BODY FIRST - Somaesthetics and Popular Culture


The body is central in many aesthetic inventions. Contrary to highbrow arts, popular culture has not been shy about this. The breakbeat in rap music was developed to extend dancing in parties. Many clothes are either autoerotic or designed to arouse others.

Disco dancing and amusement parks are obvious examples of popular culture, where the body is the priority, but we sometimes also watch horror films for the sake of the chills in the spine they deliver and read romantic (and/or) erotic novels to warm up our body and ‘heart’.

The Journal of Somaesthetics now invites articles that deal with somaesthetics and popular culture, with an accent on practices and/or theories where the body has a central or prioritized position.

Aristotle’s ‘catharsis’ discusses the physical effects of drama. At the time of the writing of the text there was no art system, and today we know that many people attended antique spectacles like they today enter sport events, late and drunk.

The Body First issue can explore anything from dance hall to pornography and professional wrestling. We accept all philosophical approaches and objects of research, as long as they make sense for the topic. We are especially keen, though, to invite scholars, who’s work is not based on Southern and Central European (upper class white male) philosophy (including its diasporas and colonial echoes), as the aforementioned practices still dominate popular culture theory too much.

Do not be shy about inventing new perspectives and taking up new topics! Surprise us!


Time schedule

15.12.2018: Deadline for the Articles

15.1.2018: Peer-review back

15.2.2018: Deadline finished articles

March 2018: Publishing


Guest Editors: Jozef Kovalcik & Max Ryynänen


The Journal of Somaesthetics is a peer-reviewed, online, academic research journal devoted to research that advances the interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics, understood as the critical study and meliorative cultivation of the experience and performance of the living body (or soma) as a site of sensory appreciation (aesthesis) and creative self-stylization.