Fourth International Movement Conference: Brain, Body, Cognition – Call for Abstracts

Special Feldenkrais Research Symposium

Fourth International Movement Conference: Brain, Body, Cognition

Experience, Reflection, Language: Phenomenology and the Feldenkrais Method 

Sorbonne, Paris, 31 August – 2 September, 2022

A special Feldenkrais Research Symposium dedicated to the theme of Experience, Reflection, Language: Phenomenology and the Feldenkrais Method will be included in the Fourth International Conference on Brain, Body, Cognition, to take place at La Sorbonne, Paris, France between August 31 – 2 September, 2022. ( International Feldenkrais Federation Research Working Group will conduct this Symposium.

Call for Abstracts

The aim of the conference is to share knowledge on the relation of human movement to cognitive function and to establish dialogue between professionals from different disciplines. The special Feldenkrais Symposium provides an opportunity for researchers of the Feldenkrais Method to share ideas, and to engage with scientists and practitioners from other somatic modalities. The theme of this year’s Feldenkrais Research Symposium, “Experience, Reflection, Language” speaks to the parallel between the development of the Feldenkrais Method and phenomenology, especially in relation to the work of French phenomenologist of perception, Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Abstracts may refer to any subject relating to research, including research methodologies, theoretical perspectives and case studies. Abstracts relating to the relation between the Feldenkrais Method and phenomenology, as well as Moshe Feldenkrais’ formative period of life in Paris during the 1930s will be especially welcome. The Symposium will include a chair, up to four presenters, and a discussant (optional). The Symposium is scheduled in an 80-minute time slot and should allow for discussion among presenters and the audience. 

Instructions for Abstract Submissions

Authors should submit individual paper abstracts on the theme of “Researching the Feldenkrais Method” to be included in the special Symposium. Authors may also submit separate abstracts for workshops or presentations for the Movement and Cognition Conference outside of this symposium for consideration.  Submission of abstracts for the special Symposium: Researching the Feldenkrais Method Symposium follows the format instructions for submission of individual abstracts ( 

Symposium abstracts should be forwarded to Cliff Smyth at, by March 15, 2022

The abstracts for the Symposium will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers supervised by the IFF Research Committee. 

  • Submit your abstract in Microsoft Word format (.doc, docx).
  • Abstracts are to be written in English only. All presentations will be in the English language.
  • Authors’ names should be provided in the format: Hillary Clinton, Donald John Trump. Do not add Dr, Prof, Mr., Mrs., degrees
  • The presenter’s name must be underlined 
  • The title should have a maximum of 150 characters.
  • Affiliations should be included in line 1. If authors’ affiliations are different, you should indicate them filling 2, 3, and 4 lines.
  • The presenting author’s name and email address must be included and marked as “presenter” by underlining the name.
  • The abstract should have a maximum of 350 words.
  • The abstract for oral and poster presentations should be structured using the following headings: Keywords (up to five), Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusions.
  • The abstract should be as informative as possible, including statistical evaluation.
  • Statements such as “results will be discussed” or “data will be presented” are not acceptable.
  • Standard abbreviations such as: PVS, MCS, EEG, MEEG, MRI, etc., may be used. Others should be described in full when first mentioned followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis.
  • Do not include tables, photographs, figures or references in your abstracts.
  • Include a one-paragraph bio of yourself with the abstract submission on a separate page.
  • Incomplete Submissions without the required materials will not be processed.

Abstract Format

  • Title:
  • Jon Smith1  and Peter Stubble 2
  • 1Department of Applied Science, Auburn University, Boston, Massachusetts and 2Department of Psychology. Augustus University, Pembroke, Alabama, United States of America
  • Email:
  • Keywords (up to five):





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