Conference Horizons Beyond Borders
Between the 17th and 19th of June, 2015 the Institute of Philosophy of the Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest (Hungary) organizes the international conference “Horizons Beyond Borders. Traditions and Perspectives of the Phenomenological Movement in Central and Eastern Europe.” Chair of the Organizing Committee is Peter Andras Varga (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), and the Secretary of the Committee is Witold Płotka (University of Gdańsk). Director of the Host Institution: Ferenc Hörcher.
The main idea of the conference “Horizons Beyond Borders” is to explore the place of phenomenology in contemporary philosophy in Central and Eastern Europe. It has long been understood that the circumstances of the Phenomenological Movement in this part of the world were dramatically defined by the politics of the times. The generally hostile conditions for doing philosophy affected phenomenology specifically, in so far as it was officially regarded as an idealistic, bourgeois, and regressive philosophy. As a result, many philosophers in the phenomenological tradition, including some direct students of Edmund Husserl, were accused of “idealism”, labeled as “enemies of materialism”, and prohibited from teaching. Despite these adversarial circumstances, however, many phenomenologists presented interesting and important interpretations of philosophical issues. Some did phenomenology while bracketing political commitments, whereas others were strongly engaged in political activities. One need only recall such leading figures as, for example, Alexandru Dragomir, Eugen Enyvvári, Václav Havel, Roman Ingarden, Karel Kosík, Krzysztof Michalski, Constantin Noica, Jan Patočka, Wilhelm Szilasi, Józef Tischner, Karol Wojtyła, and many others. The full potential of their phenomenology, both its hopeful promise and its tragic history, constitutes a rich heritage that continues to define our contemporary philosophical horizons. The ultimate aim of the conference is to present scholars with a first-time opportunity to discuss the wide and rich range of phenomenological ideas that have been discovered in Central and Eastern Europe.
The conference will gather 68 participants from 18 countries. All submission were evaluated in a process of blind peer-review. Members of the Scientific Advisory Board are: Ivan Blecha (Palacký University, Olomouc), Cristian Ciocan (Institute for Philosophy “Alexandru Dragomir,” Bucharest), Ion Copoeru (Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca), Andrzej Gniazdowski (Polish Academy of Sciences), Balázs M. Mezei (Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Hungary), Karel Novotný (Institute of Philosophy, Academy of the Sciences of the Czech Republic), Csaba Olay (ELTE University, Budapest), Wojciech Starzyński (Polish Academy of Sciences), Jaroslava Vydrová (Slovak Academy of Sciences), Michal Zvarík (Trnava University).
Plenary lectures will present: Michael Gubser (James Madison University, USA) – Phenomenology contra Nazism: Dietrich von Hildebrand and Aurel Kolnai, George Heffernan (Merrimack College, USA) – Heidegger’s Critique of Husserl in His “Black Notebooks,” Marci Shore (Yale University, USA) – Either/Or: An Antidote to Hegel, Nicolas de Warren (KU Leuven, Leuven) – Unbearable Lightness of Eternity.
The conference schedule is available at the conference website.