Archive: Project "Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind"

 



2nd Conference on Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Programme (as attached PDF file)


Call for participation: 2nd Conference "Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind" - 24th August 2015 - Birkbeck College London, UK  (CLOSED)

 

 

 

Call for Papers (this is a conference with proceedings) (CLOSED) 

Pragmatist and embodied approaches to aesthetics consider aesthetics to be the study of everything that goes into the human capacity to make and experience the bodily pre-linguistic cognitive, emotional and sensory-perceptual conditions of meaning constitution having its origins in the organic activities of living creatures and in their organism-environment transactions. The 2nd conference on “Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind” aims at highlighting the role of the interdependent relation between emotion and cognition in the bodily mediated pre-linguistic meaning constitution in aesthetic experience and perception. It aims at doing this from an anti-dualistic point of view. The rejection of the mind-body dualism and of the representationalist approaches to human cognition has led to recast the theoretical tenets of the relation between cognition and emotion in the process of meaning generation. It has contributed to the development of a truly enactive approach to emotions. The enactive approach to emotions has emphasized that cognition and emotions are embodied and interdependent. Accordingly, bodily events are constitutive of appraisal, both structurally and phenomenologically. Arousal needs no appraisal to be interpreted by the subject, for cognitive and emotional processes are simultaneously constrained by the global form produced by their coupling in a process of circular causality. Therefore, the emotional interpretation of a lived situation is a global state of emotion-cognition coherence. It comprises an appraisal of a situation, an affective tone, and an action plan. Emotions such as fear, joy, happiness are bodily mediated cognitive-emotional evaluations of the bodily sense-making of an adaptation to environmental factors the organism interacts with in the environment and of their viability. They allow to subjectively feel the cognitive-emotional qualitative dimension of the degree of value of our interaction with different environmental factors through the aroused lived body.

The submission of contributions that highlight the interdependent relation between emotion and cognition and the global state of emotion-cognition coherence (appraisal of a situation, an affective tone, and an action plan) in bodily sense-making in aesthetic experience and in the perception of the environment is encouraged.

The conference welcomes contributions from the following disciplines:
  • Philosophy of mind 
    Philosophy of emotion 
    Neurophenomenology
    Literary studies
    Artificial Intelligence
    Neuroscience
    Developmental psychology
    Aesthetics
    Psychology of aesthetics
    HCI
    Please send your abstract (max. 300 words) not later than 25th March 2015 to enactiveaestheticsatbirkbeck@gmail.com
    You can send your abstract in English or in German.
     
    Some references:
  • Brattico E, Pearce MT :  The Neuroaesthetics of Music. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts vol. 7, (1) 48-61 (2013)
  • Colombetti, G., Thompson, E.: The Feeling Body: Towards an Enactive Approach to Emotion. In: Overton, W.F., Müller, U., Newman, J. (eds.) Developmental Perspectives on Embodiment and Consciousness, Erlbaum (2008)
  • Colombetti, G.: Enactive Appraisal. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 6, 527– 546 (2007)
  • Correia, V.: Emotional Aspects of Neuroesthetics: A Naturalistic Approach, in Olga Pombo, Silvia di Marco and Marco Pina (Orgs.), Neuroaesthetics - Can Science Explain Art?. Colecção A Imagem na Ciência e na Arte. Lisboa: Fim de Século Editora, pp. 119-137 (2010).
  • Dewey, J.: "The Theory of Emotion. (I) Emotional Attitudes", Psychological Review 1, 553-569 (1894)
  • Dewey, J:  "The Theory of Emotion. (2) The Significance of Emotions", Psychological Review 2, 13-32 (1895)
  • Dixon, T.: "Emotion": The History of a Keyword in Crisis, Emotion Review 4,4, 338 - 344 (2012)
  • Johnson, M.: The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding. The Chicago University Press, Chicago (2007)
  • Niedenthal, P. & Dalle, N.: Le mariage de mon meilleur ami: emotional response. Categorization and naturally induced emotions. European Journal of Social Psychology 31, 737 - 742 (2001)
  • Ruby, P., and Decety, J.: How would you feel versus how do you think she would feel? A neuroimaging study of perspective taking with social emotions.” Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 16:988–99 (2004)
  • Scarinzi, A.: Grounding Aesthetic Preference in the Bodily Conditions of Meaning Constitution: Towards an Enactive Approach. The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 43, 83– 103 (2012)
     
    Organizer: Alfonsina Scarinzi, Dr. phil. alfonsinascarinzi[at]googlemail.com
 

Call for Chapters: Edited Volume


Cross-disciplinary Project: "Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind"

Editor and Project Coordinator: Alfonsina Scarinzi, Dr. phil.

 

EDITED VOLUME

 

Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy

 

 Preface by Dr. phil. Alfonsina Scarinzi (editor)

 

 

Call for Papers (CLOSED)

In his work The Meaning of the Body philosopher Mark Johnson argues that aesthetics is not just art theory. Rather, it should be considered to be the study of everything that goes into the human capacity to make and experience the bodily pre-linguistic cognitive, emotional and sensory-perceptual conditions of meaning constitution having its origins in the organic activities of living creatures and in their organism-environment transactions. In this way he rejects both the Kantian view of aesthetics according to which aesthetics is nonconceptual and incapable of giving rise to knowledge and the mind/body dichotomy that underlies it. Johnson introduces the embodied mind thesis into aesthetics.

The embodied mind thesis that is usually traced back to the work The Embodied Mind by Varela & Thompson & Rosch denies a separation of mind and body, sees meaning, reason and imagination as embodied and ties reason to emotion. In other words, experience and cognition are bodily mediated and depend on the sensorimotor capacities of individuals embedded in a biological, psychological and cultural context that interact with the environment in a relation of co-determination.

With the purpose of evaluating, exploring and putting into focus the impact of the embodied mind thesis on aesthetics as well as its breadth and relevance for the field we are creating an edited volume with the title Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind.

We seek contributions which are firmly based on the embodied mind thesis and use it as a framework for investigating the role of aesthetics in the study of how humans make and experience meaning. Papers from psychology of aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, empirical aesthetics, computational aesthetics as well as from literary aesthetics and pragmatist aesthetics are welcome.

 

We take both theoretical and empirical contributions into consideration.  The language of the proposed publication is English.

Prospective contributors are invited to send their initial proposals (500 words abstract) by March 15, 2012 to the following email address: alfonsinascarinzi[at]googlemail.com.

 

The invited essays (7500 words) are to be submitted by 15th December 2012. 

 

Contact:

 

Dr. phil. Alfonsina Scarinzi (editor)

 

alfonsinascarinzi[at]googlemail.com

 

 

 

Deadline for chapter abstract submission: 15th March 2012 (THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED)

 

Notification of acceptance (for inclusion in the review process of the volume): 22nd March 2012  (instead of 15th April 2012)

 

 

DUE TO THE HIGH INTEREST GENERATED BY THIS CALL FOR PAPERS THE NOTIFICATIONS OF ACCEPTANCE (for inclusion in the review process of the volume) OR REJECTION WERE SENT OUT ON 22nd MARCH 2012.

 

Deadline for invited chapters (for inclusion in the review process of the volume): 15th December 2012





 

Call for Participation: 1st International Conference "Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind"

1st International Conference "Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind"
26th - 28th August 2013
Organizer: Alfonsina Scarinzi, Dr. phil.
Sponsors: Fritz Thyssen Foundation and EUCog III
 

 
 Call for Participations (CLOSED)
We are pleased to invite you to participate to the International Conference “Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind”. The event will take place from 26th to 28th August 2013.

The Conference provides a unique opportunity for researchers to take part in a lively exhange of ideas within an international and interdisciplinary community of experts in aesthetics and the embodied mind thesis. (see the programme below). Its aim is to bring together and integrate the multiple and complementary ways of investigating, analyzing and discussing the refutation of the Cartesian mind-body dichotomy and its consequences for aesthetics beyond art theory. 
 
The embodied mind thesis that is usually traced back to the work The Embodied Mind by Varela & Thompson & Rosch denies a separation of mind and body, sees meaning, reason and imagination as embodied and ties reason to emotion. In other words, experience and cognition are bodily mediated and depend on the sensorimotor capacities of individuals embedded in a biological, psychological and cultural context that interact with the environment in a relation of co-determination.

Following the embodied mind thesis in his work The Meaning of the Body philosopher Mark Johnson argues that aesthetics is not just art theory. Rather, it should be considered to be the study of everything that goes into the human capacity to make and experience the bodily pre-linguistic cognitive, emotional and sensory-perceptual conditions of meaning constitution having its origins in the organic activities of living creatures and in their organism-environment transactions. 

The Conference will present and discuss cutting-edge research that highlights the link of the following research fields to the embodied  mind thesis in aesthetics: 

pragmatist aesthetics
neuroaesthetics
phenomenological aesthetics
empirical study of literary aesthetics
experimental aesthetics
psychology of aesthetics
analytical aesthetics
computational aesthetics
technology and aesthetics
robotics and aesthetics
HCI and aesthetics
Embodied emotions and aesthetics

If you are interested in the event, you can
1) send an abstract to present your work (max. 300 words), a short CV indicating your publications (where possible) and your main achievements, your affiliation and a motivation letter to the following address:
aestheticsandtheembodiedmind1[at]gmail.com

2) send your intention to take part as an auditor without presenting a paper and send your affiliation and a motivation letter to the following address:
aestheticsandtheembodiedmind1[at]gmail.com

Applicants will be chosen based on their academic qualification, motivation and scientific interest.

PLEASE NOTE:
Participants answering this Call and submitting an abstract will present their work in a thematic parallel

group work session taking place in the afternoon and called Group Work Session (see the official programme below with the

names of the invited and confirmed speakers). 
  
DEADLINE for abstract submission: 15th December 2012. THIS DEADLINE WILL NOT BE EXTENDED.

Notifications of acceptance or rejection: 5th January 2013 - 1st February 2013

Registration: Deadline 31st March 2013 (This deadline will not be extended) If you did not receive the registration form, please contact
alfonsinascarinzi[at]googlemail.com

Venue: Please contact the organizer: alfonsinascarinzi[at]googlemail.com 

Registration fee: Please contact alfonsinascarinzi[at]googlemail.com

The language of the Conference is English.



 

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Alfonsina Scarinzi,
Aug 27, 2015, 8:50 AM
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