CFS Newsletter No. 2 - 2019

CFS Newsletter No. 2 - 2019

Registration is open

The Copenhagen Summer School in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind is an annual event organized by the Center of Subjectivity Research and co-funded by the PhD School at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen.

Place: University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 134 (entrance from Emil Holms Kanal 2) Aud. 22.0.11, Copenhagen

Time: 12-16 August 2019

The Summer School will provide essential insights into central themes within the philosophy of mind, viewed from a phenomenological perspective. It will consist of a mixture of keynote lectures, PhD presentations and seminars (32 hours total), aimed at advanced MA students and PhD students. Post Docs are also encouraged to apply.

Topics: Perception, methodology, applied phenomenology, temporality, psychopathology, externalism, normativity.

Keynote Speakers:

Sara Heinämaa, University of Jyväskylä
Joel Krueger, University of Exeter
Søren Overgaard, University of Copenhagen
Mark Wrathall, University of Oxford
Dan Zahavi, University of Copenhagen & University of Oxford

ECTS: Participation in the Summer School gives 2,5 ECTS points, 4,0 if you give a talk. The PhD school at the Faculty of Humanities will provide participants with diplomas on the condition that they are present at least 80% of the time and fill in an evaluation form the last day of the summer school.

Registration  fee
Early Bird registration fee (until 3 April) is 850 DKK
Regular registration fee (from 4 April - 8 May) is 1000 DKK
The fee covers coffee, one common dinner, a reception and an excursion in Copenhagen. Register here 

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Visiting researchers

Gústav Bergmann, University of Iceland, (05.02.2019 - 30.06.2019)
Mads Dengsø, Intern, (01.02.2019 - 31.03 2019)
Thomas Netland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO (04.02.2019 - 31.05.2019)
Thomas Szanto, University of Jyväskylä, FI (01.02.2019-31.03.2019)
Chengcheng Wu, Xiamen University, CN (01.10-2018 - 31.10.2019)

See list of previous visiting researchers


4 March 2019, 14:15-16:00 
Hannah Arendt on plurality, basic activities, and different forms of the we 
CFS Lecture in Phenomenology by Sophie Loidolt, Institut für Philosophie, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.
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15 March 2019, 13:15-15:00 
Presence in the Caregiving Relationship: On Moral Subjectivity, or the Soul
CFS Lecture by Arthur Kleinman, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University.
Read more

25 March 2019, 13:15-15:00
Applied phenomenology and the epoché
CFS Lecture by James Morley, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Ramapo College of New Jersey, USA and Dan Zahavi, CFS.
Read more

All events are open and free to all. Welcome. 

New book by Simon Høffding

A Phenomenology of Musical Absorption

This book presents a detailed analysis of what it means to be absorbed in playing music. Based on interviews with one of the world’s leading classical ensembles, “The Danish String Quartet” (DSQ), it debunks the myth that experts cannot reflect while performing, but also shows that intense absorption is not something that can be achieved through will, intention, prediction or planning – it remains something individuals have to be receptive to. Based in the phenomenological tradition of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty as well as of Dan Zahavi and Shaun Gallagher, it lays out the conditions and essential structures of musical absorption. Employing the lived experience of the DSQ members, it also engages and challenges core ideas in phenomenology, philosophy of mind, enactivism, expertise studies, musical psychology, flow theory, aesthetics, dream and sleep studies, psychopathology and social ontology, and proposes a method that integrates phenomenology and cognitive science.

Simon Høffding is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo, Norway. He obtained his PhD in 2015 at the Centre for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

See preview at

Phenomenology of Social Life

17th annual Conference of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology
University of Copenhagen, 25-27 April, 2019

Registration is open 
Registration is open until  4 April 2019.
A conference fee 600 DKK is to be paid when registering for the conference. 
The fee covers coffee/tea during breaks, one conference dinner and a reception. 

Where to stay
Conference attendants are recommended to book accommodation well in advance of the conference.

We have been fortunate to get a special rate and terms for conference attendants at the WAKEUP BERNSTORFFSGADE. It takes approximately 25 minutes to walk to the conference from the hotel.

Special rate on both single- and twinrooms from 24 April to 27 April 2019. Please note that the special rate is only available until 25 March 2019.

Read more about NoSP 2019

CFS Blog at The Open Commons of Phenomenology

Anthony Vincent Fernandez / Contingency and Existence


Zahavi, D.: "Fænomenologisk metode." In M.F. Nielsen & S. Skriver (eds.), Metodekogebogen. U Press, 2019, 396-398.

León, F.: "Autism, social connectedness, and minimal social acts." Adaptive Behavior27 (1), 2019, 75-89.

See full list

About the center

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, with supplementary funding from the University of Copenhagen. Currently, it is host to a number of externally funded research projects. It is located at the Faculty of Humanities, and its current staff is affiliated with the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Theology, and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

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