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OPO 6 Conference
Memphis, TN
January 3-6, 2019

Phenomenology and Practical Life

Edmund Husserl 1910sFrom the outset, the founder of the phenomenological movement, Edmund Husserl, stressed the practical import of phenomenology as a method and as a philosophical approach. In fact, by the time of the Kaizo articles from the early 20's, Husserl had come to see the phenomenological method as a unique opportunity for ethical renewal in Europe and around the globe. However, the major works published during his own life-time gave rise to the impression that Husserl himself remained too caught up in the models of the natural and formal theoretical sciences to be able to address practical life adequately. Subsequent figures who counted themselves as phenomenologists and other figures influenced by phenomenology each proposed to correct this deficit in his or her own way: Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, de Beauvoir, or Sarte, to name just a few. In the meantime, we now know that this impression of Husserl himself was incomplete, as the publication of his Ideas II, the Fichte lectures, the full versions of the Kaizo lectures, two volumes of his lectures on ethics, and the research manuscripts on the life-world have amply shown.

This global conference will especially welcome papers on practical life, its evaluative, social, historical and ethical dimensions both in light of the various approaches and manuscripts from what is now the history of phenomenology as one of the leading philosophical movements of 20th and 21st century philosophy, and on systematic issues related to those topics from a systematic perspective informed by phenomenological methods and insights as well.

Photo: Edmund Husserl 1910s (By Unknown Public Domain)

4th European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

QI towards Sustainability

Wednesday 5 February – Friday 7 February 2020
Pre-conference workshops: Tuesday 4 February 2020


After three successful European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ECQI) from our partners at Leuven and Edinburgh, the University of Malta (UM) is pleased to announce that it will be organising the fourth ECQI. On behalf of the UM and the conference’s steering and organising committees, I extend a very warm welcome to qualitative researchers from all nations and disciplines. The theme for this year’ conference is Qualitative Inquiry towards Sustainability. Inspired by conference participants’ voices and reflecting the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, we want this conference to be an opportunity to demonstrate how QI can address global challenges of the human experience - poverty, climate, injustice, degradation, environment, peace and justice. The UN hopes to achieve its SDGs by 2030. We hope QI will be an impact on this aspiration.

QI conferences are unique as they include research that engages with all aspects of the human experience. We have purposely chosen a theme that looks into the future and how QI can impact present and future lives. It builds on last year’s theme - Activism. It is hoped that this conference will provide spaces that allow participants to address agency, autonomy, representation, active living and quality of life within sustainability for all. We envisage that conference and workshop participants will have the space to reflect how research can directly impact the present and future human experience.

This is a unique cross-disciplinary event for sharing knowledge and seeking new collaboration and partnerships. It provides opportunities for addressing the common challenges that qualitative researchers face in their own geographical regions or research disciplines. Most importantly the congress is a lively event, providing ample opportunities for interacting with friends and colleagues and learning about the latest developments and innovations in qualitative inquiry. Following the example of ICQI, we offer spaces where participants and presenters may feel comfortable experimenting with new ideas and critical thoughts and will push the boundaries of best practice in qualitative research.

QI conferences are committed to strengthen the European QI agenda.  We invite contributions that address important issues, themes, reflexivity and processes that impact QI. The conference also includes methodology workshops (Wednesday February 5, 2020) for students and scholars alike. We hope to welcome many of you to join us in evolving debates on what constitutes best processes in QI, in order to influence the direction, focus and atmosphere of future research to better the human experience.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Malta, a historic island with a rich cultural life, UNESCO World Heritage Temples and historical Valletta, recently the European City of Culture, and a fabulous Mediterranean gastronomy and (hopefully) sunny weather. We look forward to meeting in February 2020 and sharing research experiences. Please spread the word around and encourage all to attend. Students, practitioners, researchers and colleagues. Bring your creative minds, your dreams, your concerns, your plans and your energies to the conference and workshops.

Your work contributes towards sustainability. Let us find a space where we can discuss who QI can contribute to this important aspect of present civilisations.

The registration for the conference will open in June, 2019. We will keep you updated.

Dr Ruth Falzon

University of Malta



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