UWTSD doctoral student & academic co-launches new phenomenology society and conference


19.04.2021

UWTSD’s International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED) doctoral student Felicity Healey-Benson has co-launched a new phenomenology learned society with Dr Mike Johnson of Cardiff University.

UWTSD’s International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED)doctoral student Felicity Healey-Benson has co-launched a new phenomenology learned society with Dr Mike Johnson of Cardiff University.

hanfod.NL (hanfod, pron. han-vod is Welsh for essence) was formed when Felicity and Dr Johnson connected in the run up to their phenomenological contributions at the online Networked Learning Conference in 2020.

At hanfod.NL, Felicity explains, “we aim to build a community of phenomenological enquiry within networked learning”.

Supported by The Networked Learning Conference Consortium on 10th-11th June 2021 hanfod.NL will host a live ‘Max van Manen Phenomenology of Practice’ workshop spread over two afternoons on 10th and 11th June from 1pm-4:30pm (UK, GMT). (2-5.30pm CET, 6am-9.30am MST. 

Professor Cathy Adams of the University of Alberta will lead the ‘Phenomenology of Practice’ workshop, providing one example of the approaches to phenomenology &  Professor Nina Bonderup Dohn of the University of Southern Denmark will steer the writing.  The event will make use of the Zoom platform for the live online workshops and have a dedicated exclusive Microsoft Teams site, to include VLOGs released weekly in the run-up to the event.

An example of VLOG contributions is Felicity’s share on how the philosopher, Martin Heidegger has informed her thinking as a developing phenomenologist. https://youtu.be/ygQEVALax3M

The conference MS Team site will host a library and offer an opportunity to interact in text-based discussions and videoconferencing. For some, the event will also be a catalyst for written contributions towards the Networked Learning Conference in Sweden in May 2022 and an edited collection, such as a new book in the Springer Networked Learning series.

 “Phenomenology has become my passion since starting my doctorate at the Business School at UWTSD,” said Felicity. “Enveloped by its underpinning philosophy, I have worked to develop my practice of phenomenological method and attitude. It’s already been quite an adventure, opening up new networks, friendships, ways of seeing. I believe it will continue to be an ever evolving and rewarding journey and see the first conference as just the start of the journey encouraging and supporting other students and researchers in confidently exploring and sharing the different approaches to phenomenology”.

To find out more, including how to register a place, check out the hanfod.NL pages. You can also follow our blog for email updates.

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