CFP: 3rd Conference "Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind"

Submission deadline: June 12, 2019

Conference date(s):
August 29, 2019 - August 30, 2019

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Conference Venue:

University of Göttingen
Göttingen, Germany

Topic areas


"Feeling Sense-Making, Enacting Meaning: The Lived Unity of an Experience and the Mind-Body-Language Continuity"  

The aim of this conference is to put into focus the role of embodied cognitive-emotional and linguistic sense-making in our being sensitive to multiple domains of meanings in the sensorimotor and social interaction with the environment. 

Recent studies in neuroscience and philosophy of mind (Fuchs 2018; Di Paolo et al. 2018) highlight the role of the subjective and intersubjective embodied evaluation of sense-making in experiencing the bodily conditions of meaningconstitution in social interaction and in the constitution of a shared reality in our sensorimotor engagement with the world. Moreover, they support the view that human experience relies on the mind-body-language continuity.

This conference highlights the enactive relation between subjectivity, intersubjectivity and sensorimotor coupling with the environment in the constitution of an experience. According to John Dewey, an experience has a unity. The existence of this unity is constituted by a single quality that pervades the entire experience in spite of the variation of its constituent parts. The capacity of experience to mean and to become an experience is realized through a consummatory process of bodily sense-making and completes itself. Such an experience is aesthetic for it conveys a feeling of wholeness. 

The submission of contributions that highlight enactive sense-making in the lived process of meaning generation in experiencing interactions and the embodied quality of an experience is encouraged. The conference welcomes contributions from the following disciplines:

Artificial Intelligence and human cognition



Literary studies

Music and the Cognitive Sciences 



Philosophy of emotion

Philosophy of mind 

Psychology of aesthetics

Please send your abstract (max. 300 words) not later than 12th June 2019 to alfonsinascarinzi[at] 

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