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The Phenomenology Research Center is internationally recognized as one of the premiere destinations for work in phenomenology. The Phenomenology Research Center, located at Faner Hall, 2514 in Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, was launched in 2009 with the support from the College of Liberal Arts, the Vice-Chancellor of Research and Academic Affairs, and the Office of the Provost.

In these five years the Center has hosted a number of national and international visiting scholars, conducting independent research, participating in the PRG on the Emotions project, presenting papers, seminars, and conferences and working on translations. In most cases, scholars and visiting fellows who visit the Center have sourced their own funding. Some fellows have received financial support from SIU’s College of Liberal Arts in the form of a Graduate Assistantship (50%).

Note: Underlined names link to individual pages with additional information on the scholar.

The placement record for past PRC members can be accessed here.


Professor Anthony Steinbock – Director

Anthony Steinbock is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Director of the Phenomenology Research Center. His book publications include Moral Emotions: Reclaiming the Evidence of the Heart (Northwestern University Press, 2015; recipient of the 2015 Symposium Book Award), Phenomenology and Mysticism: The Verticality of Religious Experience (Indiana, 2007/Ballard Prize in Phenomenology 2009) and Home and Beyond: Generative Phenomenology after Husserl (Northwestern, 1995). He is the translator of Edmund Husserl,Analyses Concerning Passive and Active Synthesis: Lectures on Transcendental Logic (Kluwer, 2001), and Editor-in-Chief of Continental Philosophy Review, and General Editor of the Northwestern University Press “SPEP” Series. He recently served as the Executive Co-Director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP).

His current book projects include: The Meaning of Person and the Verticality of Loving, and Vocations and Exemplars: The Verticality of Moral Experience

Curriculum Vitae

Current Researchers


Dr. Christina Bleyer – Archivist


Doctor Bleyer received her PhD in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University in 2011. She is an Assistant Professor/Manuscript Archivist working with Special Collections at Morris Library, at Southern Illinois University. She is currently working on the Phenomenology Archival Project for the Phenomenology Research Center. This project involves the maintenance of archival material from important national and international philosophers whose work is relevant to Phenomenology.


Jared Kemling  Assistant to the Director (Fall 2015-Present)



Jared is currently a PhD student at SIU, with interests in both Continental and American Pragmatist philosophy. In addition to his work as Assistant to the Director of the PRC, he is also the Assistant Editor of Continental Philosophy Review, and the Associate Editor of the Journal of School and Society.

His dissertation is an attempt to expand upon the philosophical anthropology found in Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy of symbolic forms. He uses Gabriel Marcel’s phenomenological account of Creative Fidelity as the basis for a new symbolic form of culture—one that Cassirer failed to fully articulate.


Matthew Williams-Wyant – Researcher, SIU Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois

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Matthew is a PhD student at SIUC with interests in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, focusing primarily on Husserlian and Merleau-Pontean phenomenology, and classical Indian and Chinese philosophy. He is currently working on his dissertation on the role of adversity as the site of the generation of sense and meaning in the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty. In addition to his own work, Matthew is an assistant editor of Continental Philosophy Review. He has been affiliated with the center since Fall 2011.

His CV may be downloaded by clicking: Williams-Wyant CV


Przemysław Bursztyka – Visiting Scholar, University of Warsaw, Poland


Assistant Professor in the Institute of Philosophy University of Warsaw where he also holds the position of the chair of Department of Philosophy of Culture. During his stay at SIU as a Visiting Professor he is conducting the extensive seminar “Hermeneutics of the Self: Memory, Imagination and Narrative”. Main areas of his specialization comprise: philosophy of culture, philosophy of man (especially apophatic anthropology), phenomenology, psychoanalysis, existentialism (Kierkegaard, Nietzsche), contemporary hermeneutics, aesthetics (especially phenomenological), philosophical psychology, philosophical theories of imagination.

His visit at Phenomenology Research Center is a significant part of his current research project concerning different forms of collaboration between imagination and memory in creating a sense of personal identity.

His CV may be downloaded by clicking: Bursztyka CV


Past Researchers


Jakub Čapek – Visiting Scholar, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic


Jakub is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He is visiting the PRC to work on his research project “Personal Identity and Time after the Narrative Turn.” He is here with a Fulbright-Masaryk Grant, and he will be staying at the PRC from September 2015 – June 2016.

While at the center, Jakub presented papers in several U.S. cities, including Chicago, Seattle, and Hoboken, as well as giving presentations at Southern Illinois University.

His CV may be accessed online here.


Monika Benkőová – Visiting Scholar, Trnava University, Trnava, Slovakia


Monika is a PhD student at Trnava University in Trnava, Slovakia and she is a member of the Center for Phenomenological Studies. Her interests in philosophy include German and French phenomenology; she pays special attention to Max Scheler’s philosophy, especially his phenomenology of emotions.  Monika is staying at the Center for the Fall of 2015-Spring 2016 while she works towards the completion of her dissertation on phenomenology of love; more precisely, the transformation of the “lover” through the very emotion of love.


Mohsen Saber – Visiting Scholar, University of Tehran, Iran


Mohsen is interested in continental philosophy and especially Husserl’s phenomenology. While staying at the center he worked on his M.A Thesis on the problem of intersubjectivity in Husserl’s phenomenology. He stayed with the center during the Fall of 2015.




Thomas Ruble – Assistant to the Director (Spring 2013-Spring 2015), SIU Carbondale


Thomas Ruble recently completed his MA thesis on Max Scheler’s later philosophy, with special attention to Scheler’s metaphysics and sociological ethics. He is a student at SIU, and joined the Phenomenology Research Center as an Assistant to the Director in Spring of 2013, a position he retained until the fall of 2015.


Larissa Couto Rogoski – Visiting Scholar, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil


Couto was at the center from September 2014-May 2015. While at the center, she worked towards the completion of her Master’s Thesis “Objeto transfigurado e obra de arte na contemporaneidade: Arthur Coleman Danto e Maurice Merleau-Ponty” (The Transfigured Object and the Work of Art in Contemporary Times: Arthur Coleman Danto and Maurice Merleau-Ponty). She successfully defended her thesis (cum laude) in August, 2015. She is now a PhD. student in Philosophy at SIU.


Saboura Haji ali Orakpour – Visiting Scholar, University of Tehran, Iran

Saboura is currently a PhD student of Western Philosophy at the University of Tehran, Iran. Her dissertation is titled the “Phenomenology of Love and the Crisis of Culture (Particularly, the Problem of Sexuality) Based on Max Scheler’s Views.” She graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Tehran (2009) in the field of Western Philosophy, with a thesis on “The Absolute Idea in Hegel’s Philosophy.” Her BA degree is from Imam Sadiq University in Tehran (2006) in the field of Islamic Philosophy, with a thesis on “Intuitive Knowledge and its Functions in Sohrawardy’s Philosophy.”


Yinghua Lu – Visiting Scholar, Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Yinghua Lu, who completed his PhD in philosophy at Southern Illinois University, joining the Phenomenology Research Center in Fall, 2011. He is currently focusing on a phenomenology of moral emotions, inquiring into the possibility of a phenomenological reading of the Confucian tradition, by comparing the notions of moral emotion in Mencius, Wang Yangming and Max Scheler. His research was funded by a generous research grant from the China Scholarship Council (for 2010-2014).


Paula Lorelle – Visiting Scholar,  Paris IV-Sorbonne

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Paula Lorelle completed two Masters in Philosophy, in Boston College and in Paris IV-Sorbonne,  where she discovered her interest for German and French Phenomenology, and started work on  the question of sensibility and otherness in Levinas. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the  Sorbonne and working on the relations between sensibility and reason in Husserl and Levinas. She  will be with the Phenomenology Research Center for the Spring and Fall 2014.


Chris Paone – SIU Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois

Paone recently defended his dissertation from SIU. While in the program, he assisted Steinbock in his role as Co-Director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP).


Carlos Perez – Visiting Scholar, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá

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Carlos A. Perez is professor of Semiotics at Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota – Colombia, and is currently pursuing his PhD in philosophy at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. His research focuses on the emotional situatedness of linguistic cognition and the phenomenological understanding of ordinary speech. He will join the Phenomenology Research Center for the spring semester, 2014, supported by a grant from the Administrative Department of Colombia for the Sciences, Technology and Innovation (COLCIENCIAS).


Fabricio PontinVisiting Scholar, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Fabrício Pontin recently completed his dissertation Constituting the Political: Lifeworld, Structure and Action in the Department of Philosophy at SIUC (http://philosophy.siuc.edu). This project was funded by a generous four year grant from the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Brazilian Minister of Education’s office for the advancement of superior education (CAPES) for the period from 2008 to 2012, and is currently supported by a Doctored Research Assistantship Award from Southern Illinois University. Pontin has been in the Center since 2009 and has presented work in a number of events at the Center. Also, as an Assistant to the Director, Pontin has helped in the organization of Center events and in the development of the current Archival Project of the PRC.


Márcio Junglos – Visiting Scholar, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Márcio Junglos is a PhD Student in philosophy at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He was at the Center from January to December, 2013. He specializes in Waldenfels’ concept of responsive ethics and worked at the PRC to gather materials to finish his doctoral research.


Jodie McNeilly – Visiting Scholar, University of Sydney, Australia

McNeilly is a PhD candidate from the University of Sydney – Australia, in the Performance Studies and Philosophy Department. During her tenure in the Center, McNeilly has conducted research towards finishing her PhD project “Restoring Ontology in Studies of the Live and Mediatized?: Phenomenology within Audience,” and also been responsible for the grant writing of a number of projects in the Center since August 2010. She translated, with Pierre-Jean Renaudie, the article “Martin Heidegger’s Cartesian Meditations,” by Jean-François Courtine. McNeilly‘s research has benefited from different sources of funding, including a PhD traveling Scholarship and a Postgraduate Award Grant (for one semester) from the University of Sydney, a two-semester Graduate Assistantship followed by a one-semester Graduate Assistantship from SIU. During her stay in the center she presented two papers “Restoring Ontology in studies of live and mediatized?” and “Bodily-schemata and Sartre‘s I and Me.”


Iris Hennigfeld – Visiting Scholar, McGill University

Iris Hennigfeld joined the Phenomenology Research Center in the Spring of 2012. During her stay she pursued her interdisciplinary research on “Goethe’s Thinking as in the Light of Husserlian Phenomenology.” Ms. Hennigfeld explored in a phenomenological proceeding the intersection between poetical thinking and philosophical thinking. By investigating key structures and dynamics of Goethe’s specific way of phenomenological thinking — such as, widening and enhancing the notion of experience, integrating the realm of imagination and intuition as precise phenomenological tools for meaningful and fruitful knowledge, and the temporal and monadic constitution of individuality — she investigated if and how Goethe can be understood as a spiritual predecessor of the phenomenological movement in the 20th and 21st century. During her stay at the PRC Ms. Hennigfeld also participated in Prof. Anthony Steinbock’s phenomenological research group on Vocation and in a related course on Max Scheler.


Simo Pulkkinen –  Visiting Scholar, University of Helsinki


Simo Pulkkinen is a Ph.D. student at the University of Helsinki, and a member of the research community Subjectivity, Historicity and Communality, which receives funding from the University of Helsinki based on its success in international research evaluation. The community is hosted by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

Simo visited the center in October 2012 to further his doctoral research, and is currently finishing up his Ph.D. in the University of Helsinki, Finland. Pulkkinen’s doctoral project focuses on Edmund Husserl’s classical phenomenology, and seeks to develop further Husserl’s transcendental idealism from the perspective of genetic phenomenology. The aim of the thesis is to show how the transcendental subjectivity develops as a concrete human person based on the dynamic structure of experience.

His CV may be accessed online here.


Professor Christophe Bouton – Visiting Scholar, Université de Bordeaux 3

Bouton (Professor of Philosophy at L‘Université de Bordeaux 3) contributed to the Research Center for two weeks in March of 2013. During his stay, Professor Bouton presented the Wayne Leys’ Memorial lecture in the DeJarnett American Heritage Room at SIU titled “Time and Freedom,” based on his book Temps et liberté (Univ. du Mirail, 2007), and furthered his work on the forthcoming English translation of the same (to be published by Northwestern University). He also led a seminar “Vocation and Time” during the Phenomenology Research Group’s weekly meeting, in which he presented his research on the phenomenology of urgency as it relates to vocation.


Donald Beith – Visiting Scholar, McGill University


Beith visited the  Phenomenology Research Center for the Spring semester of 2011. During his stay in the Center, supported with a one-semester Graduate Assistantship from SIU, Beith completed the first chapter “Consciousness and Animality”, focusing on the argument that bodily developments undergird our conscious perception of form in The Structure of Behavior, of his dissertation Passivity in the Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty (defended successfully at McGill University in 2013 on Merleau-Ponty’s birthday).  Don also worked on a translation of a biographical paper on Claude Lefort written by Dick Howard (French-English), attended PRG workshops on the phenomenology of Pride, and presented research on his work on a phenomenology of temporal grounding in Husserl and Merleau-Ponty at the University of Kentucky. He also coordinated a three-day conference “The practice of Phenomenology: Merleau-Ponty in the World,” in which Beith also gave a presentation on puberty and the phenomenology of the advent of adult personhood.  He currently serves as a visiting professor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches Kant, philosophy and literature, existentialism, and phenomenology.

More of Beith’s work can be seen here.


Pierre-Jean Renaudie  –  Visiting Scholar, Paris IV – Sorbonne

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Renaudie (PhD in Philosophy, Paris IV – Sorbonne) visited the Center for the Fall 2010 semester and worked towards the completion and defense of his PhD Project “La doctrine des categories et les conditions de la description phénoménologique dans la premiére philosophie de Husserl.” During his stay in the Center, Dr. Renaudie translated, with Jodie McNeilly, Jean François Courtine‘s article “Martin Heidegger‘s Cartesian Meditations” (French-English), coordinated a one-day conference in the Phenomenology Research Center “The Disclosure of the Self,” and presented the paper “Self and the Mirror of Language.” The following semester, Dr. Renaudie also coordinated a one-day conference on Sartre at the Phenomenology Research Center, where he presented the paper, “Why is ‘Bad Faith’ so bad – remarks on the relation between consciousness and morality in Sartre.” Dr. Renaudie benefited from a Graduate Assistantship from SIU during his stay at the Phenomenology Research Center.

Renaudie is now a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Porto/MLAG, Porto, Portugal. Pierre-Jean has published a book on the relations between language and perception in Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology (Husserl on Categories. Language, Thought, Perception, Paris, Vrin, 2015),

His CV can be download by clicking: CV – Renaudie (English).

You may visit his website through the following link: Renaudie website.


Will Britt –  Visiting Scholar, Boston University


Britt is a PhD Candidate from the Boston College and visited the Phenomenology Research Center for three weeks in the Fall of 2010. Brit funded his own stay in the Center, and developed his PhD project on “A Phenomenology of Trust.” After his stay at the Center, Brit returned to Carbondale and presented a paper titled “On Trust in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis” with Professor Jeffrey Bloechl at SIU during the Philosophical Collaborations Conference (March 2011).

He is currently a Bellarmine Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University.

 His CV can be downloaded as a word document by clicking the following: CV Will Britt


Professor Eui Geun Ryu  –  Visiting Scholar, Silla University, Busan, Korea

Ryu was in the Phenomenology Research Center for the academic year 2009-2010. During his time at the Center, Ryu developed his own book project on Merleau-Ponty‘s phenomenology of the body. He also translated Michel Henry‘s “I am the Truth: Toward a Philosophy of Christianity” (English-Korean) and produced a couple of essays “Return to Subjectivity: a Christian Viewpoint” and “An investigation of Derrida ́s La voix et le phenomena”; the latter essay was presented in the Phenomenology Research Center.


Professor Eldon Wait – Visiting Scholar, University of Zululand, Kwa Dlangezwa, South Africa

Wait was at the Phenomenology Research Center for the academic year 2009-2010, with Sabbatical funding from the Senate Research Committee for the University of Zululand.

During his tenure at the Center, professor Wait researched the phenomenon of the gaze, a project implementing methods derived from Merleau-Ponty in order to investigate problems in neuropathology and psychology. Professor Wait also organized and taught a short course (3 seminars) on “A Phenomenology of the Gaze,” and presented a paper in the Phenomenology Research Center, “Merleau-Ponty and Some Recent Trends on Experimental Psychology.”


Johannes Servan – Visiting Scholar, University of Bergen, Norway


Johannes Servan is currently a PhD student at the University of Bergen and writing on a thesis concerning migration, citizenship and the moral epistemological relevance of the “view from elsewhere”. His research focus on the phenomenology of intersubjectivity and historicity in the later Husserl and Alfred Schutz, combined with a broader interest in contemporary research on migration and theoretical discussions of transnational justice. During his visit to the PRC (in the Spring of 2010) he was working on the issues of historicity and the history of Human Rights, and presented a paper on “Making history our own”.


Ana Paula Vargas Maia – Visiting Scholar, Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Maia was at the PRC in the Fall of 2011 with a Graduate Assistantship from SIU. During her stay in the Center, Maia worked on developing a plan to redesign the Center’s approach towards communication. Through the release of a new website, new ways to experience the ongoing projects and study groups from the PRC were added to its online communication by converging different types of media into one environment that promotes an open source to knowledge. Maia had been working with the Center informally since 2009 and has consistently provided assistance with designing posters, fliers and the general advertising of the Center. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Professional Media and Media Management Studies from SIU Carbondale, she is now a New Media Producer working as a Digital Marketing Specialist for Cencosud Brasil Comercial, a Brazilian company.

Her resume can be viewed online here.


Stuart Grant – Visiting Scholar, Professor, Centre for Theater and Performance, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Grant (Lecturer, School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University, Australia) was in the PRC between September 19 and October 19, 2011. During his time in the Center he presented his work, “Affectivity of Speaking,” on October 13, to be published in a forthcoming special issue on affect in Parrhesia. Dr. Grant also organized a workshop on “Phenomenology of Laughter” with a diverse number of scholars from different backgrounds.

Adrian Lumley – Visiting Scholar, St. John’s University, New York, New York

Lumley was an undergraduate student in Philosophy at St John‘s University in New York. He was in the Phenomenology Research Center for one week in the spring semester of 2010 with support from the McNair‘s Scholars Program. During his stay at the Center, Lumley conducted research for an undergraduate paper presented at a conference on Husserl‘s internal time lectures, and attended lectures by Professor Anthony Steinbock and by visiting Professor François Dastur.

Jana Trajtelová – Professor, Trnava University, Slovakia


Trajtelová (Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts at Trnava University, Slovakia) was in the Phenomenology Research Center for four weeks in the Fall of 2009, with a grant from the National Scholarship Program of the Slovak Republic. During her stay in the Center, Dr. Trajtelová worked on finishing her Dissertation project, “Distance and Nearness of Mysticism: A Phenomenological Study on Fundamental Movements in Western Mysticism.” She also published the translations of Anthony Steinbock‘s “The Poor Phenomenon” and  “Reducing the One to the Other: Kant, Levinas, and the Problem of Religious Experience” into Slovak. Since finishing her tenure at the Phenomenology Research Center, Trajtelová has published her book, “Vzdialenosť a blízkosť mystiky” (Studia Minora), and is translating Steinbock‘s “Home and Beyond: Generative Phenomenology after Husserl” into Slovak.


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