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Co-agitō ergo sum: Bodies in Rhythm and Rhythms of Embodiment 
César Enrique Giraldo Herrera (Leibniz-ZMT Centre for Marine Tropical Research)
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Panel Discussion
Start time:
24 March, 2021 at
Time zone: Europe/London
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Short Abstract:

This panel explores the whirling dynamics of embodiment and its cinematics. How rhythm, with its physiology, underlays and mediates action and perception, collective experience, shaping organisms and identities, constituting or dowsing personhoods, affording means of evoking and empathizing.

Long Abstract:

The different papers in this panel question and expand the notion of embodiment, exploring how bodies: physical, social, politic, and ecologic, come to be. They emphasize the role of iterative movement, of rhythm, mediating action and perception, enabling forms of collective experience that shape physiologies and identities, constituting or dowsing personhood. These rhythms of embodiment afford means of evoking, eliciting, enticing and empathizing through which representation can transcend itself. If we attend to the beat of embodiment, perhaps, we can spin around that solipsistic dream of the Cartesian formula "Cogito ergo sum" ([I] think therefore [I] am). Cogito: to think was already the contraction of co- +‎ agitō (Lewis and Short 1879). The prefix co- already implies togetherness, mutuality and reciprocality. Agitō (from ago: to act) is to stir up, guide, agitate, drive, lead, pursue, to care about. Then Cogito then is already necessarily to co-agitate or to co-guide: to disturb and be disturbed, to lead and let oneself be lead, to act with something, mutually and/or reciprocally affecting one another. Co-agitō ergo sum: Acting together therefore exists. This alternative interpretation doesn't lend itself to solipsism and perhaps finally surpasses the mind/body dualism.

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