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Gestures and Artefacts: Diachronic Perspectives on Embodiment and Technology

Köln, 29 November- 1 December 2018

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Thyssen Foundation, Apostelnkloster 13-15, 50672 Cologne, Germany The international conference intends to take a diachronic perspective on the relationship between gestures and technical objects. The tactile-haptic exploration of the environment with its epistemic function for the perceiving agent, manipulative actions, and cognitive-semiotic gestures are fundamental for the evolutionary and historical development of anthropotechniques and their correlative cultural artefacts. Gestures are dynamic, performative and explorative; for the sake of clarity concerning our intentions, we can adapt Austin’s pragmatic function and ask: how to do things with hands (and bodies)? The following selection of speakers is confirmed: • Maysoon AlNahar (Jordan) • Mark Coeckelbergh (Vienna) • Alexander Gerner (Lisbon) • Tim Hunkin (Suffolk) • Sara Price (London) • Lambros Malafouris (Oxford) • Darian Meacham (Maastricht) • Irene Mittelberg (Aachen) • Ram Natarajan (Cambridge) • Jaana Parviainen (Helsinki) • Jürgen Richter (Cologne) • Johannes Schick (Cologne) • Pieter Vermaas (Delft) Attendance is free of charge; registration is not needed. The conference will be held in the rooms of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung as seen above, which will also cater for the physical wellbeing. Please be aware that the definite schedule will be made public under the following link: Organizers: Thiemo Breyer, Alexander Gerner, Niklas Grouls, Johannes Schick Hosting institutions: Collaborative Research Centre “Our Way to Europe” Cologne-Lisbon Philosophy of Technology Lab a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne