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Perspectives on the Body and Embodiment

Since the investigations of phenomenological theorists such as Husserl, Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger, the themes of embodiment and situatedness have enjoyed increased popularity over a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, literature, women's studies among others. Recognition that the body is not merely an appendage to the self, but rather is what opens up the possibility of meaningful subjective existence, has radically shifted the classical philosophical understanding of the body. Within popular culture this shift is reflected with an increased interest in embodiment in realms such as design, architecture, education and business.

This conference aims to explore the themes of the body and embodiment in contemporary discourse inviting papers from a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, performance studies, women's studies and literature. This unique inter-disciplinary perspective will provide a multi-faceted understanding of how Western thinking has changed with understanding the role of the body in constituting or influencing cognition, subjectivity, identity and discourse.

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Speakers
Prof. Shaun Gallagher

Prof. Shaun Gallagher
University of Central Florida
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  Dr. Margrit Shildrick
Queen’s University, Belfast
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Prof. Dermot Moran Prof. Dermot Moran
University College Dublin
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Dr. Tim Mooney Dr. Tim Mooney
University College Dublin
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Conference Organizers:
Sheena Hyland
Luna Dolezal
Connell Vaughan


Sponsors
UCD School of Philosophy
UCD College of Human Sciences

 

Perspectives on the Body and Embodiment

Since the investigations of phenomenological theorists such as Husserl, Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger, the themes of embodiment and situatedness have enjoyed increased popularity over a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, literature, women's studies among others. Recognition that the body is not merely an appendage to the self, but rather is what opens up the possibility of meaningful subjective existence, has radically shifted the classical philosophical understanding of the body. Within popular culture this shift is reflected with an increased interest in embodiment in realms such as design, architecture, education and business.

This conference aims to explore the themes of the body and embodiment in contemporary discourse inviting papers from a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, performance studies, women's studies and literature. This unique inter-disciplinary perspective will provide a multi-faceted understanding of how Western thinking has changed with understanding the role of the body in constituting or influencing cognition, subjectivity, identity and discourse.

Call for Papers

Please send abstracts which explore the theme of embodiment and the body from a particular contemporary perspective. Abstracts welcome from Graduate Students working in Philosophy, Psychology, Women's Studies, Cognitive Science, Performance Studies and other relevant disciplines. Please prepare abstracts for blind review, as a Word or RTF attachment, including contact information in the body of the email. Abstracts should be no longer than 350 words (approximately one page) and sent to bodyconference@ucd.ie. The deadline for abstracts is March 30th, 2007.