Somaesthetics: Between the Human Body and Beyond (Szeged, 2018. május 14-16.)

The conference is organized by the MTA SZAB Filozófiai és Történettudományi Szakbizottság, the Hungarian Philosophical Association, the Philosophy Department of the University of Szeged and the Pro Philosophia Szegediensi Foundation.


Conference Venue: MTA SZAB, conference room 110 (6720 Szeged, Somogyi Str. 7) Session lectures are 20 minutes long, and we have 10 minutes per lecture for discussion. 


MAY 14 (Monday)

10:00-10:15: Opening words: Zoltán Gyenge, Chair of the Philosophy Department; Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Szeged

10:15-11:00: Keynote speech: Richard Shusterman (USA): Somaesthetics Between the Human Body and the Bodies of Gods (Prof. Shusterman is a Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in the Humanities and Director of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture; Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters; Florida Atlantic University)

11:00-11:30: Discussion

LUNCH: 11:30-14:00

14:00-15:00: Presentations (Chair: Pravda Spasova)

  • Daniel Jayes O’Brien (UK): A Somaesthetic Study of Religious Art
  • Yanping Gao (China): Nature and The Transactional Body: A comparative study between traditional Chinese shanshui paintings and German Romanticism landscape paintings 


15:00-15:15: Coffee break

15:15-16:45: Presentations (Chair: Lorraine Yeung)

  • Pravda Spasova (Bulgaria): Our Beautiful Future
  • Dorota Koczanowicz (Poland): Cultivating taste: Somaesthetics in the restaurant
  • Matthew Crippen; Sarah Ehssan Hammad (Germany & Egypt): Art Therapy and the Loss and Emergence of Self


16:45-17:00: Coffee break

17:00-18:00: Presentations (Chair: Anne Tarvainen)

  • Ana Došen (Serbia): Japanese Cinema and Visceroception
  • Lorraine Yeung (Hong Kong): The Value of Horror Reconsidered

18:00-21:00: Welcome dinner (Trója Restaurant, 6720 Szeged, Kölcsey F. Str. 4)

MAY 15 (Tuesday)

9:00-10:30: Presentations (Chair: Bálint Veres)

  • Iren Annus (HU): Uses and abuses through representation: Beyond the human body – of children
  • Leszek Koczanowicz (Poland): Somapower and Microphysics of Emancipation
  • Alexander Kremer (HU): Enhancement Technologies and the Body


10:30-10:45: Coffee break

10:45-11:45: Presentations (Chair: Matti Tainio)

  • Renáta Dezső (HU): Co-Ability in Solid Bodies Coming Together
  • Bálint Veres (HU): Tactile Tactics in 21st Century Cultural Displays


LUNCH: 11:45-14:00

14:00-15:00: Presentations (Chair: Botond Csuka)

  • Anna Kérchy (HU): “L’Animal que donc je suis.” Posthuman Somaesthetics in Contemporary BioArt Performances
  • Erzsébet Lamár (HU): The tragedy of a paradox. Nietzsche's thoughts on being torn apart


15:00-15:15: Coffee break

15:15-16:15: Presentations (Chair: Renáta Dezső)

  • Botond Csuka (HU): Exercise as a Technology of the Self in the British Enlightenment
  • Matti Tainio (Finland): Running and Sensuous


17:00-18:00: R. Shusterman: Ethics and Aesthetics: From Somaesthetics to the Art of Living

(Auditorium Maximum, Faculty of Arts, SZTE, 6722 Szeged, Egyetem Str. 2)

18:00-19:00: WALKS AND TALKS WITH A FILM “Philosophical Encounters with Richard Shusterman” (Delos Film, 28:37; 27:18 min. - Auditorium Maximum, Faculty of Arts, SZTE, 6722 Szeged, Egyetem Str. 2)


MAY 16 (Wednesday)

9:00-10:30: Presentations (Chair: Matthew Crippen)

  • Anne Tarvainen (Finland): Body, Voice, and Disorder– Adele's lost voice as a culturally constructed problem
  • Christos Sideras (UK): The Music of the Body
  • Yali Nativ (Israel): Living in their bodies: Ageing Professional Dancers Producing Somaesthetics Lifestyles


10:30-10:45: Coffee break

10:45-11:45: Presentations (Chair: Yali Nativ)

  • Nóra Horváth (HU): The political power of photography – politics of the naked/nude man
  • Freya Verlander (UK): The Invention of Morel and Machines of Mingled Skin


11:45-12:00: Coffee break

12:00-13:30: Presentations (Chair: Iren Annus)

- Sue Spaid (USA): How Ameliorative (Art) Practices Work: Action, Teamwork and Well-Being

- Robert Smid (HU): Engaging with Ecology: Climatic Encounters of the Body, Environmental Rhythms in Culture

- Walker Trimble (Russia): The Uncanniness of Mental Organs: Oscillating Metaphors and Embodied Transitions


13:30-13:50: Establishing the Hungarian Forum of Somaesthetics and closing words: Alexander Kremer