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CFP Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology & announcement of Critical Phenomenology RIG

Dear UO Philosophy Community,

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new project taking shape within our own department. Puncta is a new, open-access, peer-reviewed philosophical journal seeking submissions for its inaugural issue “Critical Times” for intended publication in October 2017. It is our belief that phenomenology is not a mere descriptive practice, but an enactment of critique, that is, an ongoing process of revealing and interrogating the concrete conditions, institutions, and assumptions that structure lived experience, phenomenological inquiry, and thinking. We invite submissions that engage the critical turn of phenomenology via analyses of socio-political phenomena, reflections on the limits and challenges of phenomenological inquiry, or by attending to the history of philosophy, either through its silences or its canonical figures.

Critical phenomenology aims to open up a more focused area of discourse that the works of those such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, and, more recently, Lisa Guenther, Sara Ahmed, Alia Al-Saji, and Mariana Ortega have opened up through their commitments to an engaged phenomenology. We invite scholars to draw both on classical and contemporary phenomenology in order to join our efforts of broadening the scope and import of phenomenological research.

Please see the CFP for our inaugural issue and direct all inquiries to We invite you to take a look at our website:

We want to take the opportunity to additionally announce that we have been officially recognized as a RIG, and invite anyone who has an interest in critical and applied phenomenology to please get in touch. Whether you have an interest in working on the journal, or would like to be a part of a reading group concentrating on issues in contemporary phenomenology, we invite you to join and help shape the Critical Phenomenology RIG.


The Editors and Co-founders of Puncta

Martina Ferrari, Devin Fitzpatrick, Shannon Hayes, Sarah McLay, Kaja Rathe, and Amie Zimmer

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