Call: Action in Perception 2024: Presence, Art, Making, Life

Call for Participation

Action in Perception 2024: Presence, Art, Making, Life
September 5-6, 2024
University of Helsinki, Finland

Registration deadline: August 20, 2024


On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Alva Noë’s Action in Perception, a seminal work in enactivist theory, this conference brings together leading international scholars to explore enactivist themes, reassess the theory’s current position, and stimulate future research.

“Perception is not something that happens in us; it is something we do.” This is the leading idea of Noë’s distinctive version of the enactive approach laid out in Action in Perception. In his later writing — e.g. Out of Our Heads (2009); Varieties of Presence (2012); Strange Tools 2015); The Entanglement (2023) — this proposition has offered a frame for thinking anew about experience, presence, technology, life, art, and value, as well as the projects of philosophy and cognitive science themselves.

The purpose of this meeting is to encourage discussion and intervention from thinkers working across different fields (in and outside philosophy and cognitive science) and orientations (within and without enactivism and phenomenology).

The speakers are:

  • Sarah Bro Trasmundi (University of Southern Denmark)
  • Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)
  • Sara Heinämaa (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Miriam Kyselo (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
  • Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Merja Polvinen (University of Helsinki)
  • Erik Rietveld (University of Amsterdam)
  • Andreas Roepstorff (Aarhus University)
  • Jussi Saarinen (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Marya Schechtman (University of Illinois, Chicago)
  • Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

It is our hope that this meeting will create an opportunity not only for stock-taking, and sharing, but for new collaboration and invention.

— Pii Telakivi & Sanna Tirkkonen
The Conveners of Action in Perception 2024


There is no fee for attendance, but we kindly ask you to sign up by using this form:


Information of the event will be updated on the website:

For further inquiries, please contact


Enhancing and Reassessing Enactivism (ERE) project


Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH)
University of Helsinki


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