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The Collegium Phaenomenologicum will convene for its 45th annual session in Città di Castello, Italy, from July 5-23, 2021. The Collegium is intended for faculty members and advanced graduate and postdoctoral students in philosophy and related disciplines. The core of the program consists in a series of lecture courses, individual lectures, and intensive text-based seminars. A participants conference will be held July 3-4.

Theme: ‘Cosmology’ and ‘Cosmopolitanism’ name two of our most familiar horizons for coming to understand what it means to be—and thus also how to live as—human beings. Cosmology names the notion by which we understand ourselves in virtue of our place in a larger cosmological order. Cosmopolitan, by contrast, understands human beings principally as beings on a finite globe. This historical shift in how we take the world to which we belong to be marks a decisive turn in forming the possibilities for human life and human community. This Collegium will not only trace the meaning of this arc, but also ask how we may think anew the relation between the cosmic and the worldly in how we give order and orientation to our lives.

Courses, Lectures, and Instructors

Week 1: Cosmoi: Plato on the Orders of the Human, the City, and the Universe

Lecture Course by Michael Naas, DePaul University, USA

Individual Lectures by John Sallis (Boston College), Dennis Schmidt (Western Sydney University), Andrea Lozano Vásquez (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotà)

Week 2: The End of the World/The End of Cosmology – With Kant: A New Beginning?

Lecture Course by Angelica Nuzzo, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Individual Lectures by Günter Figal (Universität Freiburg), Bret Davis (Loyola University Maryland), Kalliopi Nikolopoulou (The University at Buffalo)

Week 3: Homo Kosmotheoretikos – The Cosmological Eye in Times of Mutations

Lecture Course by Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, Södertörn University

Individual Lectures by Gert-Jan van der Heiden (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), Ewa Plonowska Ziarek (The University at Buffalo), Alberto Moreiras (Texas A&M University)

Housing and Costs

Participants will be comfortably housed at Hotel Le Mura (***) in the historic center of Città di Castello. The cost for room and board (half-pension = breakfast & dinner) will be approximately €42 (double occupancy) and €55 (single room) per day. The program fee for the three-week session will be €275. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2021. Final commitments from participants needed by April 15th.

Please email applications to Professor Kristi Sweet at k-sweet@tamu.edu.