Dissecting the Visceral Body, Across Time and Disciplines


Event Date: 1 March 2019
The Macmillan Hall
Senate House
Malet Street
Bloomsbury,
London WC1E 7HU

The Warburg Institute presents:

Dissecting the Visceral Body, Across Time and Disciplines

This one day conference will focus on the visceral body and its historical understanding across disciplines. In particular, we will be addressing how historical and cultural perspectives, scientific investigations and representations in arts have motivated key questions about the role that the visceral body plays in the quest to understand human condition. This interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective is motivated by a renewed focus on the viscera and emotions across humanities, a surge of scientific interest across psychological sciences and neurosciences on interoception (i.e. the perception of internal visceral signals) and on the long-standing importance of the body and its passions in arts.

Film Screening: The event will conclude with the screening of the short film “A Hunger Artist”, (2017, HD film, 16 minutes) by artist and academic Prof Daria Martin followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Dr Noga Arikha, between the artist and Dr Katerina Fotopoulou (UCL) and Dr Jenny Chamarette (Queen Mary). A Hunger Artist, (2017) adapts Franz Kafka’s 1922 modernist short story of the same name: a strange allegory about spectacle, spectators, power and narcissism.

Organizers : Prof Manos Tsakiris (The Warburg Institute & Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Fay Bound Alberti

Speakers: Dr Fay Bound Alberti (UK), Dr Helena de Preester (University of Ghent), Dr Jack Hartnell, (University of East Anglia), Prof Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford University), Prof Jane Macnaughton (Durham University), Prof Sarah Garfinkel (University of Sussex), Prof Manos Tsakiris (The Warburg Institute)

Panelists: Prof Daria Martin (Oxford), Dr Katerina Fotopoulou (UCL), Dr Jenny Chamarette (Queen Mary)

Programme:

Welcome by Professor Bill Sherman (Director, Warburg Institute) and Introduction by Professor Manos Tsakiris (Warburg):

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Dr Fay Bound Alberti (University of York) –  Gendering Interoception: Scientific Knowledge and the Heart of Harriet Martineau
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Professor Manos Tsakiris (Warburg Institute) – The heartfelt self : interoception and (hi)stories of the self
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Screening of ‘Hunger Artist’ by Daria Martin followed by Panel Discussion: (Panel Chair : Dr Noga Arikha, Panelists : Professor Daria Martin (Oxford), Dr Katerina Fotopoulou (UCL), Dr Jenny Chamarette (Queen Mary)

Daria Martin, A Hunger Artist, 2017 (excerpt) from Film London on Vimeo.

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Professor Jane Macnaughton (Durham University) – Sensation and the symptom: understanding the feeling of breathlessness

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Professor Sarah Garfinkel (University of Sussex) –  Hearts and Minds: Interoception and mental health
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Professor Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford University) – Bodily Climates: Health Resorts and the Invalid Body, 1850-1900
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Concluding remarks by Professor Manos Tsakiris and Dr Fay Bound Alberti:
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