Embodied Cognition, Acting and Performance

Organising Committee
  1. Sherrill Gow
  2. Mark Bishop
  3. Stephen Hudson
Date: Wednesday 2nd April Website: Not available. Description:
Robert Harnish's broad construal defined the domain of cognitive science incorporating the fields of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, linguistics and anthropology. We seek to explore how cognitive science can be informed further by established and developing acting and performance theory and practice, thus offering a unique opportunity for a multidisciplinary discourse exploring the shared synergies between these particular fields. We will explore approaches to acting and performance through the post cognitive approach to understanding the embodied mind-in-society, classified in the four branches of radical cognitive science - embodied, embedded, enactive and ecological (the so-called '4Es'). Topics of interest:
  • Embodiment in training
  • Embodiment in performance
  • Embodiment in response to text
  • Learning embodiment
  • Methodological responses to embodiment in acting
  • Models of embodied acting
  • Quantifying embodiment within the student actor
  • The actor's awareness within the environment
  • The phenomenological relationship between awareness and action
  • How actor training theory and practise might inform and help develop theoretical conceptions of the 4Es and shed new insight into cognitive science
  • How insights from the explorations of the 4Es in cognitive science might help inform and develop the theory and practise of actor training
We request extended abstracts of no more than 500 words for papers, provocations, dialogues or sharings of practice. Each presentation must be limited to 25 minutes or less to accommodate the needs of the conference schedule. Selected papers may be published in the general proceedings of the AISB Convention, with the proviso that at least ONE author attends the symposium in order to present the paper and participate in general symposium activities. Important dates:
  • 1 February 2014: Please send extended abstracts of no more than 500 words to¬†Deirdre.mclaughlin@cssd.ac.uk.
  • 15 February 2014: Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions.