touchy-subjects

“Touchy Subjects” March 2022
an Experiential Conference in Denmark

Welcoming practitioners from the worlds of performance, therapy, art, fascia, sensors, medicine and neuroscience. We are looking for people who are deeply interested in the touchy subject TOUCH, and have been or are currently researching, studying, performing, practicing within the field.

“Touchy Subjects responds by taking the opportunity to bring together practitioners from the worlds of performance, therapy, art, fascia, sensors, medicine and neuroscience, to share joint experiences, learn from them and each other, and explore new approaches to researching TOUCH.”

The neurotypical normativity of touch often means that non-touch is an assumed baseline, that face-to-face encounters in chairs and talking are expected, and that consent is still rare in almost all situations. As the me-too movement has enabled public discussions of touch and consent to enter a new stage, we are interested in how to honor the richness of touch in different modalities, different settings, and in neurodiversity.

The conference will be in Copenhagen and Aarhus in March 2022. We begin in Copenhagen at the Nikolaj Kunsthal, with two days of workshops and experiences: art installations, performances, presentations, and guided explorations. The second two days are at Aarhus University and host presentations and conversations across neuroscience, bodywork, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy.

Proposed Schedule here!

A collaboration between IMC (Interacting Mind Centre) Aarhus University, and the Danish National School of Performing Arts.

Sincerely

Dorte Bjerre Jensen, Joe Dumit, & Andreas Roepstorff

get in touch with us at touchysubjectsconf@gmail.com

Participants

Touchy Subjects accumulating

Here are our participants.

Copenhagen Workshops & Experiences & Discussions

Aarhus University Presentations & Discussions

Virtual

If you’re interested, contact us at touchysubjectsconf@gmail.com Please let us know about yourself, your interest in this conference, your interests in general. And if you’d like to be part of the evolving program!

Organizers

Organizers

Dorte Bjerre Jensen

Dorte Bjerre Jensen is a dancer/performer, researcher, therapist, teacher and organizer, and she is deeply interested in bodily movement and expression as an art form both in practice and in theory. As an artist she creates, directs and performs.

Joseph Dumit

Joe Dumit is an anthropologist of passions, brains, games, bodies, improvisation, drugs, and facts. He is chair of Performance Studies and professor of Science & Technology Studies and Anthropology at UC Davis. He directs the Group Improvisation Lab Labs as part of the ModLab.

Andreas Roepstorff

Andreas Roepstorff is director of the Centre for Interacting Minds and professor of Cognition, Communication and Culture in the Department of Clinical Medicine and School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University.

Get in touch

Get in touch

Contact us at touchysubjectsconf@gmail.com Please let us know about yourself, your interest in this conference, your interests in general. We cannot add you to the program but want to help circulate your interest!