2021 Conferences


Bodies of Power Poster

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The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture of Florida Atlantic University will host a virtual two-day conference, November 4-5, 2021 on the topic "Bodies of Power: Somaesthetics and Politics."

Political regimes maintain their power and domination through control of our bodies. They do so not only by explicit acts of violence and internment, but also more insidiously by inculcating somatic norms that support obedience to the dominating political authorities and ideologies. Entire ideologies of domination can be covertly materialized and imposed by encoding them in somatic habits and norms that are taken for granted because they are presented as proper, as a strategy for evading critical consciousness. Unlike flagrant violence by political powers that can spur angry protest, political domination of this subtle somatic sort is hard to challenge because our bodies have so deeply absorbed it that it typically goes unnoticed. Any successful challenge of oppression should thus involve somaesthetic diagnosis of the bodily habits and feelings that express and reinforce such domination so that they, along with the oppressive social conditions that generate them, can be overcome. Our conference “Bodies of Power: Somaesthetics and Politics” explores the multiple ways political authorities wield their power on and through our bodies, but also the ways that we individuals and groups can find paths of emancipation through more creative, progressive somaesthetic thinking and action. The conference is open to contributions from diverse disciplinary perspectives in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

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

Please email your abstract and CV to both shuster1@fau.edu and khollow4@fau.edu. The deadline for submission of abstracts is August 20, 2021. Notifications of acceptances will be sent out September 20th, 2021.

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Bodies of Power: Somaesthetics and Politics: Conference Agenda

Bodies of Power: Somaesthetics and Politics: Press Release

Bodies of Power: Somaesthetics and Politics 

When: November 4-5, 2021
Where: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida (Due to the ongoing, COVID-19 travel restrictions the conference will be held virtually. Please register in order to receive the Zoom meeting information.)   
Keynote Speaker: Martin Jay 
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Krakow Poster 

Body and Public Space: International Conference on Somaesthetics and the Arts

When: October 15, 2021

Where: Krakow, Poland

Special Speaker: Richard Shusterman

Lecture: Soma as and in Space: Public and Private