The Doctoral School of
Moholy-Nagy University of Art&Design, Budapest and the Hungarian Forum of Somaesthetics warmly invites you to the Design
Culture and Somaesthetics Conference 2019:
Conference Date: 06-08. 05. 2019.
Venue: Moholy-Nagy University of Art&Design, Budapest
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Richard Shusterman, Professor
of Philosophy and English, Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, and Director for Body, Mind and Culture at
Florida Atlantic University. Initiatior of somaesthetic research.
Guy Julier, Professor of Design Leadership at Aalto
University, Helsinki. Former Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design and Professor of Design Culture at the University
of Brighton/Victoria & Albert Museum. Author of founding books on design culture studies, editorial board member of the
Journal of Visual Culture and Design and Culture.
Patrick Devlieger, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences
at KU Leuven, anthropologist, leading international researcher of disability studies.DEADLINE OF SUBMISSION:
** Call For Participation: Design Culture and Somaesthetics 2019 **
dialogue between post-disciplinary fields,
In the recent past, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research
has provided remarkable progress and development within the humanities and social sciences. The early phase of this development
witnessed preliminary dialogues between separate disciplines and their representatives who have gathered to discuss common
interests. The initial goal was to understand each other, to recognize common topics of research. This phase induced productive
dialogues but did not lead to long lasting, organized post-disciplinary projects, let alone integrative conceptual frameworks.
The latter only started in a second phase, when emerging post-disciplinary fields began to make suggestions for research
platforms that were more defined and methodologically better founded. Somaesthetics, initiated by Richard Shusterman, and
design culture studies, initiated by Guy Julier among others, are two among these most promising new post-disciplines.
Design discourses, practices and products that are constituted in the synergy of all our senses are the protagonists
of design culture studies that takes design culture as a flow of cultural products produced by social practices and reflected
in cultural discourses. To Julier’s mind, design culture as an object of study includes both the material and immaterial aspects
of everyday life. At the same time, somaesthetics explores and reconceptualizes the focal point and ultimate reference of
human environments, products, practices and discourses, namely, the embodied experience. Whereas somaesthetics reflects the
pragmatist understanding of philosophy as a means of improving experience through a reflective art of living, it defines itself
as a tool for designing good life. According to Shusterman, somaesthetics is the critical, meliorative study of the experience
and the use of one’s body as a locus of sensory-aesthetic appreciation and creative self-fashioning devoted to the knowledge,
discourses and disciplines that structure such somatic care or can improve it.
Both design culture studies and
somaesthetics are interested in body-mind interactions and both include theory, methodology and practice alike within their
The purpose of this conference is to take a step backward and address design theorists, philosophers,
anthropologists, aestheticians, social scientists, healthcare professionals, technology experts, artists, designers and educators
to discuss the parallel and complementary possibilities of these post-disciplinary approaches in the spirit of initial dialogue
and pragmatic goodwill in order to create platforms of fulfilling and fruitful future collaborations.
interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
– Somaesthetic aspects of user experience
– Virtual reality,
– Posthumanism, Artificial intelligence and embodiedness
– Human-computer interaction
– Ambient experience design
– Atmospheres in human environments
– Social body and experience society
– Object biography, material memory and material engagement
We are expecting original and unpublished
articles. A selection of the papers will be published in the forthcoming issues of the peer-reviewed, online, academic research
journals The Journal of Somaesthetics and Pragmatism Today or in a volume on somaesthetics and design based on the conference
and published in the Brill series Studies in Somaesthetics.
Further details and online submission at: https://doktori.mome.hu/conference-2019/?lang=en
Or submit your proposal (in no more than 300 words with 5 keywords) of a 20-30 minutes presentation to: firstname.lastname@example.org