CFS Newsletter No. 2 - 2013

CFS Newsletter No. 2 - 2013

The Center for Subjectivity Research was established in 2002 as an interdisciplinary "Center of Excellence." In the period 2002-2012 it was funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. Currently it is host to a number of externally funded research projects.


NoSP 2013
Registration is open for this year’s meeting of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology (NoSP).
The aim of NoSP is to further the dialogue and cooperation between phenomenologists in the Nordic countries, and to promote scholarship, teaching, research and publication affiliated with phenomenology. This year’s meeting will be centered on the topic of The Significance of Phenomenology.
Speakers include Giovanna Colombetti, Mirja Hartimo, Shigeru Taguchi, Nicolas de Warren, and Jonathan Webber.
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Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry III: The Nature and Sources of Historical Change
Registration is now open for the third conference on Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry. The conference brings together a wide range of distinguished scholars within the fields of medicine, psychiatry, psychology, sociology, and philosophy of mind, science, and history to discuss topics within the nature of historical change in science in general and specifically within psychiatry, the history of broad movements/structures within psychiatry, and psychiatric disorders.
The conference is free of charge for Danish PhD students.
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Copenhagen Summer School 2013
Registration is now open for this year’s Summer School in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind. Among other topics this year´s Summer School will include the discussion of Perception, Place, Normality, the Self, the You, and the We.
The course will consist of a mixture of key note lectures, PhD presentations and seminars (30 hours total), aimed at advanced MA students and PhD students. Post Docs are also invited to apply. The Summer School is co-funded by the PhD programme in philosophy at the University of Copenhagen.
Speakers include Steven Galt Crowell, Sara Heinämaa, Rasmus Thybo Jensen, Jeff Malpas, Søren Overgaard, and Dan Zahavi.
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EliteForsk Award 2013
Claudia Welz receives the 2013 EliteForsk Award, with a value of DKK 1.2 million, of which DKK 200,000 is a personal award and DKK 1 million is towards research activities.
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Top 10 list over most cited philosophy journals
The journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, whose co-editor in chief is Dan Zahavi, figures on the top 10 list over most cited philosophy journals.


John Andrew Michael from 1 February 2013 as a post.doc.
The aim of John's present research is to conceptualize the role of embodied responses that are engaged in social interaction, integrating them within a hierarchical framework based on the assumption that higher-level cognitive processes are likely to have been shaped by the need to exploit, monitor, coordinate, and compensate for lower-level embodied responses engaged in interactions in order to anticipate and respond to other agents’ sophisticated, fine-grained behavior in a way that is increasingly sensitive to their mental states and to the context. Two applications of this approach are: (a) to develop a causal theory of the reference of intentional concepts, based on the idea that some embodied responses in early social development (e.g. mimicry, gaze following, and emotional contagion) can serve as reference-fixers that enable children to track others’ intentional states, and thus, to refer to those states, thereby providing a fundament for the development of mental concepts. (b) applying this framework to the phenomenon of empathy, based upon the conjecture that affective responses count as empathic whenever they are used by the empathizer as sources of knowledge about the target person’s state.

Joona Henrik Taipale from 1 February 2013 as a post.doc.
Joona Taipale just started his 2-year postdoc project at the Center. Joona’s current research project focuses on the origin, context and limits of empathy. More precisely, on the one hand it investigates the different forms of pre-empathic presence of others and elaborates the role(s) of bodily affectivity in the emergence of empathy, whereas on the other hand it attempts to highlight the limits of empathy both by discussing problems of ego-centricity and by clarifying the sense in which a shared intersubjective background figures as a necessary condition for empathy and interpersonal understanding. Besides phenomenology, Joona has also been interested in issues discussed in developmental psychology and psychoanalysis, and these will also play a role in his research project.


Marek Pokropski, University of Warsaw, Poland (04.02.2013-30.06.2013)



11th Annual Meeting of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology – 18-20 April 2013
Deadline for registration 12 April 2013
Keynote speakers: Giovanna Colombetti, Mirja Hartimo, Shigeru Taguchi, Nicolas de Warren and Jonathan Webber.
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Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry III: The Nature and Sources of Historical Change – 9-11 May 2013
Deadline for registration 9 April 2013
Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry III: The Nature and Sources of Historical Change.
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Phenomenology of empathy
29-31 May 2013
Confirmed speakers include Vittorio Gallese, Sara Heinämaa, Jean-Francois Lavigne, Peter Rosan, Helena De Preester, Dermot Moran, Søren Overgaard, Matthew Ratcliffe, Matthias Schlossberger and Dan Zahavi.
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Copenhagen Summer School in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind 2013 – 12-16 August 2013.
Deadline for registration 10 May 2013
Speakers include: Steven Galt Crowell, Sara Heinämaa, Jeff Malpas, Søren Overgaard, and Dan Zahavi.
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CFS Lecture by Smail Rapic: "Husserl's account of the temporal self-constitution of subjectivity on the background of German Idealism."
9 April 2013
Lecture by Smail Rapic, Philosophisches Seminar, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany.
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CFS Lecture by Mattia Gallotti: "Social interaction, shared intentionality and the we-mode"
10 April 2013
Lecture by Mattia Gallotti, Jean Nicod Institute, Paris, France.
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CFS Lecture by Hong Yu Wong: "Embodiment in Individual and Joint Action"
15 April 2013
Lecture by Hong Yu Wong, PhD, Philosophy of Neuroscience, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Germany.
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CFS Workshop "Measures of Agency"
16 April 2013
Speakers include Martin Voss, Hong Yu Wong, Morten Overgaard, Mark Schram Christensen, and Thor Grünbaum.
Registration is required.
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Grünbaum, T.: "Seeing what I am doing." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 86/2, 2013, 295-318.

Parnas, J., Sass, L.A., Zahavi, D.: "Rediscovering Psychopathology: The Epistemology and Phenomenology of the Psychiatric Object." Schizophrenia Bulletin 39/2, 2013, 270-277.

Welz, C.: "Den tabte tro – negativitetens sår i post-Holocaust teologi.” Præsteforeningens Blad 103, 2013, 70-74, 90-95.

Zahavi, D.: "Mindedness, mindlessness and first-person authority." In J.K. Schear (ed.): Mind, Reason and Being-in-the-world: The McDowell-Dreyfus Debate. London/New York: Routledge, 2013, 320-343.

Zahavi, D., Overgaard, S.: "Intersubjectivity." In H. LaFollette et al. (eds.): The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, 2755-2765.

Overgaard, S.: "Fænomenologien og den anden." In B. Schiermer (ed.): Fænomenologi: Teorier og metoder. København: Hans Reitzels Forlag, 2013, 75-93.

Welz, C.: “At give stemme til det usynlige: Overvejelser over bønnens sprog.” Dansk Teologisk Tidsskrift 75/4, 2012, 254-274.

Alsmith, A.: "The concept of a structural affordance." Avant 3/2, 2012.

Zahavi, D.: "Hið margslungna sjálf: Sjónarhorn reynslu og fræða." Hugur 24, 2012, 175-195.

Overgaard, S.: "Other People." In D. Zahavi (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology. Oxford. Oxford University Press, 2012, 460-479.

Zahavi, D.: "Il senso della fenomenologia: una riflessione metodologica." In C. Di Martino (ed.): Attualità della fenomenologia. Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino Editore, 2012, 25-48.

Parnas, J., Møller, P., Kircher, T., Thalbitzer, J., Jansson, L., Handest, P., Zahavi, D.: "EASE: Évaluation des Anomalies de l'Expérience de Soi." L'Encéphale 38 (supplement 3), 2012, 121-145.

Welz, C.: "Gudbilledlighed, synd og relationel ontologi: Kierkegaard og Luther.” In N.H. Gregersen (ed.): Lutherbilleder i dansk teologi 1800-2000. Copenhagen: Anis, 2012, 105-121.

Welz, C.: "Review of: Jan-Olav Henriksen: Finitude and Theological Anthropology: An Interdisciplinary Exploration into Theological Dimensions of Finitude." Teologisk Tidsskrift 1/4, 2012, 453-456. 

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