Upcoming Conferences

Fall 2018 International Conference

Fall 2018 International Conference

"Zen Buddhism: Roots and Branches"

November 2-3, 2018

The Asian Studies Program and the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture of Florida Atlantic University invite paper proposals for a conference on Zen Buddhism: Roots and Branches that will be held November 2-3, 2018 at FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The conference’s call for papers is as follows:

Zen Buddhism: Roots and Branches

Today, Zen Buddhism is both a religion and a bodily practice with branches that have spread over the entire world. Its roots first developed in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE), and by the thirteenth century the tradition had spread to Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. In the modern period, the theory and practice of Zen has become prominent in Europe, the Americas, and elsewhere. This conference will provide a forum for scholars to explore both the early development and the later spread of Zen. Areas of particular interest include both ancient and modern issues related to history, ethics, aesthetics, gender, as well as pedagogy.

Abstracts of 250 words and a current CV should be sent electronically as attachments to bodymindculture@fau.edu no later than August 1, 2018. Please direct conference inquiries to the same address. Further information about the conference will be made available at http://www.fau.edu/bodymindculture, where you can also consult the programs of the Center’s prior international conferences. Prospective speakers should be notified by August 25, 2018.

Information for Lodging, Directions from Hotels to FAU, and Restaurant Suggestions can be found here. The links for each hotel are:

1. Fairfield Inn

2. Wyndham Boca Raton 

Call for Papers:

"Bodies of Design: Somaesthetic Perspectives on Technology"

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture of Florida Atlantic University invite paper proposals for a conference on “Bodies of Design: Somaesthetics Perspectives on Technology” that will be held January 24 to 25, 2019 at FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The conference’s call for papers is as follows:

There is no denying that recent developments in technology have significantly transformed our modes of communication, behavior, and experience, even to some extent the experience of our own bodies. This conference will explore issues relating to the somaesthetic dimensions of technology with particular attention to human-computer interactive design. These issues include such questions as the following.


* To what extent and in what way does our technology-saturated lifeworld require rethinking our conception of the body and the revision of aesthetic theory and practice?

* How does the study of somaesthetics inform the conceptualization, design and use of technology and how is the study of somaesthetics informed by concepts and uses of technology?

* How should somaesthetic theory and practice inform design in robotics, virtue reality, and mixed realities?

* In what ways have the contemporary arts reacted to the new technologies and their creative potential but to also their possible risks?

* How can somaesthetics help us to develop an ethical stance towards technology and its various devices and purposes? 

 
Abstracts of 250 words and a current CV should be sent electronically as attachments to bodymindculture @fau.edu no later than November 4, 2018. 


Please direct conference inquiries to the same address. Selected papers may be developed for publication in The Journal of Somaesthetics (https://journal s.aau.dk/index.php/JOS) or in an edited book based on the conference papers and published in Brill’s series Studies in Somaesthetics: https://brill.com/view/serial/ SIS


Further information about the conference will be made available at http://www.fau.edu/bodymind culture, where you can also consult the programs of the Center’s prior international conferences. Prospective speakers should be notified by early December, 2018.

 

Winter 2018 International Conference

"Somaesthetics and Chinese Culture"

December 14-15, 2018

The Center for Somaesthetics of East China Normal University (Shanghai) and the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture of Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton) invite submissions for a conference on Somaesthetics and Chinese Culture. The conference will take place at the E.C.N.U. campus in Shanghai on the dates of December 14-15, 2018.  Possible paper topics include not only somaesthetic theories and practices of classical and contemporary Chinese culture, but also the influence of Chinese philosophy and culture on the somaesthetic theories and practices in other Asian and Western cultures. 

Scholars interested in presenting a paper at the conference should submit an abstract of approximately three hundred words.

Proposals in Chinese should be sent to Professor Wang Feng, wang99feng@126.com;  proposals in English should be sent to bodymindculture@gmail.com.

Proposals should be submitted before August 1, 2018.