PhD Course: "Phenomenology and religious life"

Phenomenology of religion has for some time been associated with an outdated approach in religious studies. At the same time there has been a renewed interest for a phenomenological approach to religion within philosophy of religion. The aim of the course is to re-open the question of a phenomenological approach to the study of religion, by going back to Heidegger's early lecture course on Phenomenology of Religious Life, rather than current philosophical phenomenologies of religion (e.g., Marion). The course will consist of, first, a survey of the status of phenomenology of religion within religious studies, second, a discussion of Heidegger's lecture course, and third, reflections on the perspectives in reformulating a phenomenological approach to the study of religion. Ph.D.-students are encouraged to submit short papers related to the issue of the course.

Preliminary program:
March 18
Introduction: Arne Grøn & Erik R. Sand
Ass. Professor Erik R. Sand, Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen: Phenomenology of religion in religious studies (Survey)
14.30-15.00 Coffee break
15.00 -16.15
Professor Arne Grøn, Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen:
Phenomenology of religious life
Ass. Professor Lars Bruun, Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen: Heidegger's phenomenological interpretation of primordial Christian religiosity - Challenges and perspectives
18.00 Dinner at local restaurant

March 19
Professor George Pattison, Christ Church, University of Oxford: Heidegger, St John, and Heidegger (again)
PhD presentations
13.00 - 14.30: Lunch
Professor Gavin Flood, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford:
Reapproaching religion through phenomenology
Ass. Professor Henrik Vase Frandsen, Danish University of Education: What phenomenology gives theology: Perspectives in Løgstrup and Marion

16.00 - 16.15: Coffee Break
16.15 - 17.00: Open discussion

Information & registration (not later than March 9, 2010):