Speakers 2023

Michelle Maiese 

Emmanuel College

"My areas of interest include philosophy of mind, emotion, philosophy of psychiatry, political philosophy, and feminist philosophy."


Joel Krueger

University of Exeter

"I work on issues in phenomenology, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science (e.g., embodied cognition, emotions, social cognition, and psychopathology). I also have interests in Asian and comparative philosophy, philosophy of music, and pragmatism." 

Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza

Linfield University

Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza is Professor and Chair of the philosophy department at Linfield University, which he joined in 2006. There, he has received the 2011-2012 Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award and was 2008-2009 Allen & Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar. In 2013-15 he served as president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS); he was also the Conference Chair for IAPS from 2011-2013.

He has published Holism and the Cultivation of Excellence in Sports and Performance: Skillful Striving (Routledge 2016), many articles in specialized journals: Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences,Sports, Ethics, and Philosophy and more, as well as many book chapters on comparative philosophy, martial arts and sports. He has also co-edited a book on philosophy and cycling. He is Book Review Editor for North America for the journal Sport, Ethics & Philosophy.

Currently, he is part of Daniel Hutto's Australian Research Council project Minds in Skillful Performance alongside Shaun Gallagher and Michael Kirchoff (DP170102987).

An avid cyclist, swimmer and budding freediver, he also enjoys a good sparring bout with his longsword.

Miriam Giguere

Drexel University

"Dr. Giguere graduated magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania earning both a BA in psychology and an MS in education in four years. She earned her PhD in dance from Temple University, where she was awarded the Emerging Doctoral Scholar award. Her dissertation was recognized nationally by the American Educational Research Association with their 2009 National Dissertation Award for Arts and Learning. She is a frequent presenter at the national conferences of the National Dance Education Organization amd her research has been published in Research in Dance Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Dance Education, Dance Education in Practice, Arts & Learning Journal, and International Journal of Education and the Arts among others. Dr. Giguere was the keynote speaker for Dance Education Conference 2010, Singapore, an invited presenter at the Dance and the Child International conferences in Taiwan in 2012, Denmark in 2015 and Australia in 2018. She is an associate editor of the journal Dance Education in Practice where she writes a regular column entitled Dance Trends, and has guest edited three special issues of that journal Community Dance (2017), Choreography in Education (2019) and Virtual Dance(2021) . Dr. Giguere is also the author of the textbook Beginning Modern Dance, published in 2013 through Human Kinetics. She is currently the President of the Pennsylvania Dance Education Organization, the state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization.

Dr. Giguere directed the dance program at Drexel University from 1992-2015, before becoming Department Head for Performing Arts in 2015. She was also the Director of the Drexel University Dance Ensemble, a 55 dancer company, and FreshDance, a freshmen only company of 35 dancers, from 1992-2020, having guest directed and/or choreographed on the company in 1990 and 1991. She currently teaches academic dance classes in Dance History, Dance Pedagogy, Dance Appreciation and Dance Criticism and Aesthetics."

 Max Cappuccio

University of New South Wales Canberra

Massimiliano (Max) Cappuccio is Deputy director of the Values in Defense and Security Technology group. His research in human performance and human-machine interaction attempts to combine different embodied approaches to cognition. As a cognitive philosopher and a technology ethicist, his research on intelligent systems is interdisciplinary and aims to integrate phenomenological analyses, empirical experimentation, and synthetic modeling. His current research focuses on skill acquisition and disruption, social-robotics, theory and ethics of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. His early work has focused on mirror neurons theory, joint attention and deictic pointing, the frame problem of artificial intelligence, and the philosophical foundations of computationalism. During his career, he has produced more than a hundred original scientific contributions, including papers in journals, book chapters, collective volumes, special issues of journals, and papers presented at international conferences. He conducts an intense activity as an organizer of academic events, including interdisciplinary workshops, research seminar series, and international conferences (like the TEMPER workshop on Training, Enhancement, and Military Performance and the annual Joint UAE Symposium on Social Robotics).

Ben Baker

Colby College

Ben's research explores the intersection of Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, and AI, and is especially focused on examining the role of movement in shaping intelligent capacities. 

Matt Henley

Columbia University - Teachers College

"Embodied, embedded, extended, and enactive approaches to cognition in dance; dance as a cultural technology for developing situated ways of being and thinking; kinetic research methods; and pedagogy of research methods"


Ashley Walton is currently a Research Fellow at Brain Modulation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital and the MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research, with a background in embodied cognition and interaction design. Her research focuses on integrating knowledge from dynamical systems, neuroscience, and philosophy for understanding the multiple times scales of human behavior, and how these behaviors emerge from our interactions with others and our environments.

Rachel Monroe

Rachel Monroe is a former professional dancer with experience in film, tv, and musical theater. Rachel holds a masters in psychology from Pepperdine University, and has taught psychology classes as an instructor with Glendale Community College. Rachel has also done extensive work with youth through the Epilepsy Foundation, Greater Los Angeles.  

Milka Trajkova 

Milka Trajkova is currently a Research Scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology working in the Expressive Machinery Lab. She completed her PhD in Dec. 2021 in Informatics at Indiana University with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction. Being a professional ballet dancer with the Macedonian Opera and Ballet and a human-centered AI researcher opened the window to a unique perspective on the intersection of dance and computing. Dr. Trajkova's research explores the way we can design non-invasive AI-based tools to optimize human movement performance toward the democratization of learning, creativity, training, and knowledge.