Journal of Critical Phenomenology

Puncta is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of philosophy. The critical turn in phenomenology suggests that phenomenology is not merely a descriptive method or practice, but a mode of critique understood as an ongoing process of revealing and interrogating the concrete conditions, institutions, and assumptions that structure lived experience. We invite submissions that engage the critical turn of phenomenology in any dimension: through analyses of social and political phenomena, reflections on the limits and challenges of phenomenological inquiry, or by attending to the history of philosophy, either through its silences or its canonical figures.

Critical phenomenology aims to open up a more focused area of discourse that the works of those such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, and, more recently, Lisa Guenther, Sara Ahmed, Alia Al-Saji, and Mariana Ortega have opened up through their commitments to an engaged phenomenology. We invite scholars to draw both on classical and contemporary phenomenology in order to join the efforts of broadening the scope and import of phenomenological research.

Vol 3, No 2 (2020): Critically sick: New phenomenologies of illness, madness, and disability

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The editors of Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology are soliciting proposals for special issues on racial justice. Current events have highlighted the pre-existing need to direct collective attention to issues related to systems of structural oppressions. With this series, Puncta seeks to provide a forum for such conversations. We are especially interested in forefronting the perspectives of those traditionally underrepresented in the field, including the work of BIPOC philosophers. The special issues should be in line with the journal’s scope and have a wide enough sub-disciplinary base such that multiple authors working in different areas of philosophy could hypothetically contribute.
Posted: 2020-08-11
Puncta is seeking contributions for a themed issue on the critical phenomenology of borders and migration. Migrants, border-crossers, and border-dwellers find themselves at the intersection of some of our time’s most pressing issues. Questions of global capitalism and capitalist production, democracy, the surveillance state, settler colonialism, race, sex, and class, not to mention issues like climate change and war, all converge in the figure of the migrant. Additionally, there are more international migrants today than ever before, with the total number reaching 272 million or 3.5 percent of the world’s population in 2019. As a journal committed to phenomenology not as a mere descriptive practice, but as a critical interrogation of the concrete conditions that structure lived experience, thinking, and the enactment of critique itself, Puncta hopes, with this themed issue, to cultivate a space in which phenomenological analysis responds to and confronts highly timely and urgent questions concerning borders and migration.
Posted: 2020-06-26
Guest editors: Nicole Miglio (San Raffaele University, Milan), Jessica Stanier (University of Exeter), & Dr. Luna Dolezal (University of Exeter)

Puncta is seeking contributions to a special issue on politics and phenomenology in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Political, economic, sociological, and environmental thinkers have already set to work interpreting and making sense of this period of transition and cascading crises, proposing solutions that would enable a return to our ‘pre-pandemic’ lives. However, due to various intersections of marginalization and inequality, e.g., systemic racism and police brutality, precarious or violent living situations, chronic health conditions, etc., horizons of possibility that are affected by the lockdown will remain so for many people. This particular political moment warrants careful phenomenological analyses. As our relationships with the world, ourselves, and others have been put into question, can we now critically think anew how public policies and power structures affect the lives, lifeworlds, and horizons of possibility of people in differential and exclusionary ways?
Posted: 2020-06-16
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