Women in Early Phenomenology
  • introduction

    The purpose of this project is to shed new light on the lives and work of the women who took part in the early phenomenological movement, with particular focus on Edith Stein, Hedwig Conrad-Martius, and Gerda Walther. The recent resurgence of interest in the history of the phenomenological movement has shown that these women were not marginal figures, but important contributors to the development of phenomenology. Researchers have also unearthed the names of other female students of Husserl, Th. Lipps, and Pfänder, whose relations to phenomenology deserve further consideration. A number of these women stand out, such as Erika Gothe and Margarete Ortmann (who studied in Göttingen), Margarete Calinich and Else Voigtländer (Munich), and Erica Sehl and Amalie Jaegerschmid (Freiburg).

    Current research at the Center HWPS focuses on the unpublished writings of Hedwig Conrad-Martius and Gerda Walther. Our aim is to publish new, critical editions of some of their key texts, which will include relevant supplementary materials from their literary estates. We are also attempting to map the early phenomenological movement, looking at the place of women in this intellectual and social network.

    RESEARCH
    ASSOCIATE

    Rodney K.B. Parker
    rodney.parker@uni-paderborn.de


  • Research Journal
  • Project Overview

    Transcription and Translation

    • Researchers at the Center HWPS are currently transcribing unpublished manuscripts from the literary estates of Hedwig Conrad-Martius and Gerda Walther (see the Manuscript Index below). Manuscripts, correspondence, and other archival materials that are identified as having scientific or historical value are being prepared for publication in appropriate venues. Researchers interested in these transcriptions are encouraged to contact Rodney Parker to arrange a visit to the Center.
    • We are also translating selected writings by women phenomenologists from German into English. The publication of these translations will make their thought available to a wider philosophical audience, and promote their inclusion in contemporary phenomenological literature.

    Book Projects

    • There are numerous book projects currently in preparation by researchers and affiliated members of the Center HWPS. These include collected volumes dealing with the thought of the women in early phenomenology, as well as critical editions of previously published works by Hedwig Conrad-Martius and Gerda Walther that will contain relevant supplementary materials from the Nachlässe.

    Digital Archive and Library

    • With the support of the Bavarian State Library and the heirs of the literary estates of Hedwig Conrad-Martius and Gerda Walther, the Center HWPS is creating a Digital Archive of material from these women.
    • Our researchers are also creating comprehensive bibliographies for all the women associated with the phenomenological movement. So far, our Digital Library contains over 400 books and articles, many of which are fully searchable.
    • We are always on the lookout for relevant material to add to our archive. If you have additional material (letters, photographs, etc.) that you would like to donate to our archive, please contact us!

    Network mapping

    • Using various archival materials, researchers at the Center HWPS are mapping the early phenomenological movement, with specific emphasis on the lives and works of women in phenomenology and phenomenological psychology. The data we are collecting will eventually be used to create visualization and reference tools for interested scholars and students.
  • Manuscript Index

    Nachlass Hedwig Conrad-Martius

    The Nachlass (ˈnaːxlas; literary estate) of Hedwig Conrad-Martius is held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) in Munich, and catalogued under the signature Conrad-Martiusiana. It is comprised of 47 large and 8 smaller boxes of manuscripts, lecture notes, photographs, correspondence, etc., as well as her personal philosophical library.

    A complete description (in German) of Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ literary estate can be found in Eberhard Avé-Lallemant’s Die Nachlässe der Münchener Phänomenologen in der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek (1975), which you can access online here.

    Conrad-Martiusiana

    A. Manuscripts (Manuskripte)

    B. Notes and Commentary (Exzerpte und Literaturangaben)

    C. Correspondence (Korrespondenz)

    D. Personalia

    E. Articles and reviews about Conrad-Martius (Artikel und Rezensionen über Conrad-Martius)

    F. Manuscripts by other authors (Fremde Manuskripte)

    G. Reprints and newspaper-clippings of other authors (Fremde Sonderdrucke und Zeitungsausschnitte)

    H . Personal Library (Bibliothek)

    Nachlass Gerda Walther

    The Nachlass of Gerda Walther is divided between the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) in Munich (signature Ana 317) and the Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene (IGPP) in Freiburg. Ana 317 is comprised of 130 large boxes and 20 additional folders. The collection at the IGPP contains a small portion of Walther’s personal correspondence.

    Ana 317 – Walther, Gerda

    A. Manuscripts (Manuskripte)

    B. Personalia

    C. Correspondence (Briefe)

    D. Material on Parapsychology (Material zur Parapsychologie)

    E. Philosophy and Science (Archiv zu Philosophie und Wissenschaften)

    F. Contemporary History (Archiv zur Zeitgeschichte)

    G. Reprints (Sonderdrucke)

    H. Personal Library (Bibliothek)

    I. Newspapers (Zeitschriften)

    Nachlass Edith Stein

    The Nachlass of Edith Stein is kept at the Edith-Stein-Archiv, Karmel Maria vom Frieden, in Cologne. Between 2005 and 2007, the manuscripts of Stein (approximately 22,000 folios) were digitized, stored on microfilms, and catalogued in an electronic database which is searchable on-site.

  • Affiliated Researchers
  • introduction

    The purpose of this project is to shed new light on the lives and work of the women who took part in the early phenomenological movement, with particular focus on Edith Stein, Hedwig Conrad-Martius, and Gerda Walther. The recent resurgence of interest in the history of the phenomenological movement has shown that these women were not marginal figures, but important contributors to the development of phenomenology. Researchers have also unearthed the names of other female students of Husserl, Th. Lipps, and Pfänder, whose relations to phenomenology deserve further consideration. A number of these women stand out, such as Erika Gothe and Margarete Ortmann (who studied in Göttingen), Margarete Calinich and Else Voigtländer (Munich), and Erica Sehl and Amalie Jaegerschmid (Freiburg).

    Current research at the Center HWPS focuses on the unpublished writings of Hedwig Conrad-Martius and Gerda Walther. Our aim is to publish new, critical editions of some of their key texts, which will include relevant supplementary materials from their literary estates. We are also attempting to map the early phenomenological movement, looking at the place of women in this intellectual and social network.

    RESEARCH
    ASSOCIATE

    Rodney K.B. Parker
    rodney.parker@uni-paderborn.de


  • Research Journal
  • Project Overview

    Transcription and Translation

    • Researchers at the Center HWPS are currently transcribing unpublished manuscripts from the literary estates of Hedwig Conrad-Martius and Gerda Walther (see the Manuscript Index below). Manuscripts, correspondence, and other archival materials that are identified as having scientific or historical value are being prepared for publication in appropriate venues. Researchers interested in these transcriptions are encouraged to contact Rodney Parker to arrange a visit to the Center.
    • We are also translating selected writings by women phenomenologists from German into English. The publication of these translations will make their thought available to a wider philosophical audience, and promote their inclusion in contemporary phenomenological literature.

    Book Projects

    • There are numerous book projects currently in preparation by researchers and affiliated members of the Center HWPS. These include collected volumes dealing with the thought of the women in early phenomenology, as well as critical editions of previously published works by Hedwig Conrad-Martius and Gerda Walther that will contain relevant supplementary materials from the Nachlässe.

    Digital Archive and Library

    • With the support of the Bavarian State Library and the heirs of the literary estates of Hedwig Conrad-Martius and Gerda Walther, the Center HWPS is creating a Digital Archive of material from these women.
    • Our researchers are also creating comprehensive bibliographies for all the women associated with the phenomenological movement. So far, our Digital Library contains over 400 books and articles, many of which are fully searchable.
    • We are always on the lookout for relevant material to add to our archive. If you have additional material (letters, photographs, etc.) that you would like to donate to our archive, please contact us!

    Network mapping

    • Using various archival materials, researchers at the Center HWPS are mapping the early phenomenological movement, with specific emphasis on the lives and works of women in phenomenology and phenomenological psychology. The data we are collecting will eventually be used to create visualization and reference tools for interested scholars and students.
  • Manuscript Index

    Nachlass Hedwig Conrad-Martius

    The Nachlass (ˈnaːxlas; literary estate) of Hedwig Conrad-Martius is held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) in Munich, and catalogued under the signature Conrad-Martiusiana. It is comprised of 47 large and 8 smaller boxes of manuscripts, lecture notes, photographs, correspondence, etc., as well as her personal philosophical library.

    A complete description (in German) of Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ literary estate can be found in Eberhard Avé-Lallemant’s Die Nachlässe der Münchener Phänomenologen in der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek (1975), which you can access online here.

    Conrad-Martiusiana

    A. Manuscripts (Manuskripte)

    B. Notes and Commentary (Exzerpte und Literaturangaben)

    C. Correspondence (Korrespondenz)

    D. Personalia

    E. Articles and reviews about Conrad-Martius (Artikel und Rezensionen über Conrad-Martius)

    F. Manuscripts by other authors (Fremde Manuskripte)

    G. Reprints and newspaper-clippings of other authors (Fremde Sonderdrucke und Zeitungsausschnitte)

    H . Personal Library (Bibliothek)

    Nachlass Gerda Walther

    The Nachlass of Gerda Walther is divided between the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) in Munich (signature Ana 317) and the Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene (IGPP) in Freiburg. Ana 317 is comprised of 130 large boxes and 20 additional folders. The collection at the IGPP contains a small portion of Walther’s personal correspondence.

    Ana 317 – Walther, Gerda

    A. Manuscripts (Manuskripte)

    B. Personalia

    C. Correspondence (Briefe)

    D. Material on Parapsychology (Material zur Parapsychologie)

    E. Philosophy and Science (Archiv zu Philosophie und Wissenschaften)

    F. Contemporary History (Archiv zur Zeitgeschichte)

    G. Reprints (Sonderdrucke)

    H. Personal Library (Bibliothek)

    I. Newspapers (Zeitschriften)

    Nachlass Edith Stein

    The Nachlass of Edith Stein is kept at the Edith-Stein-Archiv, Karmel Maria vom Frieden, in Cologne. Between 2005 and 2007, the manuscripts of Stein (approximately 22,000 folios) were digitized, stored on microfilms, and catalogued in an electronic database which is searchable on-site.

  • Affiliated Researchers