Vol. 9 No. 1 (2023)
Somaesthetics, the aesthetics of the living body, is a multi- and interdisciplinary field with a focus on sensory perception and cognition. Somaesthetics designates an interdisciplinary framework rather than a singular philosophical position. It deals, on the one hand, with the aesthetic experience of the body as a practice proper and, on the other hand, with the academic conceptualization of the experiencing and experienced body. It approaches the body as the mediating center of sensory experiences, cognitive realization and agency.
Somaesthetics describes an integrative field of research where aesthetic experiences meet theories about the body including its biological structures and functions, its phenomenological and epistemological functions, and its position and significances in culture and societies. It comprises investigations and reflections concerning the body and its personal, social, cultural and political underpinnings and significance. Pragmatism, phenomenology, Eastern philosophies, sociology, biology and neuroscience have, among others, provided insights into this domain. Of particular interest is the aesthetic experience, the creative practice and their transformative and ameliorative potentials. Aesthetic considerations go well beyond the arts including everyday life and its various domains. The aesthetics of the body has proved important in a variety of domains such as art and culture, many design practices, health care and health studies, technology, urban live, nature and environmental changes and many more.
The volume 9 No.1 of the Journal of Somaesthetics is a collection papers in various formats that are published continuously as they get accepted for publication.