Body of Knowledge: Art and Embodied Cognition conference: CFP

Body of Knowledge: Art and Embodied Cognition 27-29 June 2019, hosted by Deakin University – Melbourne, Australia

BoK2019 will continue to pursue the goals initiated at BoK2016, organized and directed by Simon Penny, bringing together interdisciplinary researcher- practitioners including cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, philosophers of mind, physiologists, psychologists, anthropologists, computer scientists, artists and designers to explore a range of emerging theories of cognition including enactive approaches, embodied and social cognition. The aim of BoK2019 is to foster conversations that increase the potential for knowledge transfer and celebrate diverse forms of embodied expertise. Therefore, the conference thematics will be expanded to emphasize cultures of practice and communities of practitioners that offer perspectives on inclusion, diversity/neurodiversity and disability. To this end, BoK2019 will foreground social cognition, enabling the productive tensions between neuroscience and enactive theories of cognition to be drawn out for analysis.

For BoK2019 there will be a focus on how the arts may contribute to the research perspectives from contemporary cognitive neuroscience and philosophy of mind. To that end, the conference seeks to generate questions that explore the dynamic between an organism and its surroundings, for example by asking “How does art shift the way knowledge and thinking processes are acquired, extended and distributed?”. The aim is to encourage the discussion of art as a process of social cognition and address the gap between descriptions of embodied cognition and the co-construction of lived experience.

BoK2019 will build upon the shared knowledge established in BoK2016 and be reflected in the structure the conference through a set of distinctive features that will include:
  • Paired Keynote presentations / conversations
  • A range of Presentation modalities: papers, performative, peripatetic
  • An ‘audit traces’ team will be tracking, recording and reporting on interactions, speculating on the way disciplinary perspectives adapt and transform. See more information under ‘Features’ on the website.
  • A workshop: Research Platforms for Embodied Cognition using an ultra-wide band tracking and game engines
  • A “Thinking Room” exhibition by Patricia Cain which will consist of process drawings and working materials from her extensive research projects.

Keynote presentaions will be planned as interdisciplinary conversations, pairing researchers and practitioners that have art and/or science expertise into one session.

The concept of interdisciplinary exchange will permeate the event in other ways, including an ‘audit traces’ team tracking, recording and reporting on interactions, speculating on the way disciplinary perspectives adapt and transform. Alongside papers, performative presentations, participatory sessions and posters, BoK2019 will embrace another unconventional format, the peripatetic presentation. Details of the call for these is below.


Following the expanded focus on social cognition and diversity, we are encouraging submissions on topics such as neurodiversity, indigenous knowledge, inclusion, disability and social justice issues. And in keeping with the tradition of BoK2016, we propose the following list of additional possible themes to relate to or draw upon. We are particularly interested in submissions that make connections across research practices in the arts and sciences:

  • Materials and materiality
  • Performance and the performative
  • Space, landscape, built-environment
  • Music, sound and the body
  • Tools, prosthetics, tele-robotics.
  • Virtual embodiment/embodied virtuality, VR, AR, MR
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Cognitive neuroscience and cultural practices
  • Philosophical precedents – Pragmatism, Phenomenology, Ecological Psychology
  • Cultural and Historical modes of Embodiment
  • Intangible Cultural heritage
  • Sensorimotor, configuration of sensing
  • Temporal coupling and time consciousness
  • Situated, distributed and extended – studies in perception and action
  • Biology, Ethology, autopoiesis and enaction
  • New and renewed ontologies – tacit knowledge, contesting representation
  • Cognitive anthropology, cognitive archaeology
  • Embodied pedagogy, praxis and practice


The conference is convened by Jondi Keane (Deakin University) along with co-organizers Rea Dennis (Deakin University) and Scott deLahunta (Deakin University and Coventry University, UK) and Emma Whatman (Deakin University) with the support of the Body of Knowledge Conference Committee. Abstracts will be blind reviewed by the committee according to the schedule below.


BoK2019 will be hosted at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus with daily transport arranged from Melbourne City Centre. BoK2019 will take place over three full days with up to eighty presentations interspersed between the Keynote Conversations. Alongside the more conventional paper and poster sessions, we are encouraging three other modes of presentation: performative presentations, participatory sessions and peripatetic presentations. Both standard lecture spaces as well as dance studios are available. The peripatetic presentation will take place while walking. Please note, there will be no technical support available besides the standard audio-visual support. Proposals need to take this into account and time frames are quite strictly limited (see below). The advantage of being together on the Burwood Campus is the hub-like environment with easy-access to many spaces close together, alongside the gentle Gardiners Creek Reserve which has extensive walking trails.

The Call for Presentations is now open. Conference registration details will be forthcoming, with reduced advanced registration for accepted presentations. For further information, please visit the conference website:

ABSTRACTS due January 30, 2019 We are particularly interested in submissions that speak to connection across the arts and sciences. Please send 300word abstracts to: Include your full name_BoK2019abstract in subject line Attach a Word Document with two pages:

  • First page:
    • name affiliation o title of presentation
    • 100w bio o mode of presentation – indicate one of the following:
      • 20min – paper, performative presentation, participatory session, peripatetic presentation.
      • 10min – poster presentation (alongside A0-size poster of research project).
  • Second page:
    • title of presentation
    • 300w abstract

Due dates and deadlines: January 30, 2019 – abstracts due March 20 – notification March 20 Early bird Registrations open April 30 Registrations open (details of registration TBA) June 27-29 Conference dates



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