Workshop on Embodied Cognition and Dance
Workshop on Embodied Cognition and Dance 2023
Spatial Dynamics, Aesthetics, and Learning in Dance
Dates: October 20-22, 2023
With the advent of the 4E cognition research paradigm, cognitive science has seen a renewed interest in dance. However, much of the new cognitive science on dance does not interact with dance studies, the philosophy of dance, or aesthetics. This interdisciplinary conference brings together cognitive science, philosophy of dance, dance studies, and aesthetics to break down methodological boundaries and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration. The conference series supports diverse scholars speaking from multiple disciplines and includes traditional academic talks, movement workshops, and performances.
This year we will explore "Spatial Dynamics, Aesthetics, and Learning in Dance." We invite researchers and practitioners to investigate the relationship between learning through dance and physical space (natural, built, urban, rural, classroom, public, private, and more). How do the aesthetic features of dance and environment hinder or facilitate development and learning? Do some environments and their aesthetic features promote more effective learning through dance? What forms of knowledge and content are facilitated through the participatory aesthetics of vernacular dance? In what ways can dance function as a tool to explore the aesthetic features of environments? In short, the purpose is to explore the relationship between aesthetics, physical space, dancing, and learning.
The conference will take place at the brand-new robotics center at Merrimack College (Center for Innovation and Research in Engineering and Computational Sciences). The space is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms for the streaming and recording of hybrid presentations. The robotics center also has a central space for interactive arts and performances. In this space, students and local artists will display multimedia art installations during the conference, and we will have live performances in between sessions. Having the conference in the robotics building is meant to further highlight the interdisciplinary themes of the conference (dance, aesthetics, space, and learning) and foster collaboration between performing artists, scientists, and humanists.
This year the conference is sponsored by a grant from the American Society for Aesthetics.