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An Enactive Approach to the Study of Experience

Special Issue of Constructivist Foundations to be published July 2020
Edited by Camila Valenzuela

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Expressions of interest due: 31 October 2019
Submission deadline for full paper submissions: 31 December 2019


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 a philosophical and epistemological level 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 allow its study from a first-person perspective. This has allowed the establishment of bridges between the scientific world and the arts, as practices that allow 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. The notion of experience: what is it that we are studying?

2. The notion of memory and the study of experience

3. Roads to human experience: the question of language

We invite researchers and professionals from different areas of knowledge to exchange experiences, theoretical and/or applied perspectives around these and other related questions.

This special issue is preceded by the Conference “An embodied approach in the study of experience” taking place on 28 and 29 October 2019 at the Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso, Chile.

Article submissions

The special issue will be organized around a number of target articles followed by Open Peer Commentaries. Expressions of interest to submit a target article, including a short abstract, should reach us by 31 October 2019. If your proposal is accepted, submission of the full paper (in English) is due 31 December 2019, followed by a double-blind review. In the case of conditional acceptance, sufficient time will be allocated for the revisions requested. Target articles should not exceed 9000 words. The special issue will be published in July 2020 in Constructivist Foundations.

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Declarations of interests, paper submissions, and all further inquiries should be sent by e-mail to the editors at:


31 Oct 2019: Expressions of interest (including abstract)
31 Dec 2019: Submission deadline for full papers
28 Feb 2020: Peer-review feedback returned to authors
31 Mar 2020: Revised paper submission
30 Apr 2020: Final paper submission, papers sent to Open Peer Commentary (OPC) authors
15 May 2020: Submission deadline for OPCs
15 Jun 2020: Author’s response to OPCs due
15 Jul 2020: Publication date


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