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Second Symposium on Embodied Cognition, Acting and Performance

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Second Symposium on Embodied Cognition, Acting and Performance

Time: April 20, 2015 to April 22, 2015
Location: University of Kent
City/Town: Canterbury
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Event Type: conference, and, call, for, papers
Organized By: the society for the study of Artificial Intelligence of Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)
Latest Activity: Feb 26, 2015

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Event Description

The intensifying interest in cognitive science within performance practices and the growing interest in the embodiment and the enactive approach in cognitive science is the basis for this second one-day symposium as part of the AISB 2015 annual convention.

We invite papers that explore topics including approaches to acting, movement studies, music and spectating 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’).

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 might be explored and informed further by established and developing performance practices, thus offering a unique opportunity for a transdisciplinary discourse exploring the shared synergies between these particular fields. 

Topics of interest:
• Embodiment in training, performance and in response to text
• Learning embodiment
• Methodological responses to embodiment in performance training and practice
• Models of embodied acting
• Quantifying embodiment in teaching and performance pedagogy
• Identifying and training presence
• Cognitive dramaturgies
• Cognitive foundations of audience experience
• The performer’s awareness within the environment
• The phenomenological relationship between awareness and action, feeling and emotion, imagination and empathy
• The performer’s ‘self’

We request extended abstracts of no more than 500 words. Each extended abstract will receive at least two reviews. Selected abstracts will 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.

The deadline for all abstracts is 27th February 2015. Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions will be made by 9th March 2015.
Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to Jessica Kaufman, symposium administrator, at 

Organising Committee
Mark Bishop (Goldsmiths): Experience Bryon (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama): 
Marco Gillies (Goldsmiths): Deirdre McLaughlin (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama):

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