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Visiting Fellows Program

Beginning 2024, the DIAS-MoCS Fellowship is part of a broader fellowship call run through the the DIAS Interdisciplinary Phenomenology Cluster. The 2024 call can be found here.

The DIAS-MoCS Visiting Junior Fellowship in Applied Phenomenology provides funding for junior scholars to spend a month at University of Southern Denmark.

During their stay, fellows prepare applications for external postdoctoral funding, with the aim of securing a postdoctoral position at SDU. The fellowship is intended for researchers who would like to work at the intersection of philosophical phenomenology and qualitative research methods.

Brief profiles of the 2022 and 2023 fellows can be found below.


If you have any questions about your application, please direct them to Anthony Vincent Fernandez,

Bios for DIAS-MoCS Visiting Junior Fellows 2023

Em Walsh

Em Walsh is a postdoctoral fellow at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests are centered around topics on madness, marginalization, and memory. During her visiting fellowship at the University of Southern Denmark, she developed a project on intrusive memories and post-traumatic stress disorder, which aims to explore how future and past orientations can become distorted as a result of PTSD. She found the visiting fellowship at SDU to be an excellent opportunity to be able to collaborate with researchers from interdisciplinary backgrounds on the topic of traumatic experience and form new friendships with early career scholars from around the globe.

Marcelo Vieira Lopes

Marcelo Vieira Lopes is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Federal University of Santa Maria. He is currently working on topics at the intersection of phenomenology, philosophy of emotions, and philosophy of psychiatry. During his junior fellowship at the University of Southern Denmark, he developed a project on the phenomenology of psychopharmacological intervention, which aims to apply both qualitative and philosophical methods to assess the subjective impacts of taking psychopharmaceuticals. He hopes to use insights to develop a new understanding of how patients experience recovery in psychiatric care.

Catherine Fullarton

Catherine Fullarton is completing her PhD in Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Her research is interdisciplinary and historically-informed, examining empathy and its cultivation through phenomenology and Aristotelian moral psychology. During her visiting fellowship at the University of Southern Denmark, she developed a project to research surgeons' experiences of empathy and embodiment. This project aims to provide insight into experiences of empathy in exceptional cases where expression and behaviour are restricted, and to illuminate the intersubjective and practical or institutional structures that facilitate or, conversely, inhibit empathy in medical contexts hitherto underexplored in empathy research.


Bios for DIAS-MoCS Visiting Junior Fellows 2022

Verónica Cohen

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Verónica Cohen holds a PhD in History and Theory of Arts from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Buenos Aires and the Centre of Contemporary Arts, University of Lille. Her research is interdisciplinary, combining elements of phenomenology, dance studies, and body studies. As an artist, her work is influenced by buto dance training. During her visiting fellowship at University of Southern Denmark, she developed a project on the role of verbal expression in dance. By considering verbal expression as integral to the development of dance practices as dynamic processes, the project will help to answer two associated questions: How is verbal expression embodied? And how are dance practices shared among practitioners and outsiders? The answers to these questions will be relevant not only for dance practices, but also for sports, yoga and martial arts.

Peter Stilwell

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Peter Stilwell is a Canadian Postdoctoral Researcher at McGill University in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences - School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. Most of his research is theoretical and qualitative on the topics of pain and suffering. Recently, he developed phenomenological interests, including how one’s sense of self alters when in pain. He found the visiting fellowship at the University of Southern Denmark to be an excellent opportunity to advance his training in applied phenomenology, learn from leading experts in this area, and develop new collaborations and ideas for future research using phenomenological concepts.

Lillian Wilde

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Lillian Wilde is currently a research assistant at the International University of Applied Sciences and a visiting researcher at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is working on the phenomenology of post-traumatic experience, with a focus on intersubjectivity, alienation, empathy, and belonging. During her time as a junior fellow at the University of Southern Denmark, she developed a project on intercorporeality in the aftermath of trauma, which aims to give a nuanced and integrative account of the relational aspects of embodied experience in the aftermath of trauma. She is interested in the effects that collective embodied interventions (such as dance) may have on the wellbeing of trauma survivors.



Last Updated 06.11.2023