Martin Nitsche & Vít Pokorný

Soundscape Phenomenology (round table)

The round table discussion will introduce participants to the research project Phenomenological Explorations of Sound Environments by Czech phenomenologists Martin Nitsche and Vít Pokorný. Each of them pursues the question of sound environments from their own specific perspective. Martin Nitsche focuses on the topology of sound environments and the awareness of our relationship to place through hearing. Vít Pokorný’s multidisciplinary approach explores the phenomenon of rhythm from the perspective of environmental studies and phenomenology.

Martin Nitsche is a senior researcher in the Department of Contemporary Continental Philosophy atthe Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. He also teaches as anassociate professor of philosophy at the Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem (CZ). Nitsche received his MA in philosophy and history from the Charles University Prague in 1999, and his PhD in philosophy in 2007 from the same university, Faculty of Arts. In 2016 he was named anassociate professor at the Charles University in Prague (“venia docendi”). 2016/17 he worked as a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Political Science. His research focuses on phenomenology, phenomenological topology (Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty), philosophy of art, aesthetics, political philosophy, theory of media, philosophy of religion. Nitsche created a “transitive-topological model of phenomenology”.

Vít Pokorný graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University and from the postgraduate course in Humanities – General Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. In addition to teaching at the KPF UJEP, he is also a member of the Department of Contemporary Continental Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy of the CAS. He has published in the field of philosophy and anthropology, and is interested in psychedelics, environmental theory and experience. He is a member of the Society for Aesthetics and a member of the research team of Strategy AV21. He is the author of the scripts Postmodern Philosophy and the book Thinking from Psychedelic Experience. Transdisciplinary Interpretations. In his work he seeks to find intersections between the scientific disciplines of philosophy, psychology, anthropology, aesthetics and ecological thinking and to find a comprehensive transdisciplinary perspective.