The Pathic Body and the Uncanny in the Performing Arts and Research

February 28 – March 1, 2019
Theatre Academy Uniarts Helsinki
Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki

The seminar explores the pathic body and the uncanny in performing arts through the perspective opened by the research project Body and the Other that is conducted at the Performing Arts Research Centre of the Theatre Academy, Uniarts Helsinki, Tutke. The project aims at articulating the uncanny and to advance the interconnection between performing arts, artistic research, the humanities and the sciences. Through the concepts of the uncanny and the pathic the project scrutinizes thresholds of sensory experience and the impact of the unexpected. The project aims at unearthing the ethics and aesthetics of strange experience and specifically addresses three questions: what kind of corporeal experience the strange introduces, what kind of understanding on intercorporeality the strange engenders and how art can function as a paradigm for uncanny experience. The seminar introduces the specific research themes the researchers and artists involved in the project work with. The core group includes professor Lisa Blackman, who works at the intersection of body studies, affect studies, and media and cultural theory, docent Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, who is a cultural anthropologist with a focus on the edge of experience and vulnerability, researcher Sami Santanen, whose focus is on continental philosophy, professor Leena Rouhiainen who works in the area of artistic research and the problem of embodiment as well as performance artists Irene Kajo and Teemu Päivinen. The seminar consists of lectures and workshops. The seminar is part of the Body and the Other project (

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Thursday February 28, 2019
Auditorium 1


9.15 Tuija Kokkonen: Opening of the seminar.

9.15 – 10.45 OPEN LECTURE: Lisa BlackmanTowards new forms of morphological imagination: attuning to the weird and the strange.


10.45 – 11.00 Break.

11.00 – 11.10 Marja-Liisa Honkasalo: Introduction to the Body and the Other research project.


11.10 – 11.45 Introduction to the Phone booth - an uncanny connection by Teemu Päivinen & Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, and Irene Kajo & Ida ho: Some notions about body, touch, ethics and their relation to art.


11.45 – 13.15 Extended lunch (own cost) with visits to the Phone booth (at Tori entrance hall).


13.15 – 14.15 Marja-Liisa Honkasalo: Pathic body and relationality - possession, ancestors and other beings.


14.15 – 16.00 Coffee break and Free meeting with Lisa Blackman and the Body and the Other research group in room 531.



Friday March 1
Room 531


9.00 – 10.30 Teemu Päivinen, Ursula Hallas, Miro Mantere and Eero Yrjölä: Participatory performance Unfamiliar dialogues.

10.30 10.45 Break.


10.4511.45 Sami Santanen: Perception, desire, hallucination.

11.45 – 13.00 Lunch (own cost). 

13.00 – 14.00 Conversation on the Phone booth - an uncanny connection, Unfamiliar dialogues and Ida ho's experiences about body & other by Teemu Päivinen, Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, Miro Mantere, Ursula Hallas, Eero Yrjölä, Irene Kajo, Thomas Hamberg and Satu Mäkinen.

14.00 – 14.30 Coffee break in room 531.


14.30 – 16.30 Reading seminar with Lisa Blackman (material will be sent to participants beforehand).