Bodytalk: a new theoretical seminar series hosted at the Institute of Philosophy

Monday 11 January 2016

We currently have a wealth of physiological and perceptual data on the body, but little theoretical tradition, and few scientific theories about what constitutes bodily awareness, what functions it may have, and what mechanisms may generate it. This is the theoretical gap that we would like to fill in a series of seminar meetings by tracking and developing new thinking about somatic experience, bodily awareness, and bodily self in physiology, psychology and philosophy.

The meeting will occur approximately every 2 weeks, lasting for around 90 minutes.  At each meeting, one group will lead with a brief discussion paper or an overview of the field, lasting around 30-45 minutes. Speakers should outline a new theoretical contribution, present competing theories or pose a set of research questions.  As this will be an internal seminar group, we can be informal and preliminary, rather than polished and definitive. The group should then be able to engage with the questions for a further 30-45 minutes, hopefully leaving everyone including the speaker with a clearer grasp of the topic.

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We hope you will join us for interesting discussions!