FAU Press Release

Bodies of Faith Poster 2023

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture of Florida Atlantic University invite paper proposals for a conference on “Bodies of Belief: Somaesthetics of Faith and Liberation”  that will be held  November 8-9, 2023  at FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The conference’s call for papers is as follows:

Bodies of Belief: Somaesthetics of Faith and Liberation

Human bodies are shaped not only by their genetic endowment but also by the belief frameworks of the cultures in which they develop and function. Such embodied beliefs vary from unarticulated background assumptions to ritual religious practices and explicit ideologies formulated in laws and enforced by social institutions. Our shared embodied beliefs generate collaborative action that holds our societies together. However, the beliefs we embody also transcend and defy established social norms and conventional knowledge; they include items of faith and commitment that are nonconformist or even antagonistic to the societal mainstream. More than a mere instrument of compliance or submissive worship, the soma can become a site and tool of liberation and transcultural understanding. How can somaesthetic reflection, critique, and practice transform our culturally shaped bodies from conservative repositories of entrenched habits, repressive constraints, and prejudiced attitudes to vehicles of liberation, expanded consciousness, and compassion?

The conference will explore the ways through which beliefs and their corresponding values are embodied and somatically contested or transformed in such fields as religion, ethics, politics, gender, and the arts. We therefore welcome 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 ( or in an edited book based on the conference to be published in the Brill book series Studies in Somaesthetics:

Please email your abstract and CV to both  and The deadline for submission of abstracts is  August 20, 2023. Notifications of acceptances will be sent out  September 20th, 2023.


Click here for conference program. 


Click here for conference abstracts.

Parking Information

You can register your license plate and pay online using the following link:

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The conference will take place in the Culture and Society Building (CU) in room 301. Please use the following link for a map of campus: 

Campus Map

There is metered parking available in lot 1 (5 to 10 minute walk to conference), and blue permit parking (cheaper than metered parking via the ParkMobile app) in lots 1 and 27 (10-15 minute walk to conference). Unfortunately, Parking Garage 2 will be under construction and closed at the time of our conference.  Please use the following link for a map of parking lots on campus. 

Parking Map

Hotel Reservations

Fairfield Inn & Suites Boca Raton- Airport

3400 Airport Road

Boca Raton, FL USA




Wyndham Boca Raton

1950 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL USA