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FAU’s Center for Body, Mind and Culture Presents ‘Body and Technology: Instruments of Somaesthetics’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 7 , 2013) – 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 “Body and Technology: Instruments of Somaesthetics” on Thursday, Jan. 24 and Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 in the Arts and Humanities Building, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

“I am delighted that the Center is organizing this important international and transdisciplinary conference which highlights the richly complex interaction between body and technology,” said Richard Shusterman, Ph.D., Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities and director of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture. “Too often our society opposes the living body to the tools of technology, forgetting that the body is itself our tool of tools; just as our culture too often contrasts technology and the arts, forgetting that they share a common creative source and etymological history – techne being the Greek word for art. Here at the Center, we aim to integrate scientific, humanistic, and artistic research to promote ways that enrich our somaesthetic understanding and thus improve the quality of our embodied experience.”

Regarding the body as a sentient soma rather than as a merely material machine, this conference will examine the complex relationship between body and technology, exploring how the body, as our basic instrument for living, has been reshaped by the technologies it has developed – changing our somatic habits through which we experience and act in the world while also altering the body through various forms of mechanical or chemical enhancement.

Conference presenters include distinguished experts and academics from France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland and China, as well as from American universities such as the University of Virginia, Bucknell University and the University of Florida. Their presentations feature the somatic role and impact of technologies of human-computer interaction, the application of somatic-related technologies to contemporary visual and musical arts, biotechnologies of health, wellness, athletics and the impact of technology on how the body is treated in other practices and environments, including the legal courtroom.

This is the eighth international conference of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture since its establishment in 2007.

There is no conference registration fee, however advanced registration is required. To register, or for more information, visit, or email


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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