Embodied Interaction II


 Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Jürgen Streeck (University of Texas at Austin)
Prof. Dan Zahavi (University of Copenhagen)

The symposium series on Embodied Interaction provides a forum for presenting studies and discussions of embodied approaches to interaction. The overall aim of the series is to investigate how embodied aspects of human interaction inform and develop our understanding of how people act and cooperate in daily life - i.e. how we solve problems, engage in social relationships, coordinate action and make sense of our environment.

The aim of the 2nd symposium on Embodied Interaction is to open up for new understandings of how rich embodiment is a fundamental part of meaning-making activities, affords participatory behaviour, influences memory of experiences and enables the achievement of tasks in different settings. Living bodies animate their world by engaging with it, by co-acting with it, and by drawing on multiple bodily and inter-bodily resources. The symposium promotes embodied, ecological studies of gesture and touch in meaning-making to facilitate discussions among researchers, across institutional as well as disciplinary boundaries, and by doing so integrate such studies with cognitive, communicative, ethnographic, socio-cultural, historical/literate and phenomenological perspectives. For the second symposium on Embodied Interaction, we invite investigations of such activities in a wide range of settings, including teaching, teamwork, everyday family interactions, psychotherapy, science, art, music and dance. Within this broad framework, attention is particularly centered around the function and nature of gesture, touch and embodied coordination in face-to-face interaction. 

Further, the ambition is to establish an interdisciplinary network of people who bring different perspectives on some of the following topics:

  • Universal and socio-cultural aspects of gesture
  • The role of gesture in ecological cognition and language
  • Gesture perspectives on human co-action and meaning-making
  • Gesture in organisational settings
  • Embodied interaction in psychotherapy

We welcome empirical-based papers as well as more philosophical and theoretical papers that emphasise new understandings of how rich embodiment prompts understandings in organisations. However, empirical research papers will be prioritised over theoretical papers.

Please submit a title and a 300-350 word abstract to or for oral presentation at the symposium (30 min slots including 20 min presentation and 7 min discussion).

Submission deadline: 1 May 2018

Notification of submission acceptance: 1 June 2018

If you have any questions, feel free to contact or

On behalf of the organising committee,
Sarah Bro Trasmundi & Johanne S. Philipsen

Call for Papers - Embodied Interaction II

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