2008 Conferences

Bodies in Motion: Explorations in Perception and Performance, Boca Raton, Dec. 4-5, 2008. The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton organized this conference to explore aspects of embodied perception and performance from a variety of humanistic perspectives. The conference was especially focused on research that treats the issues of embodiment, perception, and performance in connection with the arts and with somaesthetic disciplines of mindfulness. For more details on this conference click here.


The Human Nature and Self: Pragmatist Theory from European Perspectives, This conference took place in the FAU University Center Sago Palm Room from 2 - 4:30 PM on Thursday, March 20, 2008. The conference featured two international guest speakers, Kacper Bartczak and Hans-Peter Krueger
Dr. Bartczak presented a paper on "Self-creation and Creative Strategies in Neo-pragmatist Philosophy and the Poetry of John Ashbery." 
Dr. Krueger presented a paper entitled, "On Human Nature: Dewey's and Plessner's Philosopical Anthropologies." 
Discussion followed the papers, along with a response from Dr. Richard Shusterman, Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities.

Revisiting the French Connection 
This international, bilingual conference on French philosophy and contemporary art took place December 3 and 4, 2007. For more information, click here (for English) ou cliquer (pour français).


Minding the Body: Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives 
This inaugural conference of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture took place March 29 and 30, 2007 in FAU's room PA 101. After an introduction by Richard Shusterman on Thursday, Arthur C. Danto, Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University and Art Critic for The Nation, delivered a keynote presentation on "The Body in Philosophy and Art." 
Friday's presentations included the following: Mark Johnson (U of Oregon) on "The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetic Dimensions of Human Understanding"; Mark Csikszentmihalyi (U of Wisconsin at Madison) on "Material Virtue: Ethics and the Body in Early China"; Shaun Gallagher (U of Central Florida) on "Pathologies of the Lived Body"; Jane Caputi (Florida Atlantic U) on "The Pornography of Everyday Life"; and Marlaine Smith (Florida Atlantic U) on "Touch as Therapy"; as well as commentary and full-panel discussion with additional faculty, including Kenneth Holloway (Florida Atlantic U)