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Understanding the body we can never know

Workshop, October 22nd-23rd, 2012

Paris, CIUP, 17 Bd Jourdan, 75014 (website)



Organized by:

Dylan Trigg (UCD, Dublin) &

Line Ryberg Ingerslev (Århus Universitet)

Together with:

Dorothée Legrand (Archives Husserl, ENS-CNRS)





Sponsored by:

VolkswagenStiftung "European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences, and the Humanities"

Project: Narcissus and Echo: Self-Consciousness and the Intersubjective Body.

With the help of:

Manos Tsakiris (Royal Holloway University of London)


 


Argument:

How do we make sense of the fact that the body is something we control, yet at the same time it is in control of us? Despite all familiarity, the body shapes our lives in ways beyond our complete grasp. The question of which role unfamiliarity plays for our understanding of bodily ownership, bodily agency, bodily expressions and bodily self-awareness occurs in a wide field of disciplines. If the basic way we sense the body is one that opens up the world to us and makes it existentially meaningful, which is so often stated in  phenomenology, how do we do justice to the basic bodily dissonances that also shapes the way we are bodily in the world?

The workshop will engage a broad field of scientific disciplines to spell out a set of presuppositions concerning the relation between the unfamiliar body and human self-identity.

We welcome phenomenology, psychoanalysis and neuropsychology to reflect on the following:

 

1. Understanding the unfamiliar body

The unfamiliar body defies conceptual understanding. As both controlled and beyond control, the unfamiliar body is a paradox in our understanding of corporeal existence.

How does the involuntary, the anonymous, the alien and the self-dissonance that we embody shape our self-understanding?

 

2. Ownership and the unfamiliar body

The unfamiliar body throws into question the body as something belonging to the personal subject.

If the body eludes both our understanding and possession, then how can we account for the unity of selfhood?

 

3. Intersubjectivity and the unfamiliar body

How can we understand our relations to others, if the unfamiliar body throws into question the body as something belonging to the personal subject?

Does the unfamiliar body undermine the basis of intersubjectivity or otherwise disclose its vulnerability?

 






Participants :

Keynotes :

 

Pierre-Henri CASTEL

Directeur de recherche & Psychanalyste

CERMES3. Centre de recherche, médecine, sciences, santé, santé mentale, société. Paris

Website

 

Natalie DEPRAZ

Professor in Philosophy

Université de Rouen; Archives Husserl, Paris

Website


Thomas FUCHS

Karl Jaspers Professor for Philosophical Foundations of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Clinic for General Psychiatry , Center for Psychosocial Medicine, University Clinic Heidelberg

Website

 

Kirsten JACOBSON

Professor in philosophy

University of Maine, US

Website

 

Anneleen MASSCHELEIN

Assistant Professor in literary theory and cultural studies

Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Website

 

 


Commentators:

 

Felicity CALLARD, Durham University, England [link]

 

Michel CERMOLACCE, Centre Hospitalier, Universitaire de Sainte-Marguerite, Marseille, France [link]

 

Helena DE PREESTER, University College Ghent, Belgium [link]


Owen EARNSHAW, Durham University, England [link]

 

Mathias GOROG, Centre Hospitalier Sainte Anne, Paris [link]

 

Line Ryberg INGERSLEV, Århus Universitet, Århus, Denmark [link]


Dorothée LEGRAND, Archives Husserl, ENS, Paris[link]


Amanda TAYLOR AIKEN, Durham University, England [link]

 

Dylan TRIGG, University College Dublin, Ireland [link]

 

Manos TSAKIRIS, Royal Holloway University of London, England [link]



Other Participants:

 Frédéric BRIEND, Département d'Etudes Cognitives, ENS, Paris

Harry FARMER, Royal Holloway University of London, England [link]

Katerina FOTOPOULOU, King's College London, England [link]

Constance GARD, Centre de Recherches Psychanalyse, Médecine et Société, Paris 7 [link]

Lara MEISTER, Royal Holloway University of London, England [link]




Program :



 

Monday 22rd October

 

Tuesday 23th October

10:00

10:15

Welcome by

Dylan, Line & Dorothée

10:00

10:15

Morning Tea

10:15

11:00

Kirsten Jacobson

The body shaped by space: A phenomenology of containment

10:15

11:00

Thomas Fuchs

Body memory and the unconscious

11:00

11:20

Commentator A:

Owen Earnshaw

11:00

11:20

Commentator A:

Michel Cermolacce

11:20

11:40

Commentator B:

Dylan Trigg

11:20

11:40

Commentator B:

Dorothée Legrand

11:40

12:00

Tea break

11:40

12:00

Tea break

12:00

12:30

General discussion

12:00

12:30

General discussion

12:30

14:00

Lunch

12:30

14:00

Lunch

14:00

14:45

Pierre-Henri Castel

Life events, bodily agency, and delusion of reference: uneasy lessons from the long-term psychoanalytic treatment of a schizophrenic patient

14:00

14:45

Natalie Depraz

The Body of Surprise

14:45

15:05

Commentator A:

Manos Tsakiris

14:45

15:05

Commentator A:

Line Ryberg Ingerslev

15:05

15:25

Commentator B:

Felicity Callard

15:05

15:25

General discussion

15:25

15:55

General discussion

15:25

15:45

Tea break

15:55

16:15

Tea break

15:45

16:15

Concluding integration:

Helena de Preester

16:15

17:00

Anneleen Masschelein

Capturing the last moments. Twenty-first-century representations of dying

 

Goodbye

17:00

17:20

Commentator A:

Amanda Taylor

 


17:20

17:40

Commentator B:

Mathias Gorog

 


17:40

18:10

General discussion

 


18:10

19:30

Rest and reflect!

 


19:30

Drinks and dinner


 


 





 


Some readings :


 

Burwood Stephen. 2008. The apparent truth of dualism and the uncanny body. Phenom Cogn Sci. 7:263278

 

Svenaeus Fredrik. 2000. The body uncanny – Further steps towards a phenomenology of illness. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 3: 125–137.

 

de Vignemont Frédérique. 2011. Embodiment, ownership and disownership. Consciousness and Cognition, Volume 20, Issue 1, 82-93.

 

Nancy Jean-Luc. 2000. L’intrus. Editions Galilée.


Giummarra Melita et al. 2011. Body Integrity Identity Disorder: Deranged Body Processing, Right Fronto-Parietal Dysfunction, and Phenomenological Experience of Body Incongruity. Neuropsychological Review, 21: 320-333.


Waldenfels, Bernhard. 2004. Bodily experience between selfhood and otherness. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 3: 235-248.


Soler, Colette. 1995. The Body in the Teaching of Jacques Lacan. Journal of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, 6. (Spoken version).


 


Pictures: details from Hieronymus Bosch, Tuin der Lusten, 1503-4.





Practical information :


Address of the conference:

CiUP: Cité Internationale Universtaire de Paris,
17 Boulevard Jourdan, 75014, Paris
phone: 01.43.13.66.80
website
access
map

nearest public transportation:
RER B + TRAM T3 (stop: Cité Universitaire)

nearest green area:
just across the street: Parc MontSouris




Conference Room:

Room Satsuma
CiUP, Maison Internationale
(main building in front of you as you enter the campus)
Aile Ouest (on your right)
3rd floor
just follow the signs!




Address of the hotel:

Hôtel Virginia
65 rue du Père Corentin
75014 Paris
phone: 01.45.40.70.90
fax: 01.45.40.95.21
website
map

nearest public transportation:
Métro M4 + TRAM T3 (stop: Porte d'Orléans)




From airport Charles de Gaulle to the hotel:

RER B Charles de Gaulle > Cité Universitaire (direction Paris)
+
TRAM T3 Cité Universitaire  > Porte d'Orléans (direction Pont du Garigliano)




From Gare du Nord to the hotel:

RER B Gare du Nord > Cité Universitaire (direction Robinson) (20 minutes)
+
TRAM T3 Cité Universitaire  > Porte d'Orléans (direction Pont du Garigliano)




From the hôtel to the conference:

14 minutes walking distance: map
or
TRAM T3 Porte d'Orléans > Cité Universitaire (direction Porte d'Ivry)
(2 stops; 2 minutes once you're in)




Monday evening restaurant:

Le coude Fou
12 rue du Bourg Tibourg
75004 Paris
map




From the hotel to the restaurant:

Métro M4 Porte d'Orléans > Cité (nice stop)
+
walk 12 minutes: map




Useful websites:
public transportation: RATP
interactive map of metro, RER and TRAM here




Anything else?
please contact (one of) us
Line
Dylan
Dorothée