Phenomenology Reading Group

We’re meeting four times in July on JRS’s porch to ponder phenomenology as a possible framework for understanding audience engagement.

This is Zac Gungl critiquing classical phenomenology’s rejection of materiality, situatedness, and interiority; Priscilla Ferronato doubting whether phenomenology can ever be useful for analysis or prediction; and Andy Houston proposing that site-specific engagements may be primarily haptic. In other highlights, Shana MacDonald’s theory of intersubjective performativity in cinema studies made JRS concede that performative modes other than theatre may be primarily conceptual in their ontologies.

Plans for next week include the ways later twentieth century theory took up phenomenology, and adding cider to the beer and vodka on offer this week….

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