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Somaesthetics Unit is opening today at 2.00 pm in Cracow, at John Dewey Research Centre established at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University. The special guest is Professor Richard Shusterman, Atlantic University (USA), who is giving a lecture Pragmatism, Somaesthetics, and Contemporary Art. Postnatal Project will be performed by DF Dance Theatre.At 4.30 p.m. there will be a round-table discussion with aestheticians and dancers. The aim of the meeting is to exchange experiences between academics and dancers and to discuss the issues relating to somaesthetics, body consciousness and dance. The Unit has been organized by Lilianna Bieszczad, PhD.

The Unit refers to John Dewey’s notion of Body-Mind and Richard Shusterman’s somaesthetics, and its aim is to promote initiatives which problematize the tendency to draw dividing lines between the above-mentioned fields of human activity. The Unit focuses on soma, an active body capable of moving which, like somaesthetics, defies the dichotomic division between practical and theoretical spheres. On the one hand, somaesthetics involves reflection on discovering new abilities of body, its active cognitive potential; on the other hand, it relates to the actual care for the body consciousness and physical condition, not just by testing the capabilities and limitations of the body and its mobility, but also through examining and developing the sensitivity of the body, useful in our everyday lives.

The round-table discussion will also be the opportunity to discuss the experiences of the participants of the workshop Know yourself through your Body, organized by DF Dance Theatre. The aim of the workshop was to introduce academics to the practice of body consciousness. It took place in December 2010 and January 2011 at the Jagiellonian University’s Institute of Philosophy, launched by Katarzyna Skawińska and Anna Wańtuch of DF Dance Theatre and guided by Professor Krystyna Wilkoszewska. It was organized by Lilianna Bieszczad, PhD.The round-table discussion will be a unique exchange of experiences between academics and dancers.

Somaesthetics Unit Opening Programme

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