Webinar: Phenomenology of Practice: Ethics, Phenomenology, Value with Dr Michael van Manen

On behalf of hanfod.NL, Mike and I am thrilled to announce an online webinar on 14th September 2022 at 2pm UK featuring Michael van Manen (University of Alberta profile page). Endowed Chair in Health Ethics, Michael is the Director of the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics.

In a few weeks, Michael has very kindly agreed to rise early to help us understand phenomenology of practice from his perspective as a neonatologist (see webinar abstract below). We have scheduled 60 minutes for the presentation, leaving 30 more for questions and discussion.


Webinar Abstract: Phenomenology of Practice: Ethics, Phenomenology, Value
What does it mean to do phenomenology directly on the phenomena that we live?

What distinguishes phenomenology as a method compared to other human science traditions?

How may phenomenology offer relevance and value to professional practitioners such as teachers, nurses, doctors, social workers, or other caring professions?

Phenomenology does not have to be an impenetrable philosophy but instead may be realized as a method to sensitively explore and explicate everyday human experiences.

Such understandings offer insights into the everyday ethics implicit in the practices of practitioners.

In this talk, Michael will discuss the tradition of phenomenology of practice, and the intersections of ethics, phenomenology, value, and technology at the hand of several health research projects. Michael will explain the value of phenomenology for practice and also the value of practice for phenomenology.


Among other notable contributions, Michael recently collaborated with his father, Max, to publish Classic Writings for a Phenomenology of Practice. This is an important work to support and demonstrate the heritage of the Phenomenology of Practice approach, also documented in the 2021 paper Doing Phenomenological Research and Writing.

A link to Michael’s recent discussion of Medical Ethics is lined in hanfod.NL’s blog along with how to register or down a Outlook calendar link can be found here.

Cover Image: Dr ParthShah, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

More info on hanfod.NL: https://hanfod.nl/blog/

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