Open Call for Submissions



The Journal of Somaesthetics

Open Call for Submissions

The Journal of Somaesthetics invites general submissions, on any topic related to the field of somaesthetics, from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective, for consideration for publication in forthcoming issues of the journal. The Journal of Somaesthetics is a peer-reviewed, online, academic journal devoted to research that advances the interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics, understood as the critical study and meliorative cultivation of the experience and performance of the living body (or soma) as a site of sensory appreciation (aesthesis) and creative self-stylization. The journal therefore welcomes contributions exploring the field of somaesthetics through one or more of the many disciplines that already inform this field: philosophy, aesthetics, arts and design research, technology studies, somatic, health, and social sciences, history, physiology, psychology and pedagogy. For more information about the journal, see

Papers should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words and prepared for blind review. They should also be prepared according to the Journal’s style guidelines as indicated on the Journal’s website.

Authors should submit a separate cover page indicating: author’s name, institutional affiliation, paper title and abstract, word count, keywords, and contact information. All submissions should be sent to Elizabeth Petersen, Assistant Editor at Please put “JOS Submission” in the subject line.

 Deadline: Ongoing- Papers will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Posted: 2017-04-17

CFP 2017 International Conference

CFP 2017 International Conference
Bodies in the Streets: Somaesthetics of City Life
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Posted: 2016-10-19 More...

Call for Papers: Bodies of Belief / Bodies of Care


Bodies of Belief:

Human bodies are shaped not only by their genetic endowment but also by the belief systems of the cultures in which they develop and function. Such belief systems vary from unarticulated background assumptions to ritualized practices and explicit doctrines or even to formulated laws enacted and enforced by social institutions. Likewise, belief’s somatic shaping ranges widely from the stylization of external appearance (including clothing and ornamentation) to the structuring of bodily actions and comportment (including essential practices like eating) and even to inner modes of affect (which are felt somatically). The beliefs that the human soma embodies and expresses are not confined to established social norms; they also include items of faith and commitment that are individualistic, nonconformist, or even antagonistic to the cultural mainstream. More than a mere instrument of compliance or worship, the soma is also a site and weapon of protest.

Bodies of Care:

Bodies are obviously the targets of one’s daily care in terms of personal hygiene, grooming, exercise, and proper nourishment. They are also objects of care in the sense of worry or concern, since we all suffer illness and death through our bodies. However, the sentient, purposive, active body or soma is also a subjectivity that examines and cares for the body as object, whether it be one’s own body or the bodies of others who one wants to help or comfort. We all need such curative help or comfort at some point in our lives; and some people devote their professional and personal lives to giving such care. Bodies need and give care in many ways and for many reasons: to overcome illness and disability, to address and alleviate dependence, to learn new skills and remedy bad habits, to inspire greater confidence for personal flourishing and greater social betterment. 

Abstracts of 250 words, and a current CV, should be sent electronically as attachments  to Richard Shusterman at

Posted: 2016-10-17

Bodies of Belief: Somaesthetics of Faith and Protest

The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 3-day conference, January 29–31, 2015, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.  
Posted: 2014-09-02 More...
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