23 January 2019 from 15:00 to 17:00

TiM Seminar: 'On doing undergoing: Experience, Imagination, and the Principle of Habit'

Open Podium Singer/songwriter Parnassos

TiM (Transmission in Motion) is happy to announce that for their next TiM Seminar on 23 January they have invited prof. Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen), who is going to talk about 'On doing undergoing: Experience, Imagination, and the Principle of Habit'.

We do many routine things in daily life without apparently giving them any thought. Often, we are scarcely even aware that we are doing them. With these operations, the more practiced we are at them, the less thought and attention they demand of us. They seem virtually automatic, to the extent that they could just as well be done by machine.

practised mastery of a craft

Other things, however, such as playing a musical instrument or practicing a craft, entail intense concentration and a heightened awareness of the presence and movement of both the self and of others in the environment. The question is: how are we to distinguish bodily automatisms from the practiced mastery of a craft? Both are easily confused under the rubric of habit.

doing undergoing

Ingold argues that theories of embodiment, which treat habit as a kind of sediment, beyond the reach of conscious deliberation, fail to provide an answer to this question. Drawing on the work of John Dewey, Ingold argues instead for an alternative understanding of habit that rests on the way in which the practitioner, though actively engaged in the practice, is nevertheless inside it. Or in Dewey’s terms, the doing is also an undergoing; what we do is also done in us. And in this ‘doing undergoing’, in dwelling in habit, imagination and experience come together as one.

suggested readings

Suggested readings will be distributed at the beginning of January. 

Start date and time
23 January 2019 15:00
End date and time
23 January 2019 17:00
Entrance fee
Free entrance
More information
Event on TiM website