International seminar in phenomenological research and philosophy



International seminar in phenomenological research and philosophy, Bergen, June 19th-20th 2023

We are delighted to welcome everyone to an inter-institutional research seminar on phenomenology with Professor Thomas Fuchs as the main key-note speaker. Thomas Fuchs is a psychiatrist and philosopher and head of the section Phenomenological Psychopathology and Psychotherapy at the University in Heidelberg.

Thomas Fuchs.

Phenomenology is one of the most influential traditions in European thinking from about 1900 until present. Phenomenological philosophy addresses a great complexity of the ideas about subjectivity, intersubjectivity, embodiment, bodily experience of emotions, interaffectivity and empathy, e.g perspectives on what it means to be a living human being, together with others in the (social) world.

Thus, phenomenology challenges the understanding of what professional knowledge in the health and educational sciences might be, knowledge that dominates the practice, research, and self-understanding of these disciplines. Insights from phenomenology are of particular importance for educational- and health sciences, where subliminal processes of non-verbal and bodily interaction, empathy and letting be also influence the therapeutic process, the learning environment, and the experience of outcome both for patients and students.

The conference has the following aim:

  • to present Thomas Fuchs’work and perspectives to a Norwegian and Scandinavian audience.
  • to invite researchers to present their work and how they have used phenomenological perspectives and methods to explore the interrelations of emotion, embodiment, intercorporeality and, interaffectivity in human relations inteaching, learning, therapy, and other professional work.

Thomas Fuchs will present his latest book In Defence of the Human Being. Foundational Questions of an Embodied Anthropology.

He will, for the first time in Norway, present this important contribution to current discussions on artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanist visions and virtual reality and open discussion with the audience on the technological, and cultural tendencies that will influence our society's development in the 21st century.

The book offers an array of interventions directed against a reductionist naturalism or transhumanism in various areas of science and society. Fuchs actualizes the discussion of how the progresses of artificial intelligence and the digitalization of the lifeworld, is at risk of reducing the human being as increasingly appears to be just a product of data and algorithms. Thomas Fuchs will also lecture on the role of emotions, bodily memories and the not-yet conscious and discuss the significance of those phenomena for research and perspectives in health and education.

Here you can find out more about Thomas Fuchs:

Conference program

June 19th (Health)

10.00-10.05. WELCOME. Vegard Fusche Moe.

Short presentation of participants.

10.30-11.30. Thomas Fuchs: In Defence of the Human Being: Foundational Questions of an Embodied Anthropology.

11.30-12.15. Group Discussion.

12.15-13.00. Lunch.

13.00-13.45. Oddgeir Synnes, Målfrid Råheim & Eva Gjengedal: Time and Dignity: A Phenomenological Investigation of Poetry Writing in Dementia Care.

14.00-14.45. Eli Natvik: Space Perception, Movement, and Insight: Attuning to the Space of Everyday Life after Major Weight Loss.

14.45-15.15. Break and refreshments.

15.15-16.00. Kari Nyheim Solbrække. (Un)making the stomi part of oneself.

16.00-16.30. Maud Roos. Drugs, Body, Gender- exploring the lived experience of women with problem drug use.

16.30-17.15. Thomas Fuchs: The role of emotions (in professional work).

END of Day 1


June 20th (Education)

9.15-10.00. Thomas Fuchs: Bodily memories and the not yet conscious.

10.15-11.00. Gunn Engelsrud: Taking time for new ideas in teaching phenomenology in Higher Education.

11.15-12.00. Trine Ørbæk: I feel it in my body when my “head is spinning”. Student teachers’ reflections from their own practicum in meeting with the pupils

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.45. Kenneth Aggerholm: ​The Digi-appearing Body: Questions Concerning Physical Activity in the Digital Age.

14.00-15.00. Plenary Discussion: The future of phenomenology in research in health and education (In Norway):  Thomas Fuchs, Trine Ørbæk, Lisbeth Thoresen, Målfrid Råheim, Øyvind Standal. Chair: Gunn Engelsrud

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