Southern California 2012 Annual Symposium

with the co-sponsorship of Chapman University Art Department
Invite you to participate at the

“Somaesthetics: images of the body, images of the mind”
SATURDAY, October 27th, 2012

Sleeping Hermaphrodite, Roman, 2nd century A.D.

Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

10 AM to 5 PM, (Lunch 12:30 to 1:30)

This year’s theme reflects the association’s interest in interdisciplinary approaches to art history. Recent advances in philosophy, psychology and the cognitive sciences have drawn attention to new concepts of body consciousness, or somatic consciousness, suggesting that the body is the basic medium of perception and therefore knowledge. Moving beyond the duality of body and mind, somatic philosophy, thus, attempts to delineate a new relationship between body, ethics and aesthetics (somaesthetics). The conference papers that will address the manner in which representations of the body may suggest ways of thinking about knowledge, seeing, perception, the ontology of the body and other embodied functions.

List of Speakers:

Robert Drury King
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sierra Nevada College

Vanessa Crosby
Ph.D. Candidate in Religious Studies at Northwestern University

Jamie Buettner
M.A. Candidate in Art History at California State University, Fresno

Dr. Livia Stoenescu
Professor of Art History (adjunct faculty) California Lutheran University, Los Angeles

Megan Ewing
Ph.D. Candidate Princeton University, German Literature

Elise Archias
Assistant Professor of art history at the University of Illinois, Chicago

Derek Murray
Assistant Professor, History of Art and Visual Studies University of California, Santa Cruz

Mary Thomas
Ph.D. Candidate, Visual Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Jane Chin Davidson
Asst. Professor of Contemporary Art/Art History University of Houston