An Embodied Approach to the Study of Experience (EASE)

28th and 29th October
Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso, Chile

This conference seeks to advance the methodological, theoretical and epistemological challenges posed by the implementation of an embodied approach to the study of the experience.

It is organized by the Centro de Estudios Laboratorio de Fenomenología Corporal, in collaboration the Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso (ISCV) and the Psychology Faculty of the Diego Portales University and the sponsorship of the Programa de Colaboración Internacional of Conicyt.


The advent of the enactive approach to cognition produced a paradigm shift that has given a central place to the body and subjective experience in various fields of research. This paradigm shift converges with the development of the field of phenomenology, which gives an increasingly central role to embodiment in the study and understanding of human experience. Notions such as body resonance, body consciousness, aesthetic body resonance, body memory, somatic markers, among others, have been opening a fruitful dialogue both at philosophical and epistemological levels as well as at an applied level (for example in areas such as cognitive sciences, neurosciences, psychology, psychiatry, linguistics, medicine, anthropology, education, artificial intelligence, design, architecture, urbanism, etc.). 

The growing emphasis on the study of lived experience requires methodologies that permits its study from a first-person perspective. This has allowed the establishment of bridges between the scientific world and the arts as practices that offer alternatives roads to the understanding of human experience.

These developments involve theoretical, epistemological and methodological challenges that we have organized around the following axes:


1. What do we mean by the notion of Experience?

  • What do we mean by lived experience? Is it the notion differently understood in the enactive and the embodied approach? In different branches of phenomenology? Which methodological consequences for the study of experience have these different understandings? 
  • Considering the phenomenological approach as a practice for the study of experience, how do we understand the notion of “structure” of experience? 
  • If a person’s socio-cultural context and previous experiences are a constitutive part of the experience under study, how do we understand the suspension of the “natural attitude”? To what extent is it possible?

2. The notion of memory and the study of experience

  • Given that experience is always studied in retrospect, how is memory understood from the enactive and the embodied approaches? How is it understood from a phenomenological approach? What are the methodological and epistemological consequences of such understandings? 
  • How is the phenomenon of false memories understood under these approaches?
  • How can enactive, embodied and phenomenological frameworks broaden our understanding and treatment of traumatic memories? 
  • Conversely, how can somatic approaches to trauma treatment broaden our understanding of the notion of memory?

3. Roads to human experience: the question of language

  • How do we understand the relationship between experience and language within the enactive approach to cognition? 
  • Since the possibility of referring to our experiences goes hand in hand with language development, can we consider the existence of pre-conceptual dimensions of experience? If so, does verbalizing our experiences imply reducing them or being able to distinguish them? 
  • What is the difference between expressing, describing and representing one’s own experience? 
  • Can body and expressive practices serve as tools to address the non-conceptual and conceptual dimensions of experience?  If so, what would be the epistemological implications of such a possibility?

The format of the conference

The conference will take place over the course of two days and will combine oral presentations, practical workshops and poster presentations. For an overview, see the program.

The conference will be in Spanish and English and will have simultaneous translation in both languages.

Call for Posters

We invite you to participate in this conference and to submit posters for presentation regarding the questions described above or other related issues. While this conference is focused on philosophical and psychological issues, it is open to scientific contributions from different disciplines as well. For registration and submissions, please follow the registration link. The registration is open to anyone and not restricted to academic scholars.

If you would like to submit a poster proposal, in your registration, include an abstract in Spanish or English, with a maximum of 300 words.

The deadline for abstract submissions is the 30th August. Notification of selected abstracts will be given by the 30th September.

Special Issue

Please also watch our Call for Papers that accompanies the conference. Selected papers will be published after the conference as Target Articles in the journal Constructivist Foundations, accompanied by Open Peer Commentaries.

For further questions regarding submissions please contact Camila Valenzuela at

Conference fees

Standard fee: $40.000 CLP (60 USD) 

Early registration: $30.000 CLP (45 USD) before the 30th August



The conference will be held at the Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso.
How to get there?

The Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso is located at Subida Artillería 470 at the Cerro Artillería in Valparaíso.

From Santiago’s airport take a bus  to Metro Pajaritos (it’s the first stop going into the city). From here, buses  departs every 10 minutes to Valparaiso (Tour-Bus and Pullman are well-stablished bus lines). It takes about 90 minutes to get to Valparaiso and the  tickets are around $5.000 chilean pesos. 

From Valparaíso, take the “taxi colectivo” 3 red (Pacífico, Sanatorio, San Roque) that goes down 12 de Febrero street and circulates through Blanco street, ask to the taxi driver to leave you at the car exit of the Naval Museum. You can also take the 510 bus that also runs through Blanco street that will leave you at the intersection of Avenida Playa Ancha with Avenida Gran Bretaña and you must walk down the street Subida Artillería in the direction of “Paseo 21 de Mayo”.

From Viña del Mar take bus 216 or 602 and get off at the intersection of Avenida Playa Ancha with Avenida Gran Bretaña and go down the street Subida Artillería in the direction of “Paseo 21 de Mayo”.

The entrance to the Institute is on foot through the car exit of the Naval Museum, you will find a guard of sailors, and immediately on the left hand side you will see the house of the Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso


Aquí encontraran algunas alternativas de alojamiento cerca del Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso.

Here you will find some accommodation alternatives near the Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso.

Algunas opciones en el centro de la ciudad / Some options in the city centre:

También pueden buscar otras opciones aquí / You can also search for other options here:

y siempre está la opción de Airbnb / and there’s always the Airbnb option:



Universidade Federal do Sul da Bahia, Brazil.

Luciana Beatriz Ávila is professor at Federal University of Southern Bahia, Campus Sosígenes Costa – Porto Seguro, in the area of ​​Languages. She holds a degree in Portuguese Language from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (1998), a Master’s in Linguistics from the same University (2003) and a PhD in Linguistic Studies from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, being visiting scholar at the Center of Linguistics of the University of Lisbon, under the supervision of Dr. Amália Mendes from January to August 2013. Her research interests intertwine conceptions of language, cognition, grammar and usage, focusing mainly on the following topics: cognitive grammar, modality, oral and written corpora, semantic annotation, empirical methodology, comparative studies based on corpora between variants of the Portuguese language and Romance languages.

Naropa University, USA.

Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS, is the founder of and
professor emeritus in the Somatic Counseling Program at Naropa University,
where she taught somatic counseling, clinical neuroscience, research, and
diversity issues. Her work, called the Moving Cycle, spotlights natural play, early
physical imprinting, fully sequenced movement processes, the opportunities in
addiction, and a trust in the authoritative knowledge of the body. She has taught
at the University of Maryland, George Washington, Concordia, Seoul Women’s
University, Southwestern College, and Pacifica, and trains, teaches and lectures
internationally. She has published over 30 articles and chapters, and her books
include Getting Our Bodies Back, Getting In Touch, The Body and Oppression,
and Bodyfulness.

Centro de Integración Cognitivo Corporal, Chile. 

Biologist from the Universidad de Chile. In 1985 he began his research in «Dynamics of action of Emotions» in the Laboratory of Neurobiology and Experimental Epistemology of the Faculty of Sciences of the Universidad deChile, under the direction of Dr. H. Maturana. She is a founding member and director of the Center for Body Cognitive Integration, where she investigates and supervises the theoretical-practical application of the MICC in the areas of education, psychotherapy and personal development. Since 2011 she has been a professor in the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at the Universidad de Chile, where she teaches the course «Cognitive-Corporal Integration, Learning and Communication».

Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Felipe Cussen (Santiago, Chile, 1974) holds a PhD in Humanities at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and teaches at Instituto de Estudios Avanzados, Universidad de Santiago de Chile. His main fields of research are experimental literature, the relationships between literature, visual arts and music, and mysticism. He’s one of the founders of La Oficina de la Nada, is part of Foro de Escritores, Collective Task, and collaborates regularly with the electronic musician Richi Tunacola. 

University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Thomas Fuchs, psychiatrist and philosopher, is Karl Jaspers Professor for Philosophy and Psychiatry at the Department of General Psychiatry, Universität Heidelberg. His research areas lie at the intersection of phenomenology, psychopathology and cognitive neuroscience, with a main emphasis on embodiment, enactivism, temporality and intersubjectivity.

Alanus University for Arts and Social Sciences, Germany.

Head of DMT Program/Director of the Research Institute for Creative Arts Therapies (RIArT). Her research interests are in the area of embodiment and related theoretical approaches such as enaction, dynamic systems theory, ecological approaches, which understand the human condition as based upon its organismic nature with its capacity for self-organization and interactional ressonance. She apply this approach in the area of creative arts therapies, where music, art, dance, theatre, poetry, and play are used for promoting physical, social, and psychological health and body mind unity.

Arte Abisal, Chile.

Victoria Jolly (1982): – Chilean master in architecture from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) and visual artist. He is currently working as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC), giving experimental courses on the technology of concrete materials. Co-founder and inhabitant of the «Ciudad Abierta»since 2007, where she has developed her work of experimental architecture. President of the Cultural Corporation Amereida 2014-2016. Since 2015, she co-created the workshop Arte Abisal, artistic collective with autistic people, in Ciudad Abierta (2019). She has participated in experimental and artistic projects such as Poetic acts MOMA PS1-New York, USA (2012); art residence Ephemeral Art + Architecture I- Park Foundation (2012), United States; Utopia in Progress, CIVA Brussels, Belgium (2015). Curator of the exhibition «The invention of a sea, Amereida 1965/2017» at the MNBA, Santiago (2017). Editor of the book «Amereida, la invención de un mar», Polygraph, Barcelona (2019). She was invited to the Biennial of Contemporary Art BoCA 2019 to make a site-specific work at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon, Portugal. Her professional development revolves around the experimentation of materials, participating in multidisciplinary projects as an architect and visual artist.

Sebastián de Larraechea (1981): – graduated composer and master in arts of the PUC, studied 3 years architecture in the PUCV and did a diploma of scenic direction in the Teatro de la Memoria. He is a teacher in the Universidad Andrés Bello and does private classes of musical composition and scenic art. He lives in the «Ciudad Abierta» of the Amereida Cultural Corporation, where he is in charge of carrying out free cultural activities and concerts open to the community, performing more than 70 concerts and 10 seminars on art and music. He is general director of the project art Abisal an artistic collective with young people with disabilities quintero. He has created works in different formats, such as for orchestra, camera, soloist instruments, films, plays and dance. creator and curator of the exhibition «the invention of a sea» held at the MNBA and later in the ex-prison cultural park. participates in the Biennial of contemporary art Lisboa «Boca».


Universidad de Chile, Chile.
Es licenciado en Ciencias con mención en Biología y Doctor en Ciencias Biológicas con mención en Fisiología y Neurobiología, de la Universidad de Chile. Es miembro fundador de la Sociedad Chilena de Biología Evolutiva y de la Sociedad Chilena de Neurociencias. A su vez, pertenece a la Society for Neurosciences de Estados Unidos y a la Sociedad de Biología de Chile. Ha dirigido numerosas unidades de investigación, de estudiantes de Pregrado y Postgrado, interesándose principalmente en la anatomía y fisiología comparada del sistema visual en vertebrados.

Universidad de Chile, Chile.

Danilo Rodriguez Lizana, psychologist and bachelor in social science of Diego Portales
University. Following his academic experience, he specialized as an adult clinical
psychologist in the Posrationalist Phenomenological Hermeneutic model at the Society of Postrationalist Cognitive Therapy. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree on Adult Clinical Psychology, with a Cognitive Constructivist approach, at Universidad de Chile and finishing his training program in Micro phenomenological Interview at the Laboratorio de Fenomenología Corporal.
He has worked as clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in both, public and private
health systems. During the last time he has started to engage in the academic and
investigation areas. His research and personal interests are psychotherapy,
phenomenology and hermeneutics, artificial intelligence, mind philosophy, music,
literature and surf.

Asociación Internacional para la Psicoterapia y
Psicoanalisis Relacional, Chile.

María Catalina Scott Espínola is a psychologist graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an associated member of the Chilean chapter of the International Association of Psychoanalysis and Relational Psychotherapy (IARPP).

Currently, and for more than three decades, she has dedicated herself to psychoanalytic psychotherapy for adults through her private practice as an independent psychologist and, in addition, she has worked as an academic at the university in these fields.