Conference on Modes of Dual-Aspect Monism

Donata Schoeller is an invited speaker at the international interdisciplinary conference on Modes of Dual-Aspect Monism, taking place in the Black Forest, June 14th to June 17th in Germany. She will present the philosophical background of ECT, elaborating how an experiential-embodied approach to meaning can overcome dominant cartesian cuts between body and mind, in theory as in practice.

Embodied Critical Thinking (ECT) – Kick Off Wednesday June 20 to Thursday June 21, 2018

Wednesday, June 20th

9.00 Introducing the project:
Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir: Philosophy oft he Body, Critical Thinking and ECT
Björn Thorsteinson: Phenomenology, embodiment, quantum physics and ECT
Donata Schoeller: Experiential Process Philosophy and ECT

10.30 Break

10.45 Introducing us to each other, part I
Principal investigators, partners, doctoral students, engaged teachers, involved guests:
• From where (discipline, area, experience) do I approach ECT
• Motivations, hopes, aims, challenges

12.45 Lunch

13.30 Configuring ECT Workshops
• Short intro of Donata’s experiences so far
• Jam session with all participants

14.40 Break – Coffee

15.00 Public lecture Claire Petitmengin: Introduction to Micro-Phenomenology
Lecture and Discussion

16.35 Break- Fruits/Drinks

16.45 Jam session on assessment
• how can we work together with the Interacting Minds Center and the Micro-Phenomenology Laboratory
• open questions: do we record/transcribe all process/team/assesing team etc.
• do we include brain-imaging? (difference of brain-activity with and without felt sense)

Thursday, June 21st

9.00 Thinking-at-the-Edge, first steps
• Practicing together

11.45 Break

12.00 Claire: Demonstration of Micro-Phenomenological Interview
• with one of us on TAE – experience

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Jam session Handbook:
• Fine tuning configuration of workshops
• Fine tuning assessment of workshops
• What do we want the handbook to look like?

15.30 Break

15.45 Jam session Monograph
• Approaches, Perspectives, Participants
• What do we want monograph to look like?

Planned ECT Workshops

Workshops related to the ECT project are planned in the following locations.

University of Luzern: Zentrum für Aufklärung, kritisches Denken und Pluralität. July 3 – July 4, 2018

University of Koblenz: Philosophy Department. Fall 2018

Filmakademie Baden Württemberg, November 26 – November 30, 2018

University of Iceland: Philosophy Department. Spring 2019

University of Aarhus: Interacting Minds Centre. Spring 2019

Symposium: The return of materialism(s)? Matter between science, theory and art – University of Iceland, Lögberg 101, April 13 2018

In recent years scholars, artists and scientists have been exploring “how matter comes to matter” through what is called new materialism. The material, objective world is not a mute or a passive canvas for human life to act upon but full of diverse kinds of active meaning-making to be found within and between e.g. ecosystems, neurotransmissions, plants or animals. Objecting to the human-centric approach which limits agency and relationality to the social lives of humans, new materialist scholars do radically interdisciplinary research in order to respond to the current economic, ecological and political crises. Stock market crashes, earthquakes and the increasing complexification of political and social systems (and their breakdowns) demonstrate not only that a new epistemic perspective is needed but that we need to collaborate in affirmative ways over traditional disciplinary lines.

The symposium The return of materialism(s)? which the centre of philosophy holds in relation to the COST-funded network project New Materialism – ‘How matter comes to matter’. Iris van der Tuin and Felicity Colman will begin by introducing new materialism and the COST-project followed by the Icelandic artist Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir, who will give a paper about the Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson art project You must carry me now, which explores the interconnections between eco-systems and social systems around the Grand Canyon in USA. The philosopher Jan Overwijk will give a paper on how Niklas Luhmann conceptualises social systems and how his thought can interact with new materialism. Subsequently the Icelandic research-project Embodied Critical Thinking will be introduced by Sigríður Þorgeirsdóttir and Björn Þorsteinsson. The symposium will finish with a panel discussion on the value of new materialism for academic research and social issues today.


13.00: What is new materialism? ­– Iris van der Tuin and Felicity Colman

13.15: You must carry me now – Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir

13.45: Luhmann’s Autopoietic System ­– Jan Overwijk

14.15: Coffee break

14.30: Embodied Critical Thinking – Sigríður Þorgeirsdóttir and Björn Þorsteinsson

15.00: Panel and Q&A