Conference Program

The Experience of the Stranger: The Struggle to Find a Home and the Struggle to Welcome the Stranger

V. Conference of The International Alfred Schutz Circle for Phenomenology and Interpretive Social Science

June 3-7, 2021, A Digital Conference Hosted by Saint Louis University

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**All Times listed in U.S. Central Daylight Time (UTC-5).  

Day 1, June 3, 2021

5:00 – 5:15 AM

Greetings and Welcome


Michael Barber (Saint Louis, USA)


Claudia Schutz Gahagan (Granddaughter of Alfred Schutz, New York, USA)


The Ilse Schutz Memorial Prize

Alexis Gros (Buenos Aires, Argentina / Jena, Germany) presented by Carlos Belvedere (Buenos Aires, Argentina).



5:15 – 6:00 AM

The Experience of the Stranger vs. Experiencing Strangers: The Relational Concept of Strangeness

Jochen Dreher (Konstanz, Germany)



6:15 – 7:45 AM

The Reification of the Other as a Social Pathology: Pursuing the Traces of a Phenomenological Critical Theory in Schutz's Thought

Alexis E. Gros (Buenos Aires, Argentina / Jena, Germany)


Signs of Waiting: An Addition to Schutz’s Semiology

Andreas Göttlich (Konstanz, Germany)


Cultural Objects and the Problem of Otherness

Yu Chung-Chi (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)



8:00 – 9:30 AM

Schutz and his Interlocutors: Parallel Session A


Prophets in Exile. Karl Mannheim, Alfred Schutz and the Two Tracks of the Sociology of Knowledge

Dániel Havrancsik (Budapest, Hungary)


Beyond Positivism and Relativism: Schutz and Voegelin on Value-Relation

Ken Takakusa (Tokyo, Japan)


Morality as the Social in Luhmann and Luckmann

Yu Mitsuda (Tokyo, Japan)


Stereotypes and Language: Parallel Session B



The Meaning of Language for Alfred Schutz and his Lifeworld in Vienna From the Perspective of Assimilation and Othering of Viennese Jews

 Mitsuhiro Tada (Kumamoto, Japan)


Bhabha’s Analysis of Stereotypes, Schutz’s Social Psychology and Schmalenbach’s Groups of Affective Affinity

Siegfried L. Mathelet (Montreal, Canada)


Day 2, June 4, 2021

5:00 – 7:00 AM

The Schutzian Framework: Parallel Session A


The Scope and Limits of the Transcendental Phenomenological Reduction in Alfred Schutz

Carlos Belvedere (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


The Lifeworld and Human Experience in Alfred Schutz’s Social Phenomenology

Rosana Déborah Motta (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

The Strangeness of Strangers: Parallel Session B


On Anonymity and Appresentation: Perception and Categorization of the Stranger in Everyday Life

Max Gropper (Bayreuth, Germany)


Danger and Recognition: The Struggle to Welcome the Strange

Carlos Morujão (Lisboa, Portugal).


The Stranger: Analyzing Otherness as a Form of Relationship Through the Big Brother

Tuba Yilmaz (Istanbul, Turkey)


7:30 – 9:30 AM



The Danger of White Innocence, Dr. George Yancy (Emory, U.S.A.)


Day 3, June 5, 2021

5:00 – 6:00 AM

Biography, Strangeness and Truth: Parallel Session A



Relevance and Biographical Experience: Some Considerations on Migration

Hermílio Santos and Priscila Susin (Brazil)


A Methodological Examination of the Subjective Truth in Sociological Descriptions: Considering the Criticism of the Life Story Method

Teppei Sekimizu (Tokyo, Japan)


The Critical Potential of Strangers: Parallel Session B


Cultural Trauma and the Experience of Strangeness

 Jerry Williams (Nacogdoches, U.S.A.)


Are Strangers More Likely to See Deathworlds in Lifeworlds?

Valerie Malhotra Bentz (U.S.A.) & Krzystof Konecki (Lodz, Poland).

6:15 – 7:45 AM

Economics and Politics:

Parallel Session A



The Economic Phenomenology Approach: Its Impact on Democratic Societies Analysis

Francesco Vigliarolo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)



A Stranger to Justice

Autumn Redcross (Pittsburg, U.S.A)


Schutz, Predecessors, and Strangeness

Parallel Session B



Homecoming Strangers: Benita Luckmann on New School Members’ Experiences of Exile and Returning to Germany

Christopher Schlembach & Michaela Pfadenhauer (Vienna, Austria)


Greek Antique Philosophy in Alfred Schutz

Michael Hanke (Brazil)


Strange Religion. The Case of Female Mystics in Medieval Europe

Yuko Katayama (Tokyo, Japan)


Day 4, June 6, 2021

5:00 – 6:00 AM

Strangeness, the Body, Relationships:

Parallel Session A



The Intimate Stranger.  Notes on the Construction of Meaning in Romantic Relationships

Jochem Kotthaus (Germany)


Stranger Collaboration Through Lived Experience: Perceived Power vs. Addiction, Self-Injury, and External Pressure

Lori Davidson (Pennsylvania, USA), Jennifer Decker (Pennsylvania, USA), & Dagmara Tarasiuk (Lodz, Poland)

The Sufferings of Strangers:

Parallel Session B



Ritual Analysis: From Data to Interpretation on Case Studies in Armenia and in the Armenian Diaspora

Anush Yeghiazaryan (Konstanz, Germany)



Negotiating  “Strangeness” of Indigenous Knowledge at University – a Case Study at a Colombian University

Ann-Kathrin Geuchen (Konstanz, Germany)


6:15  – 7:15 AM

Vacancies and Opacity

Parallel Session A



The opacity of the life-world. The Experience of the Stranger in Social Interaction

Daniela Griselda López (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


On Familiarity, Strangeness, and Vacancies in Knowledge: A Schutzian Contribution to the Phenomenology of Crisis and Reflection

Simon Lafontaine (Vancouver, Canada)

Strangeness and Relevance

Parallel Session B



Strangeness and Irrelevance

Mototaka Mori (Tokyo, Japan)

7:30 – 9:30 AM

Keynote Address


Schutz’s Stranger Revisited, Thomas Eberle, University of St. Gallen (St. Gallen, Switzerland)

Day 5, June 7, 2021

5:00 – 6:30 AM

Strangers in Diverse Contexts:

Parallel Session A



Exploring the Mountains: The Commodification of a Modification of Certain Relevances by Being a Stranger

Svenja Reinhardt, & Sebastian Weste (Marburg, Germany)


Trust and the Virtual Environment, The Lived Experience

Marya L. Wilson (Menomonie, U.S.A)

Strangers and Race:

Parallel Session B



Humor, Race, and In-Groups/Out-Groups

Michael Barber (Saint Louis, U.S.A.)


Vacancies and Race”: How Contemporary Discussions of Race Exemplify the Schutzian Concept of Vacancies or the Domain of the Unknown

Sullivan McCormick (Saint Louis, U.S.A.)



7:00 – 8 AM


The Liminal and the Stranger


An Invitation to the Jam: Engaging Co-Constructive and Collaborative Possibilities through Ways of Being Together in an Ongoing Liminal State

Barton Buechner, Ann Ritter, & Rik Spann (Fielding Graduate University)


The Refugee as Stranger: An Ethics of Liminality

Erik Garrett, (Pittsburgh, U.S.A.)

8:15 – 9:15

Business Meeting