Research seminar: Why phenomenology matters: Phenomenology-based research projects beyond philosophy

30.1.2023 13:15–16:30

Please note that we would kindly ask you to register by 25 January. Details below.

Researchers’ meeting on 30 January: Why phenomenology matters: Phenomenology-based research projects beyond philosophy


Dr. Alex Arteaga is visiting the ULapland Doctoral School at the turn of January and February 2023, to teach a doctoral course on the phenomenological research method.


While Dr. Arteaga is here, we are arranging a researchers’ meeting together with him for the academic community at ULapland. Professors, scholars, researchers, doctoral researchers – you are all warmly welcome to join this academic get-together!


The host of the meeting is university lecturer Juha Himanka.


What: Researchers’ meeting themed Why phenomenology matters. Dr. Arteaga will give a short impulse lecture on the topic, including an introduction to Artistic and Phenomenological Research practices, a Special Issue of the Journal Phenomenology & Practice and the research project prject How to Live Together in Sound? Towards Sonic Democracy funded by the Kone foundation. ULapland-based scholars will also give presentations.


Key idea of the meeting’s theme Why phenomenology matters:

Phenomenology is a set of research practices, initially conceived in the framework of philosophy, that can enhance research processes in the humanities, the social sciences, the artistic research and the design-based research. Phenomenological practices enable researchers to approach their subject-matters as phenomena, that is, as they appear in the researcher’s inter-subjective experience – as they are lived by researchers and their research communities. Through this specific perspective, the investigated issue reveals unexpected and fundamental meanings, often occluded by the researcher’s prejudices and assumptions or by theoretical constructions. Furthermore, phenomenological practices enable not only to discover what things mean but the subjacent processes of sense-making, that is, of how meaning comes to be. In this meeting we will explore how phenomenological research practices fulfill these functions in different research projects and which kind of relationships they can establish with other varieties of research practices developed in different disciplines.


Where: On the ULapland main campus, Yliopistonkatu 8, Rovaniemi, Finland. The room info will be sent to registered participants. No remote connection is offered.


When: On Monday 30 January 2023, 13:15–16:30


How to register: Please sign up for this event https://forms.office.com/e/ccXbHyfkc8 We would prefer to receive your registration no later than 25 January for e.g. reserving catering on site.


Bio of Dr. Arteaga:

Alex Arteaga is an artist researcher who combines and hybridizes aesthetic, phenomenological and enactivist research practices through an inquiry into embodiments, environments and aesthetic sense-making. He studied music and architecture in Barcelona and Berlin and received a PhD in philosophy at the Humboldt University Berlin. He is a visiting researcher at the University of the Arts Helsinki, lectures in different universities develops long-term artistic research projects such as Architecture of Embodiment (www.architecture-embodiment.org) or Contingent Agencies (www.contingentagencies.net).