In the hope of having an in-person conference as has been our annual traditional since 2007, the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton) is postponing its 2021 conference on “Bodies of Power: Somaesthetics and Politics,” originally scheduled for February 25-26. The new conference dates are November 4-5. We reissue below the original call for papers, but with the new submission deadline of August 20, 2021. Persons who have already submitted proposals need not resubmit them but may substitute a different proposal if they so choose. You will be notified on September 20th about the status of your proposals. 


 NEW: [Reissued Call for Papers]

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture will host a two-day conference, November 4-5 2021, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, 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.

Please email your abstract and CV to both shuster1@fau.edu and khollow4@fau.edu .  In addition, to aid in our tracking of submissions, we request that you also fill out the following Registration Form.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is August 20,2021. Notifications of acceptances will be sent out September 20th, 2021.

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