CFP: CFP: topic “Bodies of Politics: Explorations in Somaesthetics and Somapower”

Submission deadline: August 20, 2021

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Studies in Somaesthetics: Embodied Perspectives in Philosophy, the Arts and the Human Sciences 

Series Edited by Richard Shusterman, Florida Atlantic University, USA

The editors of Brill’s Studies in Somaesthetics series invite submissions on the topic “Bodies of Politics:  Explorations in Somaesthetics and Somapower” for a forthcoming edited collection.

Edited by Leszek Koczanowicz, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland

People do politics in, through, and as bodies. All political activities have an inevitably corporeal character. Parliamentary discussions, party assemblies street demonstrations, civil disobedience, etc.… are all bodily actions. 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. 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.However, standard political theory comprehends politics as a struggle of bodiless ideas or, at best, as an imposition of constraints on powerless bodies, as in biopolitics.  Somaesthetics enables us to re-cast this perspective and to depict bodies as active agents of politics. Bodies are shaped by political decisions, but they are also capable of influencing political choices and becoming vehicles of resistance to oppressive regimes. Understood as an extension of somaesthetics in the political field, somapower helps us grasp this inherently antitotalitarian character of corporeal politics. While the interdisciplinary fields of somaesthetics and somapower are two main axes of the monograph, the questions of bodily politics could be addressed from the perspectives of the visual arts, literature, urbanism, philosophy, cultural studies, sociology, and anthropology.

Abstracts of 250-400 words, and a current CV, should be sent electronically as attachments, no later than August 20, 2021 to Leszek Koczanowicz lkoczanowicz@swps.edu.pl

After the selection of abstracts, a deadline for submission of complete papers will be given.


This project is being coordinated with the conference "Bodies of Power: Somaesthetics and Politics" at the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture of Florida Atlantic University:  https://www.fau.edu/artsandletters/bodymindculture/uconfern/bodies-of-power/index/

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