The 1st Summer Meeting of the Open Commons of Phenomenology will consist of three coordinated events:
- a 2-3 days conference on the future theoretical paths that lie ahead for phenomenology
- a 1 day workshop on the impact and potential of digital publishing, with case studies on succesful projects such as the journal Metodo
- a 1 day bootcamp on the development of the Open Commons of Phenomenology and the establishment of a cooperative governance structure
The phenomenological movement, today, is in rude health. This observation holds true first of all with regard to the dominant metrics of our modern academic life, the number of publications appearing every year. In 2018, over 200 books closely related to phenomenology were published (source: Phenomenological Reviews) and more than 100 phenomenology journals produced at least one new issue (source: OPHEN). Similarly, the number of scholars devoting their career to phenomenology is greater than it has ever been: the OPHEN directory lists about 2300 active researchers and, somewhat less significantly, more than 170.000 people have chosen phenomenology as a theme of interest on Academia.edu.
Further signs of phenomenology's current vitality can also be found in its thematic advances and institutional foothold. For one, the number of chairs in phenomenology is stable, new societies (CEESP, EAPP) and new projects are materialising, and big grants such as ERCs are being won (de Warren, Zahavi). Even more significantly, phenomenology has managed over the last decades to broaden and entrench itself in many fields beyond philosophy (cultural environmental, gender and literary studies, managment, pedagogy, psychology and psychiatry, sociology, etc.). In this process, moreover, it has not diluted or lost itself but constantly reflected on its own foundations - as witnessed by the ever-renewed fascination for the thought of its father figures and the growing historical and theoretical interest in early phenomenology, women philosophers or thinkers such as Emanuel Levinas, Jan Patočka or even Gustav Špet.