2014 International Conference
Mindful Body in the Arts of Eating
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 2-day conference, January 23–24, 2014, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.
Eating is an essential activity for human life, and without such life there is no thought, no theory, no art. While eating is a need, knowing how to eat is often said to be an art that requires intelligence, knowledge, and imaginative creativity. As another maxim puts it: Animals feed; humans eat; and the wise know how to eat. What considerations guide our eating? How could we make them more intelligent and rewarding? A multitude of diverse factors affect our forms of eating and our choice of food: economic, medical, gustatory, ethical, social, and aesthetic. How do we balance them for a more mindful, healthier, more gratifying art of eating?
This conference will explore the art of eating by considering the different sciences and arts that examine and guide the ways we eat and drink. These include the various fields that impact gastronomical theory (from health sciences and cooking to agriculture and economics) and fields that concern the ways food and eating are represented in literature, social theory, and the arts.
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The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invited proposals for papers to be presented at a 3-day conference, January 24-26, 2013, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.
The human body is our basic instrument for life, the basis for the creation and use of all our other tools or technologies. As the body has shaped technology, so technology is increasingly reshaping the body: not only by reshaping our bodily habits through which we experience and act in the world but also through the incorporation of prosthetic devices and drug enhancements. Regarding the body as a sensitive sentient soma, rather than as a merely material machine, this conference rethinks the relationship between body and technology, focusing on such topics as human-computer interaction, robotics, medical and fitness technologies, technology and the environment, and technologies of the arts. We welcome papers from the perspectives of both the sciences and the humanities.
Conference and Art Exhibition on Pragmatist Aesthetics / L’art à l’état vif
The Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne will be holding a one-day conference, on May 25th, 2012, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Richard Shusterman’s Pragmatist Aesthetics: Living Beauty, Rethinking Art (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992), simultaneously published as L’art à l’état vif: la pensée pragmatiste et l’esthétique populaire by Minuit in Paris. The title of the conference is: “Pragmatist Aesthetics: 20 years later” / “L’art à l’état vif: 20 ans après."
To accompany the conference and trace the impact of Shusterman’s work not only in aesthetics, philosophy, and the human sciences but also in contemporary art, the Sorbonne will also be organizing an art show. The exhibition, from May 24th through June 6th, 2012 at the Michel Journiac Gallery in Paris, is entitled ”AESTHETIC TRANSACTIONS: Art et philosophie à l’état vif” or in English “AESTHETIC TRANSACTIONS: Pragmatist Philosophy through Art and Life.” It is curated by Richard Shusterman and includes seven artists with whom he has worked: Luca Del Baldo (Italy); Carsten Höller (Sweden); ORLAN (France); Pan, Gongkai (China); Thecla Schiphorst (Canada); Tatiana Trouvé (France); and Yann Toma (France). At the opening of the exhibition there will be a live performance of the interactive, wearable artwork Tendrils, embodied by Jinsil Seo, the co-creator, with Thecla Schiphorst, of this piece.
The Michel Journiac Gallery is located at 47, rue des Bergers, 75015 Paris; Métro: Lourmel or Charles Michelis; www.galeriemicheljourniac.sup.fr . Barbara Formis and David Zerbib are providing organizational and curatorial assistance in Paris.
The conference will b e held at the Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne’s adjacent Centre Saint Charles, 47-53, rue des Bergers, 75015 Paris. The entire project is led by Richard Conte (professor of art and director of the UMR ACTE, U.F.R. 04, Arts Plastiques et Sciences de l’Art, Université Paris 1 ‒ Panthéon Sorbonne) and by Barbara Formis (Maître de Conférences en Esthétique et Philosophie de l’Art, U.F.R. 04, Arts Plastiques et Sciences de l’Art, Université Paris 1 ‒ Panthéon Sorbonne)
Conference speakers will include the exhibited artists (in a panel discussion) and philosophers such as Jean-Pierre Cometti (France) Peng Feng (China), Matthias Girel, (France), Roberto Frega, Giovanni Matteucci, and Salvatore Tedesco (Italy), Sandra Laugier (France), as well as scholars of aesthetics, literature, and the social sciences such as Wojciech Malecki (Poland), Spyros Franguiadakis (France), Chantal Pontbriand (Britain), and Jacinto Lageira (France). The project leaders from the Sorbonne – Barbara Formis and Richard Conte – will give opening talks and Richard Shusterman will provide a concluding lecture.
This twofold project is organized by the Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Faculty of Arts Plastiques et Sciences de l’Art (UMR ACTE, Arts ‒ Créations ‒ Théories ‒ Esthétiques). French institutional partners in the project include the Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Faculty of Philosophy (Equipe de recherche Philosophies Contemporaines) and the Ecole Normale Supérieure d’Ulm: Centre International de Recherches en Philosophie, Lettres, Savoirs. The project is also supported by other international partners: Peking University’s Center for Aesthetics and Aesthetic Education; China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing); and Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.
For updated details on this conference and art exhibition , click here .Mindful Body in Healing and the Arts , The Center for Body, Mind and Culture hosted a 2-day conference, January 19th-20th, 2012, with keynote speaker, Anne Harrington, Harvard University, author of "The Cure Within". Regarding the body as sentient, purposive subjectivity (rather than mere physical flesh), the conference focused on ways that somatic mindfulness can contribute to health, healing, and aesthetic experience. Presentations dealt with disciplines of mindful body consciousness (Asian and Western) and their applications in the areas of wellness, fitness, and the arts.