Developmental Perspectives on Embodiment

4th - 6th April 2019 

Embodiment has become a key concept in human life sciences and humanities. However, a closer look unveils that embodiment definitions vary strongly among research areas and theoretical schools. Consequently, inter- and transdisciplinary conceptualizations of embodiment as well as practical collaborations face the problem of how to integrate data across disciplines and the involved levels, data modalities, and types of knowledge production of embodiment. This is especially the case in some recently emerged research areas, which try to integrate psychological and neurophysiological or molecular data in experimental designs such as movement studies, social developmental neuroscience, and neuroepigenetics of stress, learning, and memory. In addition, in the human life sciences the potential influence of underlying developmental processes on embodiment are often not taken into account despite their significance for the mechanisms under study. 

This workshop aims at retracing the developmental processes underlying different levels of embodiment and at developing an integrative framework across different embodiment concepts in psychology, movement studies, neuroscience, and neuroepigenetics. 




Vanessa Lux (Bochum)
Melanie Krüger (Munich)


Suparna Choudhury (Montreal)
Thomas Fuchs (Heidelberg)
Gustaf Gredebäck (Uppsala)
James Kilner (London)
Amy L. Non (San Diego)
Penny Pexman (Calgary)
Gregor Schöner (Bochum)
Waltraud Stadler (Munich)
Cordula Vesper (Aarhus)
Lilian Weber (Zurich)
Karen Zentgraf (Frankfurt/M.)


Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)
Methoden 1
33615 Bielefeld, Germany

Getting there

In the media:

A summary of the course and first outcomes of the workshop are presented in the "ZiF news". (Issue: 2/2019, Link)

The workshop was presented in a short profile on Facebook by the Bielefeld University. (Link)