals will be selected based on to following criteria:

    ·  Complementarity with other projects toward a cohesive online resource;

    ·  Strong, grounded/localized perspective;

    ·  Engagement with Indigenous scholars’ work as well as, where relevant, central contributions to the literature;

    ·  Engagement with anti-colonial, decolonial, and anti-racist scholarship;

    ·  Diversity of perspectives brought into the symposium and volume by the range of selected participants.

    Participants will be expected to:

    ·  Be present, or watch recordings of, four public virtual talks in June 2022 focusing on the experiences of settler colonialism in Treaty Four territory and the broader context of the Prairies;

    ·  Be present, and participate as audience members, in a day of workshops which will take place in Regina on September 24, 2022 – either in person or virtually – and if possible two virtual workshops on September 30 and October 7;

    ·  Present a paper at a virtual Student Symposium on October 14, 2022 (date to be confirmed);

    ·  Prepare their paper for publication in an Open Access Publication by December 1, 2022, and answer editor queries and suggestions for publication to happen in Winter 2023;

    ·  Attend to accessibility in their contribution, with the help of the editors.

    The editors. Emily Grafton, a member of the Métis nation, grew up in Treaty 1 and currently lives with her family in Treaty 4. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (University of Winnipeg), a Master of Public Administration (University of Manitoba), and a PhD in Native Studies (University of Manitoba). As a researcher and educator, her work concerns critical discourse analysis of settler colonialism, gender and feminist theories, and the politics of reconciliation and the state. Emily has held senior positions in politics (provincial, municipal, and Indigenous) and administrative roles with post-secondary institutions. She is currently an Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Regina. 

    Jérôme Melançon, a settler of European/French Canadian descent, grew up in great part within the Québécois provincial settler state, lived for over a decade on Treaty 6 territory, and lives with his family in Treaty 4. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa and a PhD in political and legal sciences (political philosophy option) from what is now Université Paris Cité. He publishes in the fields of political phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty, Tran Duc Thao); Canadian politics (Francophone communities; settler colonialism, reconciliation and decolonization); and poetry (with three books and two chapbooks so far). He is currently an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Intercultural Studies at La Cité universitaire francophone, and adjunct professor of philosophy, at the University of Regina.

    David B MacDonald is a mixed race Indo-Trinidadian and Scottish settler from Treaty 4 territory and a professor of political science at the University of Guelph, ON. He has a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He worked previously for the Canadian TRC and is the author of numerous works on Indigenous-Settler relations, ethnic and racial diversity, genocide studies, and foreign policy formulation. His focus is primarily on CANZUS states, namely Canada, Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and USA. Publications include The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation (University of Toronto Press, 2019). His work is funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant: “Complex Sovereignties: Theory and Practice of Indigenous-Self Determination in Settler States and the International System” (430413). 

    Graduate student assistants will also be hired to be a part of the editorial team.

    Dates and Communication

    Submissions must be received by July 31, 2022 to be considered. We encourage advance discussion of the topic to verify coherence (although we may be slow to respond).

    Please send all queries and submissions to Dr. Jérôme Melançon (

    This project has the support of:

    Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) · First Nations University of Canada · Gabriel Dumont Institute · mâmawêyatitân centre · University of Regina Indigenous Advisory Circle · University of Regina (Office of Indigenous Engagement; Reconciliation Action Committee; Faculty of Arts; La Cité universitaire francophone; Community Engagement & Research Centre; Humanities Research Institute; OER Publishing Program; University of Regina Press) · “Nurturing Warriors: Understanding Mental Wellness and Health Risk Behaviours among Young Indigenous Men” research project.

    Public virtual talks

    The sessions will run virtually from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on the following dates
    and will subsequently be available for viewing:

    June 7, “The Treaty Relationship,” by Annie Battiste, Treaty Commission of Saskatchewan 

    June 9, “The Trial, the Treaty, and the Terror: The Battleford Hangings and the Rise of the Settler State,” by Dr. James Daschuk, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Regina 

    June 13, “A Celebration of Life”, Langan Goforth, Knowledge Keeper, Peepeekisis First Nation 

    June 14, “Belonging to the land, Connecting to the language: a story of reclaiming what is ours,” by Dr. Melanie Brice, Faculty of Education, University of Regina

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    Submissions relating to the work of Deleuze & Guattari are invited. see more



    Virtual Art Exhibition:

    “Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and Cosmic Art”




    “If there is a modern age, it is, of course, the age of the cosmic.”

    (Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus)


    Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) and Félix Guattari (1930-1992) are among the few contemporary thinkers who incorporate cosmological questioning into their philosophy, thus renewing an old and partly lost way of seeing philosophy's task. They redefine traditional transcendent cosmologies, which speculate on the laws of organization and ontological superiority of heavens, in favour of an immanent experience of the world and the universe, which makes of the geodynamic and “cosmic” Earth an object of philosophical investigation.

    This redefinition is inspired by scientists (Mandelbrot, Prigogine, etc.), philosophers (Nietzsche, Whitehead, Bergson, etc.), and artists. Among the most prominent artists who announced the development of Deleuze and Guattari’s c(ha)osmological thinking are Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky’s cosmic pictural and theoretical themes, James Joyce and Witold Gombrowicz’s cosmic literary awareness, and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s cosmic music. The objective of this exhibition is to explore the multifaceted aspects of the “cosmic” in Deleuze and Guattari’s through the work of contemporary visual and musical artists. The exhibition will reflect the new interpretations of contemporary art as grasped by artists through the concepts of Deleuze and Guattari's c(ha)osmological theory. It shall provide consistency to the “cosmic” that Deleuze and Guattari consider characteristic for modern art.

    This exhibition is intended to favour dialogue among artists, art lovers, art historians, Deleuze scholars, scientists, as well as amateur astronomers. It will gather visual art works (painting, sculpture, drawing, cinema/video, multimedia) and musical works from local, national, international and Deleuze-inspired artists, and/or art works reflecting the topics, including works from Aboriginal/Indigenous artists. It will be complemented with an open access booklet which will include commentaries and excerpts from Deleuze and Guattari’s work. 

    The exhibition was initially envisaged to be presented in an art gallery, but the pandemic inspired us to make it virtual. Pending on the health crisis situation, it might later be turned into a traveling exhibition presented in various cities, art galleries, or other venues such as Science North (Sudbury, Canada), Alvernia's Miller Gallery (USA) and/or Galerie Antoine-Sirois (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada).

    Artists are kindly invited to send by email a high definition photos or video of their visual art works, or digital musical recordings, and/or a web link to their work, along with a short description (title, year of composition, etc.) that should be accompanied by an explanatory note of their work and how it relates with the work of Deleuze & Guattari.

    Art works that fits this open call will be posted in a special section of our research’s webpage ‹›. There is no formal deadline. The idea is to build a catalogue of contemporary art works inspired by Deleuze and Guattari’s conception of the cosmic, or art works that connect implicitly with Deleuze and Guattari’s sense of cosmicity. This catalogue is meant to remain incomplete, just like the uni/multi-verse itself which is eternally in the midst of its own composition…

    Research team:
    Dr. Janae Sholtz (Philosophy, Alvernia University, USA)
    Dr. Gennady Chitov (Institut quantique, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada)
    Dr. Ubi Wichoski (Snolab, Canada)
    Dr. Alain Beaulieu (Laurentian University, Canada)
    Martin Boucher - Research coordinator (Human Studies & Interdisciplinarity, Laurentian Uni., Canada)

    This virtual exhibition is part of a research project entitled “Gilles Deleuze and Cosmology” funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), housed at Laurentian University, and developed in partnership with Alvernia University as well as Université de Sherbrooke.


     March 03, 2022
  • Jennifer Burns posted an article
    Open Theology invites submissions for a topical issue edited by Martin Koci (University of Vienna). see more


    for a topical issue of Open Theology

    After the Theological Turn: Essays in (New) Continental Philosophical Theology


    “Open Theology” ( invites submissions for the topical issue “After the Theological Turn: Essays in (New) Continental Philosophical Theology”, edited by Martin Koci (University of Vienna).





    This topical issue aims to explore, interrogate and reflect on the ways in which contemporary continental philosophy, and phenomenology in particular, unfolds and advances the development of philosophical theology. What does it mean to practice theology after the philosophical return to religion? During the last few decades, the renewal of theology has been much discussed in light of philosophical lectures that have revisited fundamental Christian concepts. However, the debate seems to be stuck on rather formal questions about whether the theological turn happened or not, whether it has been a legitimate or illegitimate development, and whether theology and philosophy can benefit at all from reconsidering their disciplinary borders. Moreover, from the theological perspective, crucial issues continue to be unresolved: What should the proper propaedeutic framework for theological work be in a secular context? How to formulate theologically valid as well as contextually plausible truth-claims? What kind of grammar should be employed in theology to create not only rational but also credible discourse? The working hypothesis behind this thematic issue is that philosophical—in particular phenomenological—engagement with theological concepts transforms the fundamental theological practice, revisits its rigor, and provides the possibility of developing an intelligible grammar for articulating normative theological claims. 

         We invite scholars in theology and continental philosophy of religion to address the following questions: Is phenomenology a suitable ancilla theologiae to provide theologians with sufficient philosophical grammar? Is it possible to develop, after the demise of metaphysics, a phenomenological theology? How does theology look after Marion, Henry, Chrétien, Lacoste, Falque et al.? Does theology benefit from philosophical reconsiderations of fundamental Christian concepts such as Revelation, the Incarnation, the Resurrection, etc.? The nerve and, at the same time, novelty of raising the question about after the theological turn is a critical application of explicit theological perspectives to thus test both the potential of and limits to philosophical reconsiderations of the theological for formulating plausible as well as credible theology.


    Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:

    – transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,

    – free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.


    Because "Open Theology" is published under an Open Access model, as a rule, publication costs should be covered by Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. 

    Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk ( before submitting their manuscripts. 



    Submissions will be collected by from September 1 to October 31, 2021, via the on-line submission system at

    Choose as article type: “After the Theological Turn”

    Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at:


    All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.


    Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Martin Koci at In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at


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     March 09, 2021
  • Cecile Facal posted an article
    La revue bilingue Dialogue sollicite actuellement la soumission d’articles en français. see more

    La revue bilingue Dialogue, affiliée à l’Association canadienne de philosophie (ACP), sollicite actuellement la soumission d’articles en français.

    Établie depuis 1962 et financée par le Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada (CRSH), Dialogue est une revue scientifique généraliste qui satisfait aux meilleurs standards 
    académiques et est publiée par Cambridge University Press. Elle compte 3 numéros par année et offre des délais de publication accélérés une fois les articles évalués et acceptés.

    Dialogue souscrit par ailleurs à la politique Green Open Access de Cambridge University Press, qui permet la diffusion de certaines versions des articles publiés sur plusieurs plateformes, et vise rendre ses modes de publication compatibles avec les exigences de libre accès maintenant imposées par de nombreux organismes.

    Les manuscrits peuvent être soumis en ligne sur la plate-forme ScholarOne à l’adresse suivante:
    Plus d’information sur la soumission des articles est disponible sur le site web de l’Association canadienne de philosophie :

    Pour informations, écrivez à

    Aude Bandini
    Professeur adjointe
    Université de Montréal
    Rédactrice francophone de Dialogue

    Cécile Facal
    Assistante à la rédaction francophone
    Dialogue. Revue canadienne de philosophie

     March 18, 2021
  • Jennifer Burns posted an article
    Culture and Dialogue provides a forum for researchers from philosophy as well as other disciplines. see more




    Culture and Dialogue provides a forum for researchers from philosophy as well as other disciplines who study cultural formations dialogically, through comparative analysis, or within the tradition of hermeneutics. For each issue, the Journal seeks to bring manuscripts together with a common denominator. Our second 2021 Issue (Vol. 9.2) will focus on the theme of French Thought in Dialogue.

    This Issue welcomes contributions from any areas of French philosophy or theory of culture that explore in one way or another one of the following topics: 

    • Dialogical or intercultural experience 
    • French thought and otherness, which may relate to one or more particular cultural perspectives (Eastern, African, Western, Indian etc.) 
    • Philosophical reflection on specific aspects of French thought (anthropological, social, religious, political, psychological, scientific etc.) 
    • Critique of the idea of French thought from across the traditions of interpretive and analytic philosophies 


    Essays from a variety of cultural perspectives or philosophical traditions are particularly welcome. 

    We will consider essays in English, French, or bilingual translations. 

    Submissions to: admin[at] 

    Notes for Authors: 


    Deadline: 1 May 2021



     December 08, 2020
  • Jennifer Burns posted an article
    This year's Congress has been cancelled. Let's not let that hard work and scholarship go to waste. see more


    Turn your CPA Presentation into a submission to Dialogue

    This year's Canadian Philosophical Association conference has been cancelled and many are disappointed at the loss of this opportunity for philosophical exchange. Let's not let that hard work and scholarship go to waste.


    Submit to Dialogue
    As the official publication of the CPA, Dialogue invites congress participants to submit individual papers or symposia for publication in the journal if they are selected in anonymized peer-review processes. (This is separate from the public CPA Proceedings online, which will not be peer-reviewed.)

    Students welcome
    Graduate students are also encouraged to submit their work – there will be a graduate section in one of Dialogue’s upcoming issues.
    How to submit
    Submit your individual article through ScholarOne and select “Special Issue: CPA 2020” as the manuscript type. Symposia and round tables can be submitted the same way, but should be clearly identified as such. If you want to discuss how your symposium, round table, or panel event can be turned into a publication project, e-mail us here: for English language symposia or for French language and bilingual projects.
    Help the philosophical community to thrive
    To help out with this process, we are reaching out to community members: we need referees for individual papers as well as groups of symposia papers. Please send us an email indicating your willingness to serve in this way. Please include your name, institution, area of expertise, and the languages in which you are comfortable to review. Your help is MUCH appreciated.
    Nancy Salay, Dialogue’s anglophone editor
    Aude Bandini, Dialogue’s francophone editor


    Transformez votre présentation au Congrès de l’ACP en soumission à Dialogue

    L’annulation du congrès annuel de l’Association canadienne de philosophie a été source de déception pour plusieurs membres de notre communauté. Ne laissons pas se perdre les initiatives et le travail déjà entrepris pour la préparation de cet événement, et donnons une chance au dialogue et à l’échange des idées de se poursuivre par d’autres moyens.
    Soumettez votre projet à Dialogue
    En tant que publication officielle de l’ACP, Dialogue invite les participants au congrès à soumettre leur présentations, individuelles ou collectives, pour publication dans la revue si leurs textes sont sélectionnés au terme du processus habituel d’évaluation à l’aveugle. (Cette invitation ne doit pas être confondue avec la publication en ligne des actes du congrès de l’ACP, qui ne sera pas évalué par les pairs.)
    Étudiants bienvenus
    Les étudiants des cycles supérieurs sont encouragés à soumettre leur travail. Une section leur sera dédiée dans l’un des prochains numéros de Dialogue.

    Comment procéder
    Soumettez votre article individuel via la plate-forme ScholarOne et indiquez « Special Issue: CPA 2020 » comme type de manuscrit. Les projets collectifs peuvent être soumis de la même façon, mais devraient être clairement identifiés en tant qu’ensembles d’articles. Écrivez-nous pour discuter de la meilleure façon de transformer votre colloque, table ronde ou disputatio autour d’un ouvrage en projet de publication :
    Aidez la communauté philosophique à s’épanouir

    Nous aurons besoin de volontaires pour nous aider à évaluer les contributions proposées, y compris des projets collectifs. Veuillez nous écrire pour manifester votre intérêt en indiquant votre nom, l’institution où vous œuvrez, votre domaine d’expertise ainsi que les langues que vous maîtrisez. Votre aide nous sera TRÈS précieuse.

    Pour toute soumission d’article, vous pourriez courir la chance de gagner un exemplaire dédicacé du premier volume des œuvres complètes d’Aude Bandini (« Les pingouins ont-ils des genoux ? Réflexions en temps de confinement et autres propos de table »)
    Nancy Salay, rédactrice anglophone, Dialogue
    Aude Bandini, rédactrice francophone, Dialogue



  • Jennifer Burns posted an article
    tba is an annual peer-reviewed journal organized by graduate students in Visual Arts at UWO. see more

    tba is an annual peer-reviewed journal organized by graduate students of the Visual Arts Department at Western University in London, Ontario. It provides an interdisciplinary forum for emerging and independent artists and scholars by bringing together studio, art history, cultural studies, theory, criticism and related fields. It welcomes experimentation and risk.
    Our times are fragmented: relationships are broken, connections are complicated, politics is divisive, and generations cannot communicate. Things are shifting, exploding, or splitting.  We simultaneously access the whole world but may only hear that which reinforces our own beliefs. Are we more keenly aware of these things because of social media and the world wide web?
    We invite exploration of ideas around “splinter.” By definition, “splinter” is a noun describing a thing that pierces and disrupts, or is a verb that conveys the action of shattering. A splinter is also a fragment of a larger object, or a foreign body that penetrates or is purposely injected, and becomes lodged. 
    Give us your thoughtful investigations, your careful evaluations, your creative assessment of the work of the “splinter.”
    Topics can include, but are not limited to:
    • Divided communities/generations
    • Contentious interactions
    • Social media/online communities
    • Colonial and postcolonial structures
    • Complex borders and nationhood
    • Protest and social activism
    • Disability and issues of accessibility
    • The body and the bodily sensations
    • Posthuman visions
    Deadline extended to  Friday, May 8th 2020.
     April 14, 2020
  • Jennifer Burns posted an article
    Open Theology invites submissions for the topical issue "Phenomenology of Religious Experience". see more


    for a topical issue of Open Theology

    Phenomenology of Religious Experience IV: Religious Experience and Description (second call)




    Edited by:

    Olga Louchakova-Schwartz (UC Davis and Jesuit School of Theology)

    James Nelson (University of Valparaiso)

    Aaron Preston (University of Valparaiso)



    "Open Theology" ( invites submissions for the topical issue "Phenomenology of Religious Experience IV: Religious Experience and Description", prepared in collaboration with the Society for the  Phenomenology of Religious Experience (

    This topical issue will illumine possibilities and difficulties arising in the description of religious experience.  Does religious experience harbor concealed empirical and phenomenological complexity, and how do we address complexity in a focused description which aims at revealing the essence of experience? We invite an interplay between pragmatics of describing religious experience, philosophical and theological issues involved in creation of description, and theoretical models of how religious and spiritual experience may be described.  We will accept papers dedicated to description of perception, imagination, body-awareness, recollection, social cognition, self-experience, temporality etc. in the context of religious experience. How does phenomenological description of religious experience
    translate into ecology, history, or natural science? What are cultural influences in the description of religious experience? The papers should provide not just the description of experience per se, but an analysis of the process or outcome of description and reflection on what description of religious experience per se entails.  Such reflections must employ phenomenological philosophy, such as e.g. in the work of Anthony Steinbockor Jean-Luc Marion, but can also draw on contemporary dialogues between phenomenological philosophy and other philosophical and theological traditions, such as we see in the work of researchers like Espen Dahl, Matthew Ratcliffe, Dan Zahavi, Stanley Cavell, or Evan Thompson, to name a few.

    Tentative themes:

    I. Creating Descriptions of Religious Experience

      *   How does one actually describe religious experience? What difficulties and delights are in this process? How do we clarify such descriptions?

      *   How does the process/outcome of describing religious experience differ from of ordinary experience?

      *   How does one approach the negative (absences) and the positive (presences) in these descriptions?

      *   How does description capture embodied, affective, and metaphysical aspects of experience?

      *   What are the relationships between the description and the essence of religious experience. What determines experience as religious, or spiritual, and gives it a unique character, intelligible to others?

      *   How do the questions of otherness or strangeness play out in description and understanding a description of religious and spiritual experience?

      *   Who can understand a description of religious experience? Academic researchers?  Religious practitioners or authorities?  Informed consumers? Contemporaries or successors?

      *   Can religious and spiritual experience be described by means of natural language, or does it require some kind of special language? Do neologisms clarify or do they obfuscate religious experiences?

      *   What are the functions of language in description of religious or spiritual experience?

      *   How does historicity impact a description of religious experience?

      *   What are the communicological virtues in description of religious experience?

      *   What are the relationships between the description and the phenomena "in excess"?

      *   What are the purposes of description of religious experience, and how intentions in communication already presuppose the structure of description of religious experience we find in texts?

    II. Models for Descriptions of Religious and Spiritual Experience

      *   How do phenomenological theories and frameworks influence description of religious experience? For example, would a description intended to serve as a ground of phenomenological analyses along the lines of Husserl's phenomenology be identical with a description of experience in the phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion or non-intentional phenomenology of Michel Henry?  Or can such a description reflect a "view from nowhere"?

      *   What role do religious beliefs play in religious experience, and can phenomenology provide a clarification of religious presuppositions?

      *   How, and to what extent, can disciplines other than phenomenology (e.g. psychology, psychiatry, neurology, anthropology, theology) provide person-level descriptions of phenomenological relevance?

      *   How can the phenomenological description of religious experience change existing models and theoretical assumptions in other fields of knowledge or in phenomenology itself? For instance, can empirical findings in religious experiencing refine and improve classical phenomenological analyses?

      *   Can religious experience be subjected to constitutive phenomenological analysis, and can a phenomenological account of any given aspect of religiosity provide an accurate or adequate description of religious phenomena? How do claims to presuppositionlessness affect such accounts?

      *   How does the question of authority play out in first person description and the analysis of second person description in texts? What ethical limitations exist in descriptions or discussions of religious
    experience from either a first or second-person standpoint?

      *   Can common-sense metaphysics support the demands in description of religious experiencing?

    III. Description of religious experience, and ecology, environmental studies, health sciences, natural sciences, history, business studies, etc.

    Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:

    - transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,

    - efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open's e-technology,

    - free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions,

    - complementary membership in the Society for Phenomenology of Religious Experience.

    As a rule, publication costs should be covered by so called Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. To view funding opportunities to cover APC please visit

    Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk ( before submitting their manuscript.



    Submissions will be collected by March 31, 2020, via the on-line submission system at

    Choose as article type: "Topical Issue Article: Phenomenology of Religious Experience IV".

    Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at:

    All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.

    Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Olga Louchakova-Schwartz at

    In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at



     October 04, 2019
  • Jennifer Burns posted an article
    Open Philosophy seeks edited volumes for consideration as future topical issues of the journal. see more

    Open Philosophy journal ( invites groups of researchers, conference organizers and individual scholars to submit their proposals of edited volumes to be considered as topical issues of the journal for 2020.


    Proposals will be collected by October 31, 2019.


    To submit your proposal please contact Dr Katarzyna Tempczyk at


    Open Philosophy is an international Open Access, peer-reviewed academic journal covering all areas of philosophy. The objective of Open Philosophy is to foster free exchange of ideas and provide an appropriate platform for presenting, discussing and disseminating new concepts, current trends, theoretical developments and research findings related to the broadest philosophical spectrum. The journal does not favour any particular philosophical school, perspective or methodology.


    Our past topical issues included:


    * The New Metaphysics: Analytic/Continental Crossovers (ed. Jon Cogburn and Paul Livingston)

    * Objects Across the Traditions (ed. Tom Sparrow)


    2019 (in progress):

    * Does Public Art Have to Be Bad Art? (ed. Mark Kingwell)

    * Computer Modeling in Philosophy (ed. Patrick Grim)

    * Object-Oriented Ontology and Its Critics (ed. Graham Harman)

    * Experience in a New Key (ed. Dorthe Jorgensen)

     September 05, 2019