Interdisciplinary Workshop: ‘Dissecting the visceral body, across time and disciplines’, London, 1 March 2019

Date: 10am-7pm, Friday 1 March 2019

Location: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London

‘Dissecting the visceral body, across time and disciplines’, An interdisciplinary workshop at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 1 March 2019

The Body & Image in Arts & Science (BIAS) project at the Warburg Institute organizes the 1-day workshop ‘Dissecting the visceral body, across time and disciplines’, co-organized by Prof Manos Tsakiris (The Warburg Institute & Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Fay Bound-Alberti on Friday March 1st, 2019, 10 am-7pm.

Topic: This one day conference will focus on the visceral body and its historical understanding across disciplines. In particular, we will be addressing how historical and cultural perspectives, scientific investigations and representations in arts have motivated key questions about the role that the visceral body plays in the quest to understand human condition. This interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective is motivated by a renewed focus on the viscera and emotions across humanities, a surge of scientific interest across psychological sciences and neurosciences on interoception (i.e. the perception of internal visceral signals) and on the long-standing importance of the body and its passions in arts and the history of culture and medicine.

10.00-10.15   Welcome
10.15-11.00    Helena De Preester (University of Ghent): Phenomenology of the body after interoception  
11.00- 11.45   Fay Bound Alberti (University of York)Gendering Interoception: Scientific Knowledge and the Heart of Harriet Martineau  
11.45- 12.30   Manos Tsakiris (The Warburg Institute): The heartfelt self : interoception and (hi)stories of the self   
12.30-13.30   Lunch break  
13.30- 14.45 Screening of ‘Hunger Artist’ by Daria Martin followed by Panel Discussion:  (Panel Chair : Noga Arikha, Panelists: Daria Martin (Oxford), Katerina Fotopoulou (UCL), Jenny Chamarette (Queen Mary)
14.45- 15.15 Tea break  
15.15-16.00 Jane Macnaughton (Durham University):  Sensation and the symptom: understanding the feeling of breathlessness  
16.00- 16.45 Sarah Garfinkel (University of Sussex): Hearts and Minds: Interoception and mental health
16.45—17.30   Jack Hartnell (University of East Anglia): Embodied Viscera in Medieval France
17.30 -18.15   Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford University)Bodily Climates: Health Resorts and the Invalid Body, 1850-1900

*Exact timing and order of presentations may be subject to small changes

Film Screening: During the workshop we will also screen the short film “A Hunger Artist”, (2017, HD film, 16 minutes) by artist and academic Prof Daria Martin followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Dr Noga Arikha,  between the artist and Dr Katerina Fotopoulou (UCL) and Dr Jenny Chamarette (Queen Mary). A Hunger Artist, (2017) adapts Franz Kafka’s 1922  modernist short story of the same name: a strange allegory about spectacle, spectators, power and narcissism.

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