In this theme issue we want to explore the possibilities of somaesthetics as a discourse and/or a platform to raise discussion and produce novel ways to think about addiction and other unhealthy lifestyles. We all use methods of care of the self, but we easily forget the care of the self of people, who have in a way or another lost control over their lives, or at least some part of it. However, also for example substance users and other addicts have hobbies and they also work hard on controlling and/or medicating their addictions through self-care. Many have also succeeded in this as for example literature on natural recovery without treatment has shown. Finally, for many, for example art has been a central form of self-care and a pathway out of addiction (We know the number of addicts in the history of arts and popular culture.)Read more about UNHEALTHY AND DANGEROUS LIFESTYLES – AND THE CARE OF THE SELF
In this issue of the Journal of Somaesthetics, we invite contributions from various fields exploring experiences of beauty vis-à-vis aestheticized phenomena in everyday life, design, art, urbanity and elsewhere. The lack of borders within the aesthetic field rebounds on a corresponding unlimitedness in our ability to perceive. Correspondingly, the question is whether the beautiful has become too broad and thus too superficial a concept or does the sentiment of beauty help us to differentiate our perceptions? Mapping the conceptual potentials of beauty points not only to a revaluation of modern and contemporary art and artistic ways of challenging traditional beauty, but it simultaneously emphasizes the need for focusing on the sensible, perceptive and bodily experience. The major question remains how, despite trivialization, beauty may still (or again) refer to an aesthetic experience that is manifesting itself in the sensing body, both as originating from the body, and as appearing in a meaningful, embodied experience.
We invite scholars and practitioners interested in the notion of beauty and beautiful experiences. We do not want to limit contributions to specific fields or methods of inquiry, but encourage scholars and practitioners from various relevant fields (aesthetics, arts, health studies, sports, natural sciences, theology) to submit an article, essay or a documentation of a practical inquiry related to beauty.
Submission deadline: January 15, 2020
Somaesthetics and Sound
The intertwining of sound and the body is fascinating and multifarious. Until fairly recently, sound has mainly been studied as an acoustic or auditive phenomenon. In turn, the body has been commonly approached as a physiological entity. Lately, however, the embodied and experiential aspect of sound has increasingly gained ground in research and pedagogies as well as in the arts.
In this issue of the Journal of Somaesthetics, we invite contributions from various fields exploring sound as manifesting itself in the body, as originating from the body, or as a meaningful, embodied experience. The focus is on the body-aesthetic, or somaesthetic dimensions of sound. Aesthetic experience here is not limited to the arts alone.
June 30, 2019
Anne Tarvainen: email@example.com
Päivi Järviö: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture of Florida Atlantic University invite paper proposals for a conference on “Bodies of Design: Somaesthetics Perspectives on Technology” that will be held January 24-25, 2019 at FAU’s Boca Raton campus.
The Journal of Somaesthetics invites general submissions, on any topic related to the field of somaesthetics, from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective, for consideration for publication in our forthcoming issue of the journal.
Deadline: May 1, 2018
19-10-2016CFP 2017 International ConferenceBodies in the Streets: Somaesthetics of City Life Read more:http://www.fau.edu/bodymindculture/BodiesofCare.php Read more about CFP 2017 International Conference
Bodies of Belief:
Human bodies are shaped not only by their genetic endowment but also by the belief systems of the cultures in which they develop and function. Such belief systems vary from unarticulated background assumptions to ritualized practices and explicit doctrines or even to formulated laws enacted and enforced by social institutions. Likewise, belief’s somatic shaping ranges widely from the stylization of external appearance (including clothing and ornamentation) to the structuring of bodily actions and comportment (including essential practices like eating) and even to inner modes of affect (which are felt somatically). The beliefs that the human soma embodies and expresses are not confined to established social norms; they also include items of faith and commitment that are individualistic, nonconformist, or even antagonistic to the cultural mainstream. More than a mere instrument of compliance or worship, the soma is also a site and weapon of protest.
Bodies of Care:
Bodies are obviously the targets of one’s daily care in terms of personal hygiene, grooming, exercise, and proper nourishment. They are also objects of care in the sense of worry or concern, since we all suffer illness and death through our bodies. However, the sentient, purposive, active body or soma is also a subjectivity that examines and cares for the body as object, whether it be one’s own body or the bodies of others who one wants to help or comfort. We all need such curative help or comfort at some point in our lives; and some people devote their professional and personal lives to giving such care. Bodies need and give care in many ways and for many reasons: to overcome illness and disability, to address and alleviate dependence, to learn new skills and remedy bad habits, to inspire greater confidence for personal flourishing and greater social betterment.
Abstracts of 250 words, and a current CV, should be sent electronically as attachments to Richard Shusterman at email@example.com.Read more about Call for Papers: Bodies of Belief / Bodies of Care
02-09-2014The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 3-day conference, January 29–31, 2015, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. Read more about Bodies of Belief: Somaesthetics of Faith and Protest