Action in Perception 2024: Presence, Art, Making, Life

September 5, 2024 - September 6, 2024
University of Helsinki

City Center Campus
Helsinki 00014


  • Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH)
  • University of Helsinki

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On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Alva Noë's Action in Perception, a seminal work in enactivist theory, this conference brings together leading international scholars to explore enactivist themes, reassess the theory's current position, and stimulate future research.

“Perception is not something that happens in us; it is something we do.” This is the leading idea of Noë’s distinctive version of the enactive approach laid out in Action in Perception. In his later writing — e.g. Out of Our Heads (2009); Varieties of Presence (2012); Strange Tools 2015); The Entanglement (2023) — this proposition has offered a frame for thinking anew about experience, presence, technology, life, art, and value, as well as the projects of philosophy and cognitive science themselves.

The purpose of this meeting is to encourage discussion and intervention from thinkers working across different fields (in and outside philosophy and cognitive science) and orientations (within and without enactivism and phenomenology). 

The presenters are:

Sarah Bro Trasmundi

Shaun Gallagher

Sara Heinämaa

Miriam Kyselo

Alva Noë

Merja Polvinen

Erik Rietveld

Andreas Roepstorff

Jussi Saarinen

Marya Schechtman

Evan Thompson

It is our hope that this meeting will create an opportunity not only for stock-taking, and sharing, but for new collaboration and invention.



There is no fee for attendance, but we kindly ask you to sign up by using the form on the website.

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