The second meeting of the Organization of Phenomenological Organizations was held during August 15-20, 2005 at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú under the leadership of Rosemary R.P. Lerner, to whom all are deeply grateful. She had support from the Executive Committee and from the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology, Inc. Click here to view the Lima Program. Click here to view pictures of the OPO-2 meeting.
At this time 127 phenomenological organizations have been identified across the planet. Of these, 59 have paid dues and are thus formal member organizations. Of the formal member organizations, 30 sent one or two representatives to the Lima meeting, for a total of 46 speakers. According to region, the 30 organizations represented are 12 from Latin America, 8 from Europe, 6 from North America, and 4 from Asia.
Besides the rich program of presentations and discussion there were preliminary regional meetings of representatives to discuss matters of general as well as regional concern and to develop motions for the agenda of the general business meeting.
At the first meeting of the O.P.O. in Prague three years ago votes were taken to found the organization and to establish the brief constitution and an Executive Committee. With the regional meetings OPO-2 has become more democratic. Nine motions were passed unanimously at the general business meeting [comments have been added to increase clarity for colleagues not in Lima]:
(1.) that the previously distinguished two European regions be merged into one European region extending from Iceland to the Russian Federation [the previous distinction between Western and Eastern Europe has come to be seen as obsolete and counterproductive];
(2.) that there be two representatives from each of the four regions to the Executive Committee [previously there had been one representative from each of five regions; two can better share the work of organizing their regions; a motion will be developed by the Executive Committee for consideration at OPO-3 by which the regional representatives to the Executive Committee will have staggered six-year terms, one representative for each region being replaced every three years];
(3.) that the following colleagues be elected as the regional representatives composing the Executive committee,
Asia: CHEUNG, Chan-Fai and YU, Chung-Chi
Europe: Ion Copoeru and Hans Rainer Sepp
Latin America: Zeljko Loparic and Roberto Walton
North America: Lester Embree and Thomas Nenon;
(4.) that the annual dues for each organization be raised from 25 to 30 dollars/euros per year [this will begin in 2006, so the old rate can be paid until the end of 2005];
(5.) that the face of the ancient Greek coin from Metapontum with the head of barley become the permanent logo of the O.P.O., with additional particular logos selected by the local coordinator of each triennial meeting [the well received image was originally the logo solely for the Lima meeting];
(6.) that Chinese and Portuguese be added to the languages of O.P.O., which are currently English, French, German, and Spanish (texts in English to be available at meetings for all presentations) [the question of languages will certainly discussed further at the next meeting];
(7.) resolved, that the O.P.O. encourages the effort to hold an all-Europe conference (Iceland to the Russian Federation) with the hope of establishing a regional organization [there are regional organizations for Latin America and East Asia already];
(8.) resolved, that the O.P.O. encourages the effort to form a circum-Mediterranean (Portugal and Morocco to Lebanon and Romania) phenomenological society [the Black Sea considered part of the same water system as the Mediterranean]; and
(9.) that the third meeting of the Organization of Phenomenological Organizations be held during 2008 in Hong Kong with CHEUNG, Chan-Fai as the local coordinator.
For the Executive Committee
September 21, 2005