Workshop in Evolution and the Embodied Mind: The biological roots of 4E Cognition

City: Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain).

Date: 12, 13 & 14 July, 2019.

Venue: Ignacio María Barriola Building (Elhuyar Square, 1), University of the Basque Country.

This workshop aims to gather researchers in Evolution and 4E Cognition in order to evaluate which are the complementarities and tensions between these two approaches. The topics of the workshop will include (although will not be restricted to) the following ones:

  1. Minimal cognition from a 4E perspective
  2.  Embodied and situated approaches to the evolution of cognition
  3.  The role of sociality in cognitive evolution from a 4E perspective

Unfortunately, there is no extra place for speakers, but do not hesitate to contact them for joining as attendants. There will be a great deal of discussion and debate, and it will be great to have an audience willing to engage into these topics. If you plan to go, please, confirm your assistance by emailing them in the contact section of the website (provided below). The workshop is organized by Manuel Heras-Escribano and Ezequiel Di Paolo (IAS Research Centre for Life, Mind, and Society, EHU-UPV) and generously funded by the BBVA Foundation through the 2018 Leonardo Grant for Researchers and Cultural Creators entitled “La filosofía de las affordances: los orígenes ecológicos, evolutivos y sociales de la cognición [AFFORDEVOCOG]”

For more information, visit: https://evolutionandtheembodiedmind.wordpress.com/


E-Approaches to Social Difference and Disparity

Theme: E-Approaches to Social Difference and Disparity

Type: Conference

Institution: University of Wollongong

Location: Wollongong, NSW Australia

Date: March 13th-14th

Submission Deadline: December 30th, 2018

We are soliciting applications for contributing speaker sessions our upcoming conference at the University of Wollongong: Given that embodied and enactive approaches to cognition put the lived body, intersubjectivity, and interaction at the very core of their research paradigms, discussions of how aspects of our lived identities can shape our cognitive processes would be a natural application. Topics in this literature often include how our socio-cultural situation influences how we think, how we comport ourselves, and how we perceive others who are similarly or differently situated. Despite this, there is a shortage of literature in which these frameworks are used to directly discuss the influence of gender, race, or sexuality on perception, social cognition, and other cognitive processes. This conference intends to address how we might take race, gender, and sexuality into account in answering core questions of philosophy of mind using enactive and embodied approaches to cognition. While work like this is important in itself, we are also interested in implications this research could have for issues in ethics and epistemology. (more…)

How Music Connects: Social Sensory Consciousness in Musical Ritual

Collective coupling and coordinated joint action in musical ritual settings are core elements of human cultural practices around the world.

Studies of ritual and social cognition have paid increasing attention to the rich embodied, temporal, and sensorial dimensions of social coupling during ritual practice.

In this paper, Ximena González-Grandón explore inclusive perspectives which believe that to take embodied and experimental aspects of synchronized movement seriously it is necessary to include the activation of the entire motor body and peripheral nervous system.

Successful social and musical coupling relies upon the transient synchronization of distinct frecuency oscilations throughout the entire body, and this synchronization allows for brief temporal windows of social communication sustained by special kinds of shared bodily consciousness.

Link to the full article: How Music Connects: Social Sensory Consciousness in Musical Ritual

Congress: Time, the body and the Other (Youtube Playlist of the Lectures)

Time, the body and the Other: Phenomenological and Psychopathological Approaches.
13th – 15th September 2018, Heidelberg

Youtube Playlist of the Lectures Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJfiJVVtML-vGOpZVNPE5iYvQAYUPjOmN

This conference aims at exploring and discussing the intertwinement of temporality, embodiment and intersubjectivity from phenomenological and psychopathological approaches. (more…)

Call for Papers. CIM19: Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology. “Embodiment in Music”

Embodiment  is the idea that our mental life, including musical subjectivity, depends directly on our body – its internal biological norms, and its patterns of activity in the environment – rather than just on the brain.

Research and theory on how we engage with, and make sense of, music is more than ever concerned with movements, gestures, sensorimotor couplings, and motor resonances. These are now recurrent themes in the music research community and are increasingly understood as features central to musical learning, emotion, development, perception, and  performance, among others.

The centrality of body and action for human musicality has also promoted a debate for understanding the history and cultural diversity of musical subjectivity: how the rich interplay between embodied and social factors contribute to the development of musical styles and identities across different historical, geographical, and cultural contexts.
However, the real implications this framework can offer for our understanding of music and musicality remain unclear. What does it really mean for music cognition to be
embodied ?


Time, the Body, and the Other: Phenomenological and Psychopathological Approaches. 13th-15th September 2018, Heidelberg


This conference aims at exploring and discussing the intertwinement of temporality, embodiment and intersubjectivity from phenomenological and psychopathological approaches.

Explorations of the phenomenology of time have most often been accomplished from the first-person perspective of consciousness (Husserl) or existential philosophy (Heidegger). There exists, however, significant work on bodily subjectivity, intercorporeality and their temporal dimension as, for instance, by Maurice-Merleau-Ponty or Michel Henry. Nevertheless, a fundamental investigation into the constitutive interrelationship of bodily existence, its temporal dynamics and its interpersonal embeddedness is still a desideratum. It is the target of the conference to explore these dimensions by means of phenomenological and psychopathological methods.