06 June 2023 | 09:00 — 11:00

Online e in presenza

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula piccola

Online e in presenza

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula piccola

FBK-ISR International Seminar 2023

In this talk, I will critically analyze the relationship between embodiment and the digital self through a series of theoretical steps:
1) I will briefly provide the historical-philosophical context of the emergence of the problem, namely the debate on mind/body dualism, reconstructing the dualistic (Cartesian) and anti-dualistic (phenomenological) argument with reference to the so-called “new digital Cartesianism” (Boler 2012);
2) I will question the dualistic argument by providing a three-step counter-argument: i. contestation of the mind-body detachment through reference to the concept of technological mediation; ii. embodiment as a guarantee of socialization and sharing of subjective digital experience; iii. re-conceptualization of embodiment as a dual and complementary dynamic between extension (subjective side) and embodiment (objective side of artifacts);
3) I will focus on the third of these steps by delving into the relationship between extension and embodiment with reference to the analyses carried out by Dutch scholar Helena De Preester (2011) and proposing a model of digital embodiment partially divergent from hers. In particular, I will show how extension and embodiment can be conceived of as two different perspectives on the same phenomenon, i.e., two different ways of looking at the constitution of the digital self (either from the subjective operations of extension or from the progressive incorporation of artifacts on the objective side).

Scientific coordination:
Massimo Leone, Director FBK-ISR


Cycle of seminars: “(Dis)Embodiment in Religion and Ethics

The seminar will be held in Italian

The presentation will be in-person in the FBK Aula Piccola while seats last and online

Registration by June 5, 2023 at 12:00 a.m. is required in order to arrange the connection



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  • Guest Speaker
    Federica Buongiorno is Senior Researcher in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Florence, where she also teaches a course in Phenomenology of Technology, and a Visiting Fellow (2022-2024) at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry of Berlin. Since 2017, she has been qualified as associate professor in the field M-FIL/01 (Theoretical Philosophy). Her areas of specialization are Husserlian and post-Husserlian phenomenology, philosophy of technology, digital studies, and cyberfeminism. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2013 from "Sapienza" University of Rome with a dissertation on the pre-categorial in early Husserl. She has done research at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici of Naples (2012-2013), the Freie Universität Berlin (2014-2017), the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici of Naples (2017), the Technische Universität Dresden (2017-2020) and the ICI Berlin (2020-2021). She is editor in chief of the journal "Azimuth" and co-founder and editor in chief of the philosophical book series “Umweg” (Inschibboleth editions). She collaborates as a translator from German for several Italian publishing houses.


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Registration closed on 05/06/2023.


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