Embodied foundation – University of Copenhagen

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The embodied foundation of human communicative skills
21st to 23rd November 2012

Conference at The University of Copenhagen, Faculty of the Humanities  

About the conference

Scientific background and rationale

In the recent decades the insight that we socially engage in communication as whole human beings has overruled the Cartesian tradition of researching humans as compartmentalized entities. New activities in multidisciplinary research have been launched across the faculties. The purpose of the conference was to provide a proper forum for researchers to discuss and make explicit their respective theoretical assumptions, disciplinary foundations, and empirical approaches and results in relation to embodied human communication, i.e. emotion, language, art.

The conference focused on five themes of special relevance to non-verbal and verbal communication: 

  • theories of embodiment for communication
  • cognition and emotion in interaction
  • the development of embodied communication (including acquiring embodied communicative skills and compensating for loss of communicative skills)
  • embodiment in interaction
  • the importance of interpersonal experiences in learning non-verbal and verbal communicative skills

Across the five themes, special attention was paid to the interplay of non-verbal and verbal communicational aspects.

Further reading

Programme and abstracts

Scientific committee

Keynote speakers