Curiosity and Cognition: Embod
ied Things 1400-1900
16 June 2017, 09:00 - 18:00
Seminar room SG1, Alison Richa
rd Building, CRASSH, Cambridge
We are pleased to announce a o
ne-day conference, in collabor ation with the CRASSH graduate seminar series ‘Things’.
Deadline to submit: 14 March 2017
In keeping with the overall th
eme of this year’s seminar, th e conference will centre on th e issue of ‘embodied cognition .’ The aim is to further explo re the cutting-edge approach o f current scholarship that inv estigates the human understand ing of the world vis-à-vis obj ects. It will consider the sig nificance of embodiment in all processes of cognition and le arning, moving beyond an obstr uctive divide between 'mind' a nd ‘hand’, and between ‘intell ectual’ and ‘manual’ knowledge . This methodology will allow speakers to emphasise how the connection between humans and objects reveals a wider unders tanding of culture, and proper ly recognises the significance of embodied knowledge.
Dr Marta Ajmar (VARI, Victoria
and Albert Museum) will deliv er the keynote paper. Dr Ajmar ’s current research centres on the significance of embodimen t within practice and engages with questions of cognition, e xperiential learning, knowledg e exchange and the epistemolog y of making.
In order to encourage a though
t-provoking atmosphere, we wil l organise a variety of discus sions throughout the conferenc e. In addition to a set of tr aditional panels with three tw enty-minute papers, there will also be a round-table in whic h several speakers can engage with topics related to the ove rarching theme. The round-tabl e will facilitate an open dial ogue between both speakers and conference attendees.
We welcome paper proposals fro
m postgraduates and early care er researchers in fields inclu ding (but not restricted to) A rchaeology, Anthropology, Arch itecture, Art and Design Histo ry, Biology, History, History of Science, Linguistics, Liter ature, Medicine, Philosophy, P sychology and Sociology and al l areas of practice.
We encourage proposals related
(but not restricted to) the f ollowing topics:
- concepts and theories of embod
- the pedagogy and semiotics of
- interactions between body and
mind, vis-a-vis objects
- the current academic understan
ding of the relationship betwe en material objects and embodi ment/embodied cognition
- embodied practices of practiti
- the social relationship betwee
n the human body and objects
- historical understandings of t
he use of objects in rituals
- the role of the physical sense
s for understanding the use of objects in social/religious r ituals
Please submit abstracts of no
more than 250 words and a shor t biography of 100 words to An nie Thwaite and Abigail Gomulk iewicz at embodiedthings@gmail .com, by 14 March 2017.