Next Call For Participation in the 4th Conference on "Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind" 2023
The next call will be published here in February 2022
NEW CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS (CALL FOR CHAPTERS IN EDITED VOLUME)
Testing Embodied Cognition: 1st Workshop (A. Scarinzi)
CALL FOR PROPOSALS (Closed)
1st Workshop: “Meaningful Relations” – Meeting the iCub Robot: Human-Robot-Interaction”
Speaker: Alessandra Sciutti (ERC Project Whisper; iit – istituto italiano di technologia di Genova – Italy)
When: 14th November 2019
Where: Uni Göttingen, Germany
The embodied mind or embodied cognition thesis appeals to the idea that cognition deeply depends on aspects of the agent's body other than the brain. Embodied cognitive science aims to understand the full range of perceptual, cognitive, and motor capacities we possess, cognition in the broad sense, as capacities that are dependent upon features of the physical body. According to Varela et al. (1993), Di Paolo et al. (2010), Fuchs (2018), embodiment means that mind is inherent in the precarious, active, normative, and worldful process of animation. This means that the body is not a puppet controlled by the brain but a whole animate system with many autonomous layers of self-constitution, self-coordination, and self-organization and varying degrees of openness to the world that create its sense-making activity.
According to embodied cognition, a baby, for example, learns many cognitive skills by interacting with its environment and other humans, using its limbs and senses. Consequently, its internal model of the world is largely determined by the form of the human body. The embodied approach to cognition was tested within the iCub project. The iCub is a humanoid robot that allows cognitive learning scenarios to be acted out by an accurate reproduction of the perceptual system and articulation of a small child so that it could interact with the world in the same way that such a child does. In other words, it is believed that human-like manipulation plays a vital role in the development of human cognition.
Within this workshop, we would like to discuss the argument that the motor system influences our cognition and the question of how embodied cognition can be tested. The iCub project will be one of the topics.
More precisely, we look for cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary contributions (not only from philosophy and the cognitive sciences but from all disciplines) dealing with
- the sensorimotor approach to consciousness (sensorimotor contingency theory)
- the mirror neuron system, representations, and embodied simulation
- the mirror neurons as neural resonance system and the brain
- HCI and the embodied approach to emotions
- participatory sense-making and HCI
Contributions from all disciplines are welcome.
Please send your proposal (300 words) to the organizer and scientific coordinator: Alfonsina Scarinzi, Dr. phil firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 20th August 2019.
Reevaluating Aesthetics. Towards Enactive Aesthetics (PI: Dr. A. Scarinzi)
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Deadline for submission: 12th June 2019 (CLOSED)
3rd Conference on Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind
29th - 30th August 2019
GAUG Göttingen - Germany
P. Määttänen - (University of Helsinki) - Body-Language Continuity via Non-linguistic Meanings
A. Schiavio - (University of Graz) - From Action to Musical Experience. A ‘4E' Proposal.
M. Tessarolo - (University of Padova) - Continuity between subjective and objective feeling as a push for creativity and sociality
A. Grieser - (Trinity College Dublin) - Visioneering Future Beings – Transhuman subjectivities in the light of an Aesthetics of Religion
J. Lindblom (School of Informatics - University of Skövde, Sweden) - On the nature of aesthetic and emotionally embodied experience in sense-making practices
A. Scarinzi (University of Goettingen - Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind Project) - Neither Art Theory Nor Neuroaesthetics, Neither Umbrella Term Nor Buzzword: What Does "Enactive Aesthetics" Mean?
"Feeling Sense-Making, Enacting Meaning: The Lived Unity of an Experience and the Mind-Body-Language Continuity"
The aim of this conference is to put into focus the role of embodied cognitive-emotional and linguistic sense-making in our being sensitive to multiple domains of meanings in the sensorimotor and social interaction with the environment.
In enactive cognitive science, bodily sense-making is the feel of the cognitive-emotional qualitative dimension of an adaptation to environmental factors the organism interacts with and has a participatory character in social interaction. Recent studies in neuroscience and philosophy of mind (Fuchs 2018; Di Paolo et al. 2018) highlight the role of the subjective and intersubjective embodied evaluation of sense-making in experiencing the bodily conditions of meaning constitution in social interaction and in the constitution of shared reality in our sensorimotor engagement with the world. Moreover, they support the view that human experience relies on mind-body-language continuity. Human embodiment involves a special kind of autonomy acquired via incorporation of linguistic habits of sense-making we become sensitive to. We are sensitive to multiple registers and domains of meaning at once when we co-determine and make sense of the environment and of the interaction with the others.
This conference highlights the enactive relation between subjectivity, intersubjectivity and sensorimotor coupling with the environment in the constitution of an experience. According to John Dewey, an experience has a unity. The existence of this unity is constituted by a single quality that pervades the entire experience in spite of the variation of its constituent parts. The capacity of experience to mean and to become an experience is realized through a consummatory process of bodily sense-making and completes itself. Such an experience is aesthetic for it conveys a feeling of wholeness.
The submission of contributions that highlight enactive sense-making in the lived process of meaning generation in experiencing interactions and the embodied quality of an experience is encouraged.
The conference welcomes contributions from the following disciplines:
Artificial Intelligence and human cognition
Music and the Cognitive Sciences
Philosophy of emotion
Philosophy of mind
Psychology of aesthetics
Please send your abstract (max. 300 words) not later than 12th June 2019 to alfonsinascarinzi[at]googlemail.com
Dr. Alfonsina Scarinzi
Bottineau, D. (2012). Remembering Voice Past: Languaging as an embodied interactive cognitive technique. E.I. Pivovar. Conference on Interdisciplinarity in Cognitive Science Research, Apr. 2012, Moscou, Russia. Moscow: RGGU [Russian State University for the Humanities], 194-219
Di Paolo, E.A., Cuffari, E. C., De Jaegher, H. (2018). Linguistic Bodies. The Continuity between Life and Language. MIT Press
Thomas Fuchs (2018). Ecology of the Brain (International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry), OUP
Alfonsina Scarinzi (ed.) (2015), Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy, Contributions to Phenomenology, Vol. 73, Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht
Schiavio, A., van der Schyff, D., Cespedes-Guevara, J. & Reybrouck, M. (2017). Enacting musical emotions. Sense-making, dynamic systems, and the embodied mind. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 16(5), 785-809
Steiner, P. (2014). Enacting anti-representationalism. The scope and the limits of enactive critiques of representationalism, AVANT, 2, 2014, 43 – 86
John T. Haworth - New Beginning