Footnote lovers, Speakers, and Questioners: Submit Your Talk for the Center Camp Cafe Speaker Series!

Building an art installation or mutant vehicle? Planning to perform? Building a stage or performance space? Talk about your 2018 playa projects here.
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Footnote lovers, Speakers, and Questioners: Submit Your Talk for the Center Camp Cafe Speaker Series!

Post by chapless676 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:26 pm

Come share your brain, research, and experiences with us at the Center Camp Cafe Speaker Series.

Every year the Speaker Series has a sub-theme that we ask you consider how your talk might fit into it. Our sub theme for 2018 is

**Em(Body)ment- How every body (whether mechanical or flesh) effects the way we perceive and act**

From Wikipedia: Embodied cognition is the theory that many features of cognition, whether human or otherwise, are shaped by aspects of the entire body of the organism. The features of cognition include high level mental constructs (such as concepts and categories) and performance on various cognitive tasks (such as reasoning or judgment). The aspects of the body include the motor system, the perceptual system, bodily interactions with the environment (situatedness) and the assumptions about the world that are built into the structure of the organism.

Crudely: If you have hands, knobs are tools. If you do not, they may be impediments. We want to ask you to explore a way in which you, human, robot, or other, enter the world, specifically through physical embodiment and how that influences the way we perceive ourselves, each other, and interact with the world.

Some things to consider when submitting your topic may include:

-- How you reason and what you study based on your embodiment

-- How decisions are made based on embodiment

-- The way you speak/the language you use

Of course, we accept talks that are not specific to our theme, however talks that incorporate this year's event theme —I, Robot or Em(Body)ment—will be given scheduling priority.
Structure of Our Talks:

Talks generally range in length from 10-30 minutes.
There is a moderated Q&A that follows every talk ranging in time from 5-25 minutes depending on the submission, the time slot, and the audience engagement level. This is where the moderator and the audience can question and engage with the presenter on their assumptions and thesis.
All submissions and topics are welcome, as long as general Burning Man ethos and values are upheld i.e. no promotions of products, corporations, political candidates, or rigid partisanship.
We are looking for speakers and talks, not workshops.
We are looking for fully structured talks that reveal and explore the nature of the topic submitted. Research, whether academic or experiential is welcomed and appreciated.
We are a family friendly venue until dark, and we have no speaker slots after dark this year, though that doesn't mean that we will not accept talks on 'racy' or more 'adult' subjects... it's just something to consider in the framing of your submission and talk.

The submission form is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIp ... Q/viewform

Fill out the submission form and then email speakerseries@burningman.org with questions, comments, or ideas!

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