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2013 Body and Technology: Instruments of Somaesthetics Conference Report

posted Feb 4, 2013, 8:41 AM by somaesthetics

Dear Somaesthetics Group Members,

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture held our conference, “Body and Technology: Instruments of Somaesthetics,” from January 24 to 25, at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. It was a stimulating and productive two days. Scholars and researchers from Australia, Sweden, England, Ireland, Denmark, Canada, Norway, Taiwan, and the United States gathered to discuss a wide range of technology-related topics from the perspective of the body—such topics as nanotechnology, computer-interactive design, athletic and cosmetic enhancements, Daoist technologies of the self, the systems theory of Niklas Luhmann, nineteenth-century experimental techniques, new technologies in the visual arts and cinema, music, courtroom practices, and e-learning. We would like to express our gratitude to all who participated for the opportunity to learn from such an impressive collection of projects.

John Golden
Associate Director
Center for Body, Mind, and Culture
Florida Atlantic University

Thinking Through the Body: Essays in Somaesthetics

posted Oct 19, 2012, 8:44 AM by somaesthetics   [ updated Nov 5, 2012, 9:15 AM ]

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce that Richard Shusterman's new book, Thinking Through the Body: Essays in Somaesthetics, has just been published this month by Cambridge University Press. The publisher is offering a special introductory discount of 20%.

Readers in Europe may place an order from the British office of Cambridge University Press and receive the discount through October 31, 2012: www.cambridge.org/somaesthetics <http://www.cambridge.org/somaesthetics>. At checkout, enter the discount code SOMA88.

The New York office of Cambridge University Press will offer the discount until the end of December, 2012. To order with the discount from the New York office (where you can also get a 20% discount on Body Consciousness) enter discount code SHUSTERMAN 12 at checkout.

If you are interested in reviewing the book for a scholarly journal or newspaper, please have that publication contact the press for a review copy.

Upcoming Lectures by Richard Shusterman

posted Jun 11, 2012, 9:08 AM by somaesthetics   [ updated Jun 15, 2012, 10:16 AM ]

Dr. Shusterman will present "Muscle Memory and the Somaesthetic Pathologies of Everyday Life"June 19th, 2012 at The University of Tokyo. He will also present "What Pragmatism Means to Me" on June 20, 2012 at Nihon University, Tokyo; "Pragmatism, Somaesthetics and Contemporary Art" June 21, 2012 at Keio University, Tokyo; "Somaesthetics and Design: Implications for Human Computer Interactivity" June 22, 2012 at the University of Tokyo (Hongo campus); and "Pragmatism, Somaesthetics and Contemporary Art" June 26, 2012 at the Seoul Museum of Art.

Dr. Shusterman will be the keynote speaker at "The Aesthetics of Embodiment: Forms of Knowledge and Bodily Communication" conference in Berlin, July 13th and 14th, 2012. Click Here for more information.

Dr. Shusterman will be presenting the keynote lecture at the "Rethinking Pragmatist Aesthetics," August 31st at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Wroclaw Campus. Click Here for more information. Abstracts due no later than May 15th, 2012.

Dr. Shusterman will be the keynote speaker at the "Diversities of Body and Movement Expression" Conference in Berlin, on September 7th and 8th, 2012. More information forthcoming.

Dr. Shusterman will be the keynote speaker at the "Ethics in Aesthetics" conference organized by the European Dance House Network and the Research institute Arts and Society of the Fontys Hogeschool for the Arts in Tilburg, Netherlands on October 2nd through the 4th. More information forthcoming.

Conference and Art Show in Paris

posted Apr 18, 2012, 8:43 AM by somaesthetics

The Université Paris 1 ‒ Panthéon Sorbonne will be holding a one-day conference, on May 25th, 2012, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Richard Shusterman’s Pragmatist Aesthetics: Living Beauty, Rethinking Art. To accompany the conference and trace the impact of Shusterman’s work not only in aesthetics, philosophy, and the human sciences but also in contemporary art, the Sorbonne will also be organizing an art show.

This twofold project is organized by the Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Faculty of Arts Plastiques et Sciences de l’Art (UMR ACTE, Arts ‒ Créations ‒ Théories ‒ Esthétiques). French institutional partners in the project include the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Faculty of Philosophy (Equipe de recherche Philosophies Contemporaines) and the Ecole Normale Supérieure d’Ulm: Centre International de Recherches en Philosophie, Lettres, Savoirs. The project is also supported by other international partners: Peking University’s Center for Aesthetics and Aesthetic Education; China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) and Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.

For more information, please see the following website: http://www.fau.edu/bodymindculture/Conferences.php

New Article on Somaesthetics: Between Embodied Subjects and Objects...

posted Apr 18, 2012, 7:57 AM by somaesthetics

The following is a new publication regarding somaesthetics
which might interest you.

"Between Embodied Subjects and Objects: Narrative Somaesthetics"

Author: Marjorie Jolles

Hypatia, Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 301–318, Spring 2012

Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1527-2001.2011.01262.x/a...

Abstract: Michel Foucault's ethics of embodiment, focusing upon care
of the self, has motivated feminist scholars to pursue promising
models of embodied resistance to disciplinary normalization. Cressida
Heyes, in particular, has advocated that these projects adopt
practices of “somaesthetics,” following a program of body
consciousness developed by Richard Shusterman. In exploring
Shusterman's somaesthetics proposal, I find that it does not account
for the subjective challenges of resisting normalization. Based on
narrative theories of subjectivity, the role narrative plays in
normalization, and a commitment to developing concrete, feminist
practices of embodied ethics, I develop a model of “narrative
somaesthetics” based on an updated consciousness-raising model that
emphasizes group heterogeneity and narrative conflict that deals with
these challenges. Through an analysis of interviews with self-
identified femme lesbians and a “female to femme” transition support
group featured in the documentary film, FtF: Female to Femme, I argue
that narrative somaesthetics enables the analytical, genealogical work
required to identify and weaken normalization's constraints on
embodied feminist ethics.

New Somaesthetics Publications

posted Apr 11, 2012, 10:15 AM by somaesthetics

The following is a new publication regarding somaesthetics which might
interest you.

Shusterman's Pragmatism: Between Literature and Somaesthetics
Edited by Dorota Koczanowicz and Wojciech Ma³ecki
Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York, NY 2012. VI, 236 pp. (Value Inquiry Book
Series 244)
ISBN: 978-90-420-3486-0 (Paper), ISBN: 978-94-012-0763-8 (E-Book)
Online info: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=VIBS+244

"This book is the first essay collection on Richard Shusterman, the
foremost representative of contemporary pragmatist aesthetics, a
philosopher whose books have been translated into more than fifteen
languages. The 12 essays, which cover the wide-ranging scope of
Shusterman's pragmatist thought, divide into three sections: Literary
Theory and Philosophy of Art; Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, and
Politics; and Somaesthetics. Written by an international group of
authors from different philosophical perspectives, the book's essays
not only provide a good introduction to Shusterman's innovative
pragmatist theories, but show their useful applications to important
and controversial topics in philosophy, politics, religious and gender
studies, the arts, and somaesthetics. The book also includes two new
texts by Shusterman: an introductory essay in which he explains the
trajectory of his intellectual development and a detailed response to
the other contributors, which closes the book."

We should also mention the following monograph on Shusterman's
pragmatism, which contains a chapter on somaesthetics.

Embodying Pragmatism: Richard Shusterman's Philosophy and Literary

Author: Malecki, Wojciech
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien,
2010. 202 pp.(Literary and Cultural Theory - Volume 34)
ISBN 978-3-631-61217-0 (hardback) , ISBN 978-3-653-00107-5 (eBook)
Online info:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Embodying-Pragmatism-Shustermans-Philosophy-Lit...

"Embodying Pragmatism is the first monograph in English devoted to
Richard Shusterman, an internationally renowned philosopher and one of
today's most innovative thinkers in pragmatism and aesthetics. The
book presents a comprehensive account of Shusterman's principal
philosophical ideas concerning pragmatism, aesthetics, and literary
theory (including such themes as interpretation, aesthetic experience,
popular art, and human embodiment - culminating in his proposal of a
new discipline called <<somaesthetics>>). As Shusterman's philosophical
writings involve a dialogue with both analytic and continental
traditions, this monograph not only offers a critical vision of
contemporary pragmatist thought but also situates Shusterman and
pragmatism within the current state of theory."

Shusterman in Lyon

posted Mar 5, 2012, 5:47 AM by somaesthetics

Dr. Shusterman will present "La somaesthétique : généalogie, enjeux et nouvelles perspectives" through The Université Lumière Lyon 2 on March 9th in Lyon. Please see the links for more information.

Somesthetics Essay Prize Contest

posted Feb 1, 2012, 8:35 AM by somaesthetics

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce its first annual Somaesthetics Essay Prize competition. The award for the 2012 prize will be $500. Essays should be academic in style and focus on the interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics from such perspectives as philosophy, aesthetics, art history and theory, literary and cultural studies, dance, design, music, theatre, cognitive science, gender and sexuality studies, sports, movement, and health studies. The prize essay will be recommended for publication in an upcoming special issue of the philosophical journal Pragmatism Today on somaesthetics.

Submissions should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words in length, including notes and references, and should be e-mailed in Word format to bodymindculture@fau.edu. The deadline for submission of essays is September 1, 2012, and the prize winner will be announced in December 2012. Essays will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary panel of judges appointed by the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture.

For more details, including bibliographies on somaesthetics, please visit http://www.fau.edu/bodymindculture/Somaesthetics_Essay_Prize.php.

Shusterman at Bowling Green

posted Jan 26, 2012, 7:19 AM by somaesthetics   [ updated Jan 26, 2012, 7:22 AM ]

Dr. Shusterman will present the lecture "Soamaethetics and Architecture: A Critical Option?" at Bowling Green State University

January 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm (reception at 6:00pm) in the BTSU Theater.

From the BGSU website:

"Professor Shusterman is the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in the Humanities and Director for the Center of Body, Mind and Culture at Florida Atlantic University. His books includeBody Consciousness (2008); Surface and Depth (2002); Performing Live (2000); Practicing Philosophy: Pragmatism and the Philosophical Life (1997); and Rethinking Art (1992, 2nd edition 2000, and already translated into twelve languages).

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Shusterman's book, Pragmatist Aesthetics: Living Beauty, Rethinking Art, in English and French publication. This book, now translated into 12 languages and into its third edition, debuted the philosophical concept of "somaesthetics"-- the idea that the body and its movements can be cultivated to enhance an aesthetic experience and that this mindfulness helps to combat the divide between the mind and the body that has increasingly become standard in our contemporary moment.  Shusterman's work will form the foundation for a seminar that I will lead on the topic as the graduate seminar in art history in Spring 2012 (ARTH 6010 Somaesthetics: Body, Art, Experience). Shusterman's visit to campus will involve a public lecture and a workshop with the students in the seminar, as well as individual meetings with interested students and faculty.

Dr. Shustermans' visit is sponsored by the Division of Art History, the School of Art, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Music, the Departments of Philosophy and American Culture Studies, and the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society. Any and all are welcome to attend the reception at 6pm outside the BTSU Theater, followed by his 7pm lecture. For such a prestigious speaker, I hope that as many students and faculty will be able to attend! For more information, please contact me at alterry@bgsu.edu"

Somaesthetics Conference in China

posted Jul 11, 2011, 6:02 PM by somaesthetics

The international conference "Somaesthetics: Contemporary Developments
and Asian Traditions" will be held July 23rd and 24th in Peking, China
at Peking University (Yannanyuan 56). The conference is organized by
Peng Feng of the Center for Aesthetics and Aesthetic Education at
Peking University with the kind support of Beijing Association of
Philosophy. The public is welcome to attend.

This international conference will focus on contemporary developments
of somaesthetics in philosophy and the arts, giving special attention
to the East-Asian context. It will also mark the occasion of the
Chinese translation of Richard Shusterman’s Body Consciousness: A
Philosophy of Mindfulness and Somaesthetics, published by The
Commercial Press.  Richard Shusterman will provide a keynote lecture
at the conference, along Zhang Zailin and Peng Feng who have helped
make somaesthetics a popular idea in contemporary Chinese philosophy,
culture, and art.

For more information on the conference please visit
http://www.fau.edu/humanitieschair/Lectures.php. For an updated
program or for other questions please contact Li Shuai
<lishuai604@126.com> or consult the conference webpage http://www.caae.pku.edu.cn/

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