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Respiratory Philosophy 2023 : Respiratory Philosophy: A Paradigm Shift in Philosophy

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When Jun 18, 2023 - Jun 21, 2023
Where Portorož, Slovenia
Submission Deadline Jan 5, 2023
Notification Due Feb 1, 2023
Final Version Due Jun 18, 2023
Categories    philosophy   breathing   humanities   social sciences
 

Call For Papers

Respiratory Philosophy: A Paradigm Shift in Philosophy

Conference co-organized byInstitute for Philosophical Studies, Science and Research Centre Koper &
Kobe Institute for Atmospheric Studies (KOIAS), Kobe University

Location and Date: Grand Hotel Bernardin (Portorož, Slovenia) June 18–21, 2023

Breathing is a rare theme in philosophy, and it is only in recent years that philosophy of breathing as a new way of doing philosophy has begun to interest some thinkers. The pioneers of the field are Luce Irigaray (1983), David Kleinberg-Levin (1984) and Peter Sloterdijk (1998). It was only in the 2010s that explicit and systematic studies have been published on the philosophy of breathing.

The respiratory philosophy as presented and articulated at this conference deals with our relationships with the atmospheres of breathing and air. “Breath” might seem like a peculiar project, or at the very least disconnected from the way in which most European philosophy has understood itself and its goals. But the “forgetting of air and breathing” (Irigaray) in European philosophical discourse is by itself one of the deepest, unacknowledged tensions, shaping its unfortunate outlook on the world. A new respiratory philosophy has the double merit of decolonizing the philosophical curriculum through an inclusion of non-European sources and insights, and of revealing how such “breathing” is a fundamental (even if erased) element of its own history. The potential of such a paradigm shift bears far-reaching consequences for the areas of ontology, ethics, poetics, politics, environment, spirituality, and health – as fields being in the forefront of this new respiratory paradigm.

The conference topics include and contributions are invited to address:
➢ Historical roots and intercultural aspects of air and breathing
➢ Forgotten Pre-Socratic philosophical thinking: pneuma, aer, psyche, thymos, phrenes
➢ Main European respiratory philosophers: Bachelard, Schmitz, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, Irigaray, Sloterdijk
➢ Prāṇa and breathing in Indian philosophies and religious systems
➢ Qi/ki in East Asian philosophies, bio-medicine, religious systems and martial arts
➢ Japanese aesthetics of atmospheres, sky, wind and breathing
➢ Main modern Japanese respiratory philosophers and practitioners: Okada, Fujita, Nakamura, Kato, Ogawa, Yamaguchi, Kuriyama
➢ Western respiratory and aerial poets and poetics of breathing: Shakespeare, Goethe, Hölderlin, Coleridge, Shelley, Rilke, Mörike, Claudel, Celan
➢ Respiratory and aerial ontology
➢ Respiratory and aerial ethics
➢ Atmospheric art
➢ Breathing as an embodied experience for aesthetic performance (dance, music, film, theatre, calligraphy)
➢ Cross-cultural respiratory philosophy and aesthetics
➢ Breath and olfactory philosophy
➢ “I can't breathe” and critical theory of race
➢ Respiratory democracy and breathing as a force of social justice
➢ Gender, disability, and queering breath
➢ Atmopolitics, bad air and environmental philosophy
➢ Breathing and breathlessness in a post-COVID world

Conference convenors: Lenart Škof, Yuho Hisayama and Petri Berndtson

Programme and organizing committee
Prof Dr Lenart Škof, Institute for Philosophical Studies, Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia
Assoc Prof Dr Dr Yuho Hisayama, Kobe Institute for Atmospheric Studies, Kobe University, Japan
Ass Prof Dr Magdalena Górska, Graduate Gender Studies Programme and Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Assoc Prof Dr Lorenzo Marinucci, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University and Kobe Institute for Atmospheric Studies, Japan
Dr Petri Berndtson, Institute for Philosophical Studies, Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia
Dr Maja Bjelica, Institute for Philosophical Studies, Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia

Proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent by January 5, 2023 to: respiratoryphilosophy@gmail.com
Selected presenters will be notified by February 1, 2023.

The conference is financially supported by Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS projects J7-1824 and P6-0279)

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