Somatic Times - Understanding the Relations between Human Bodies and Conceptions of Time

Somatic Times - Understanding the Relations between Human Bodies and Conceptions of Time
Activity Date: 
Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017 to Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017

This two-day international conference explored the empirical and theoretical dimensions of somatic-temporal relations, including the connection and tension between theory and practice and between individual experiences and scientific frameworks, as well as between pre-modern ideas of body and time and modern ones. Bringing together scholars and practitioners from the humanities and arts (history, classics, philosophy, cinema, photography) as well as social and life sciences (sociology, anthropology, physiotherapy, biology) we discussed methodological, practical and theoretical concepts related to somatic times. We addressed questions such as: how is time used in the assessment of the body – e.g. in diagnosing it as ‘healthy’, ‘normal’, ‘unhealthy’ or ‘abnormal? Who is responsible for defining somatic time-frames and what are the consequences of these definitions? How does the individual experience of time with respect to the body, or of the body with respect to time, relate to the social and scientific time-framing of bodies? Are there differences in the conceptions of somatic-temporal relations throughout history and across cultures? How are the relations between time and body expressed in art works and how do these relations affect the artists and their audience? 40-minute slots for each speaker facilitated a dynamic and in-depth engagement with particular arguments raised in the talks as with the topic as a whole.