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[ecrea] About Challenging Corporealities - International Conference

Tue Apr 25 21:59:06 GMT 2017

International Conference – Barcelona, 9th-10th November, 2017

About Challenging Corporealities

Organized by the AASD Research Group – Art, Architecture and Digital Societat – of the Universitat de Barcelona in the framework of the research project subsidized by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness “Art, Architecture and New Materialism”. 9 and 10 November 2017, at the Faculty of Geography and History (UB). C / Montalegre 6-8. 08001 Barcelona.

Recent years have seen a proliferation of discourses that have variously approached the divide intrinsic to the Cartesian conception of the self or subject. The division between mind and body, along with other dualisms (natural/artificial, human/non-human, living/dead… ), has contributed to sustaining an anthropocentric worldview that can no longer account for the emerging practices and discourses that are trying to return materiality to the spotlight.

Challenging Corporealities: Reconfigurations between Materiality and Discursivity aims at bringing together researchers working on recent material and discursive reconfigurations that have set out to explore the corporeal: politicizations of discomfort in which the causality of material conditions is once again taken into consideration; the decentring of the subject to highlight object agency and “vibrant materialities”; discourses on biological issues that challenge normative conceptions of sex and gender through corporeal materiality; concepts and theories offering alternative tools to approach the corporeal in artistic creation, and other phenomena in which the hitherto neglected body is given greater significance.

The three thematic focal points of the conference are the following:

    Techno-scientific bodies
    Poetics of the body in contemporary dance
    Embodiments of discomfort

    Techno-scientific bodies

This panel encourages submissions dealing with artistic discourses and practices that are situated at the multiple intersections between body, science, and technology. Topics covered in the proposals may include (but are not limited) to the following:

New forms of corporeality, identity or subjectivity associated with the techno-scientific
    Redefinitions of nature and the living by means of techno-science
Corporeal explorations in bio art, robot art, bionic art, biotechnological art, digital art, artistic practices involving artificial life, etc. Biopolitical discourses and practices related to the use of new technologies
    New techno-scientific imageries
Methodologies to approach artistic practices that establish a link between body and techno-science.

Keynote: Dr. Marina Núñez (Universidad de Vigo)

    Poetics of the body in contemporary dance

The proposals to be presented in this panel will deal with the new role of the body in contemporary dance. Their analysis of the body and contemporary dance practices will be framed by theories of dance and phenomenological philosophy. Topics to be analysed include:

    The body and phenomenology in dance
    The body as an imaginary construct
    The thinking and feeling body in postmodern dance
    The new objectivity of the moving body
    New poetics of the body in dance

Keynote: Dr. Roberto Fratini (Institut del Teatre, Barcelona)

3.Embodiments of discomfort

Under the heading “embodiments of discomfort,” we wish to gather a series of contributions approaching the topic from two angles: On the one hand, we are interested in proposals that look at recent phenomena by means of theories of affect, welfare and gender. On the other hand, this panel encourages submissions from researchers who seek an understanding of cultural practices embodying recent political crises, with a particular focus on those practices thematising geo-political events beyond a Euro-American framework.

    Politicizations of discomfort
    Welfare ethics in artistic processes
Artistic performances in dictatorial regimes and other cultures marked by state intervention Approaches to actionism in countries with socialist and communist societies or heritage Performative redefinitions of cultural categories such as sex, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
    Novel readings of actionist art
    Bodily trash

Keynotes: Marcelo Expósito –member of the academic direction of Independent Studies Program (PEI), MACBA- and Dr. Pavlína Morganová –Academy of Fine Arts, Prague-.

People who are interested in participating are invited to send an abstract by June 25th 2017 to the following e-mail address: (challengingcorporealities /at/

Papers can be carried out in English, Catalan and Spanish. In order to facilitate the communication between the attendees we ask that they be done in English or that a version of the paper in this language will be prepared.

Proposal format (two separate documents):


    Format .doc, .docx, .rtf, .odt
    Languages: English, Spanish and Catalan
    Abstract (300 words maximum)
    Between 3 and 5 keywords.

     Short biography:

    Format .doc, .docx, .rtf, .odt
    Languages: English, Spanish and Catalan
    Name and surname
    Institutional affiliation (in case of having it)
    Email address
    Brief curriculum (100 words maximum)
Information and contact person (only if the communication is presented by more than one author)
    Abstract title

You will receive confirmation of acceptance of the proposed presentation by July 18th, 2017.

Each paper is allocated 20 minutes and will be followed by a discussion.

Organizing Committee

Organizing Team

    Dr. Daniel López del Rincón -Universidad de Barcelona-
    Dr. Laia Manonelles -Universidad de Barcelona-
    Dr. Magda Polo -Universidad de Barcelona-
    Víctor Ramírez Tur -Universidad de Barcelona-

Technical assistante

    Eugenie Maria Theuer – University of Vienna-
    Dr. Fernanda de Oliveira Gomes -Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro-


Marcelo Expósito –member of the academic direction of Independent Studies Program (PEI), MACBA-
    Dr. Roberto Fratini -Institut del Teatre, Barcelona-
    Dr. Pavlína Morganová –Academy of Fine Arts, Prague-
    Dr. Marina Núñez -Universidad de Vigo-

Scientific Committee

    Teresa Aguilar -Universidad Internacional de La Rioja-
    Zdenca Badovinac -Moderna galerija, Ljubljana-
    Maria-Josep Balsach -Universitat de Girona-
    Joan Maria Minguet -Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona-
    Ingeborg Reichle -Universidad de Artes Aplicadas de Viena-
    Meri Torras -Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona-
    Mariela Yeregui -UNTREF, Argentina-
    Remedios Zafra -Universidad de Sevilla-

Conference funded by the project “Art, Architecture and new materialities” (HAR2014-59261-C2-1-P) Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad – Universitat de Barcelona.


The programme will be announced in the near weeks. Sorry for the inconvenience

Confirmed keynotes:

Marcelo Expósito –member of the academic direction of Independent Studies Program (PEI), MACBA-
    Dr. Roberto Fratini -Institut del Teatre, Barcelona-
    Dr. Pavlína Morganová –Academy of Fine Arts, Prague-
    Dr. Marina Núñez -Universidad de Vigo-

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