Imagistic violence. A phenomenological approach

Project Code: PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2020-0791

Contract nr.: 89 / 09.02.2021

Principal Investigator: Dr. Habil. Cristian Ciocan, CS I

Timeframe: January 2021- December 2023

Abstract: This project aims to describe, analyse and interpret, by means of the specific conceptual tools of phenomenology, the experience of imagistic violence and its mode of constitution. Our research will seek to analyse in particular the structural changes that occur when shifting from the real and present experience of violence to the experience of imagistic violence. We will explore, on the one hand, the way in which the experience of violence is modified through the image and, on the other hand, how the pictorial experience is constituted in the particular case of displaying violence. Our goal is to identify, at the level of the experience of violent images, its distinct ways of organization, the role of the interpreting consciousness, the a priori conditions of meaning, the different regional ontologies involved. Firstly, we seek to explain how intersubjectivity, affectivity and embodiment undergo major changes in the shift from the actual experience of violence to its imagistic experience. Secondly, we aim to show how the experience of the imagistic violence is fundamentally determined in various ways by memory and phantasy. Thirdly, we will examine the multiplicity of image types pertaining to the pictorial experience of violence. This research project proposes a thorough structural and eidetic mapping of the experience of imagistic violence, offering a most needed conceptual precision and rigor, of major importance for the visual studies.


Principal Investigator


Dr. Cristian Ciocan (Habilitation University of Bucharest 2015, PhD University of Paris IV – Sorbonne 2009, PhD University of Bucharest 2006) is currently member of Doctoral School in Philosophy of the University of Bucharest, and researcher at the Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB). He is President of the Romanian Society for Phenomenology (founded in 2000), Vice-President of the Central and East European Society for Phenomenology, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Studia Phaenomenologica. He was lecturer at the University of Bucharest, Center of Excellence in Image Study (2016-2019), Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University “Albert-Ludwig” in Freiburg im Breisgau (2007-2008) and of the New Europe College (2009-2010). He is editor of the Newsletter of Phenomenology, and of the Newsletter of Romanian Philosophy. In 2009, he received the prize In hoc signo vinces for research excellence, awarded by CNCSIS (National University Research Council); in 2018, he received the prize of the Senate of the University of Bucharest for the best journal in the Humanities. Recent works: Heidegger et le problème de la mort: existentialité, authenticité, temporalité (Springer, “Phaenomenologica”, 2014); Lectures de Jean-Luc Marion (Cerf, 2016, in collaboration with Anca Vasiliu); Phénoménologie de la vie animale (Zeta Books, 2016, in collaboration with Florence Burgat). For the publications list, click here.

Experienced researchers


Dr. Christian Ferencz-Flatz (born 1981) is the Book-Review Editor of the journal Studia Phaenomenologica and starting February 2016 a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Husserl Archives (University of Cologne). He has authored five monographs: is the author of two monographs: Filmul ca situație socială. Eseuri fenomenologice, Tact, Cluj-Napoca, 2018; Sehen Als-ob. Ästhetik und Pragmatik in Husserls Bildlehre, Bautz, Nordhausen, 2016; Incursiuni fenomenologice în noul film românesc, Tact, Cluj-Napoca, 2015;  Retro. Amorse pentru o fenomenologie a trecutului (Humanitas, București, 2014); Obișnuit și neobișnuit în viața de zi cu zi: Fenomenologia situației și critica conceptului de valoare la Martin Heidegger (Humanitas, București, 2009). He has translated several works by Martin Heidegger, Edmund Husserl, Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno. His research interests include: phenomenology, critical theory, image- and film theory.


Dr. Paul Marinescu has a PhD at the University of Bucharest and the University Lyon 3 (2011), with a thesis on “The Universality of Hermeneutics”. He worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Alexandru Dragomir – Institute for Philosophy, Romania (2011–2013). He was Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the French Government (2015) and the Romanian Academy (2014–2015). He published several articles in international journals such as Ricoeur Studies, International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, Archivio di Filosofia. He co-edited two volumes of collected studies: Timp, memorie si traditie. Studii de fenomenologia istoriei (2012); Figuri ale vulnerabilitatii existentiale. De la uitarea de sine la uitarea fiintei (2013). He also co-edited Studia Phaenomenologica volume: “On the Proper Use of Phenomenology. Paul Ricoeur Centenary” (2013). He translated into Romanian several works by Paul Ricoeur, Eric de Rus, et al. His main areas of research are: Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Historiography.

Postdoctoral researcher


Dr. Remus Breazu has a PhD at the University of Bucharest. In his thesis, he reconstructed the phenomenological concept of transcendental, being focused on the philosophy of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. His main interests are phenomenology, transcendental philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, and the history of Romanian philosophy. He published recently “The Question of Violence Between the Transcendental and the Empirical Field: The Case of Husserl’s Philosophy“, Human Studies (2020) 43:159–170.