Workshop: Normalized Consciousness – Anthropology, Phenomenology, and Critique

The aim of this international workshop, organised by Thiemo Breyer and his cooperation partner Michael Schnegg,  is to address the unique potentials phenomenology has for reflecting social processes critically. For so doing, the general phenomenological proposition to explore how something appears as something for somebody, with the first-person perspective as a guiding principle, can serve as a starting point.

For empirical subjects, this as-structure combines (1) their ways of experiencing the world and (2) the societal context which circumscribes what people live through, including the normative preconditions of acting in a public sphere. Both leave traces on what we experience as phenomenon. To theorise this, the workshop encourages to explore how transcendental structures of experience (a main topic of classical phenomenology) interact with what critical phenomenology calls “quasi-transcendental structures” as normalised ways of seeing, feeling, and thinking, thereby creating various home worlds and alien worlds within the generative basis of the lifeworld.


  • Felicity Aulino, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Jonas Bens, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Thiemo Breyer*, University of Cologne
  • Emanuele Caminada, KU Leuven
  • Robert Desjarlais, Sarah Lawrence College, New York
  • Rasmus Dyring, Aarhus University
  • Bernhard Leistle, Carleton University Ottawa
  • Annika Lems, Australian National University
  • Timo Miettinen, University of Helsinki
  • Julia Pauli, Universität Hamburg
  • Anita von Poser, University of Halle
  • Michael Schnegg, Universität Hamburg
  • Thomas Schwarz Wentzer, Aarhus University
  • Carolin Schwegler, University of Cologne
  • Julian Sommerschuh, Universität Hamburg
  • Maren Wehrle, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Gail Weiss, The George Washington University
  • Olaf Zenker, University of Halle
  • Jarrett Zigon, University of Virginia

This workshop is for invited international experts. Students are invited to participate via Zoom on Friday, 23 June 2023 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. For this, please send an eMail to The login data will be sent shortly before the event.