Business39​th​ Annual International Human Science Research Conference 2020

39​th​ Annual International Human Science Research Conference 2020

About the Class

There have been a variety of perspectives in the evolution of research methods within phenomenological work. This conference will identify, explore, clarify, and establish common ground relative to these varying perspectives, with an aim towards emphasizing convergences within the context of diverse thought.

Each year at the International Human Science Research Conference, scholars from diverse countries, languages, disciplines, and backgrounds come together to share their research and discuss matters of phenomenology. They come together in dialogue, engaging across commonalities and differences.

This year’s conference will focus on a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches in phenomenology and their impact on the state of the science.  The application of phenomenological methods to lived experience research will be explored in areas such as ​education, psychology, medicine, nursing and philosophy to name a few.

Registration Information

Registration is on a first-come basis and limited to 150 persons.

Find out more (including abstract submission info)  at our event website or send an email for additional information to or Eileen Engelke at

Register by May 1st and use the code “EARLYBIRD” at registration to save $75! Discount code must be used at the time of purchase.

There will be no refund on registration fees after May 1, 2020.

Dorm rooms are available Thursday 6/11/20 – Wednesday 6/17/20 as both single and double rooms. Select as many nights as you need at checkout, and a linens fee is required.



Dr. Scott D. Churchill

Professor of Psychology at the University of Dallas. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and past President of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Humanistic Psychologist, and is President-Elect of the APA’s Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. He is a board member of the International Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP).  He has authored numerous articles and book chapters in the fields of phenomenological research methodology and has developed and taught numerous courses in phenomenological psychology and hermeneutics.

Dr. Kenneth Gergen

Kenneth J. Gergen, Ph.D., is a founding member, President of the Taos Institute and Chair of the Board, and the Mustin Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College. Gergen is a major figure in the development of social constructionist theory and its applications to practices of social change. He also lectures widely on contemporary issues in cultural life, including the self, technology, postmodernism, the civil society, organizational change, developments in psychotherapy, educational practices, aging, and political conflict.

Dr. Amedeo Giorgi

Amedeo Giorgi received his Ph.D. in psychology from Fordham University in 1958 and first taught at Manhattan College and then at Duquesne University.  He was trained in experimental psychology and he pursued a career in academic psychology. He found the standard experimental and quantitative procedures being pursued by mainstream psychology to be too limited for human phenomena so he turned to phenomenological philosophy as the basis for a non-reductionistic and non-naturalistic philosophical anthropology. He is the author of Psychology as a Human Science and The Descriptive Phenomenological Method in Psychology.  He continues to write articles demonstrating the value of phenomenological approaches to psychological phenomena.

Dr. Ruthellen Josselson

Dr. Ruthellen Josselson is Professor of clinical psychology at The Fielding Graduate University and a psychotherapist in practice. She was formerly a Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Harvard University and a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. Her research focuses on women’s identity and on human relationships. She has been active in group relations work for many years, consults to organizations, and lectures and conducts workshops both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Max van Manen

Professor emeritus (2011) at the University of Alberta. His academic interests include phenomenology and human science research methods, pedagogical theory and practice, phenomenology of pedagogical tact, phenomenology of childhood secrecy, the epistemology of professional practice.


Dr. Michael van Manen

Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. He has a clinical practice as a physician in neonatal-perinatal medicine with the Stollery Children’s Hospital. His research program is concerned with the relational ethics of the practice of paediatrics with projects relating to the experiential life of the fetus/newborn, the use of medical technologies in paediatric practice, ethical decision-making, and parental experiences in critical care.​


The Annual Gala

The IHSRC Annual Conference Gala will be held Monday June 16th, 2020 from 6-10pm.  Join us for a night of dinner and dancing while soaking up the views of Manhattan aboard The Harbor Lights Yacht. Cost is included in admission, and additional guests can join at $125/guest. All guests must be 21 years of age or older. Find out more information here.

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