The Center for Body, Mind and Culture in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters is hosting an international conference titled “Bodies in the Streets: Somaesthetics of City Life” on Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27 in the Culture and Society Building, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.
“’Bodies in the Streets’ is a strikingly provocative image but also an extremely complex and varied phenomenon in contemporary urban experience,” said Richard Shusterman, Ph.D., Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities and director of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture. “The bodies in our streets often differ dramatically in their social, political and aesthetic import – the elegant flâneur or strolling window-shopper versus the homeless beggars who make the pavement their bed, the crowds who fill the streets in protest and the patrolling law-enforcement officers who police them. If cities are shaped by human bodies, then those bodies are reciprocally shaped by the spaces, rhythms, and logics of city life. We are very pleased to bring an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars to explore the somaesthetic qualities of urban living and its growing challenges.”
Conference presenters and discussants include distinguished scholars in the arts and humanities from England, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway, Brazil and China, as well as from several American universities including the University of Virginia, University of Colorado, University of Illinois and Tulane University. This is the 12th international conference of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture since its founding in 2007.
There is no conference registration fee, however, advanced registration is advised. To register or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fau.edu/bodymindculture/Conferences.php.