2018 Colloquia Series

2018 Colloquia Series

Upcoming CEPET Colloquium


A/Prof Susanne Ravn, University of Southern Denmark

Susanne Ravn is Associate professor and Head of the research unit ‘Body, Culture and Society’ at the Department of Sports Science, University of Southern Denmark. Her doctoral work (2008) focuses on the phenomenological approaches to skilled movement in dance practice. She has published widely on the phenomenology of dance, the phenomenology of sport & learning performances and on research methodologies – especially on the integration of qualitative research methodologies into phenomenological analysis, and. She has also been the leading investigator on several funded research projects on topics such as Dance practice and skilled performance in sport. Click here to read more about A/Prof Ravn's research.

  • Title: Improvisation and sense of agency: The case of dancers
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Time: 2:30-3:30pm
  • RSVP: Kirk Olsen (kirk.olsen@mq.edu.au)
  • Abstract: In accordance with current dance scholars and phenomenologists discussing the non-static context which in different degrees characterize the live performance, this paper is grounded in the argument that we should think of any dance as improvised - albeit in different ways and degrees (Bresnahan 2014; Benson 2003). At the same time, however, we should also recognize that for decades dancers have emphasized that their experiences of engaging deliberately in improvisation are very different compared to performing in a choreographed piece (e.g. De Spain 2014; Albright and Gere 2003). Thus, the aim of this paper is to phenomenologically investigate the deliberate practices of improvising in dance. On a methodological level I contend that the best way to understand the experiences – and the mind – of the athlete or artist is to pair an empirical, ethnographic, interview-based direct encounter with him or her, with a phenomenological and/or enactive theoretical perspective that takes the integrity of the first-person perspective as a seriously first step for a phenomenological analysis (e.g. Ravn and Høffding, 2017). On this empirical foundation, I argue that expert improvisers are masters of certain oscillations of their intentionality and sense of agency (Ravn 2016, 2018) and that enactivism (Di Paolo, Buhrmann and Barandiaran 2017; Gallagher 2017) helps us to understand the transition of a sense of personal agency to an interactive and processual sense of agency. In a wider phenomenological perspective, I suggest that expert improvisers in dance thereby help us understand the way in which the mind can be present in movement.

Completed CEPET Colloquia in 2017-18

Dr Egbert Stolk, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

  • Title: Grip on complexity: Learning from urban design expertise
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Wednesday June 27, 2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Professor Peter Keller, Western Sydney University, Australia

  • Title: Individual differences in real-time interpersonal coordination skills
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Wednesday March 21, 2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Professor Nora S. Newcombe, Temple University, USA

  • Title: Mapping and Cognitive Mapping
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Thursday January 25, 2018
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Assistant Professor Jared Medina, University of Delaware, USA

  • Title: The cognitive neuropsychology of body representations
  • Where: Room 3.610, Level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Thursday November 23, 2017
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Associate Professor Manolya Kavakli-Thorne, Macquarie University, Australia

  • Title: Expertise building in design using augmented reality
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Wednesday September 13, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Emeritus Professor Gerry Fogarty, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

  • Title: Psychology, high performance, and military aviation
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Tuesday August 22, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Professor Dan Simons, University of Illinois, USA

  • Title: Do 'Brain Training' Programs Work?
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Tuesday June 20, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Associate Professor Donna O'Connor, University of Sydney, Australia

  • Title: Youth high-performance football environments: Current research and trends
  • Where: Room 3.610, level 3, Hearing Hub Building, Macquarie University
  • When: Tuesday May 23, 2017
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Professor Robert Vallerand, Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Comportement Social Université du Québec à Montréal and the Australian Catholic University

  • Title: On the two roads to excellence: The role of passion
  • Where: Macquarie University’s Senate Room, Building C8A, Room 310
  • When: Thursday February 16, 2017
  • Time: 12:00-1:00pm

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