Interacting Across Difference

Prisma workshop
13-14 April 2022, in person
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, UBC, Vancouver
Registration deadline: 1st April

Calls for more just and equitable modes of interaction in work spaces, organisations and assemblages highlight the need for a deeper engagement with interacting across difference. While striving for equity and justice, we advocate for more diversity in our social and organisational settings, but we rarely delve into the here-and-now experience of interacting across differences.

We invite you to take part in an innovative,
immersive experiment on
the dynamics of interacting.

In the workshop, you will engage in short, familiar interactive activities, refract them into their experiential aspects, and gain awareness of interactive dynamics.

PRISMA is an embodied, intersubjective method for investigating the experience of interacting, based in embodied cognitive science and movement practices.

Step by step, you will discover tendencies in the experience of interacting. You will gain insight into your own participation in interactive situations, and contribute to the science of experiential interaction dynamics.

You can expect to:

  • Gain greater awareness of experiential inter-active dynamics as they happen.
  • Understand how interactive processes affect and change us.
  • Analyse emergent interactive dynamics “from within”.
  • Get to know the PRISMA methodology and discuss possibilities for applying it in your own research/practice.
  • Possibility to co-author publication of the research results.

Participants must be present for the whole duration of the workshop.
Number of participants: 12.

Registration cost:
Lunch, coffee, snacks on both days included.
We may be able to cover travel and parking costs for non-UBC participants.

Wednesday 13 April, 9am-5 pm (whole day)
Thursday 14 April, 9am–2pm (half day)

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies 6331 Crescent Road UBC, Vancouver
xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Traditional Territory

Register online by 1 April 2022:

Questions? Contact the organizers:

Hanne De Jaegher
D.Phil., philosopher and cognitive scientist
Department of Philosophy, University of the Basque Country, Spain

Rika Preiser
D.Phil., philosopher and complexity scientist
Centre for Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Covid-safety: we expect everyone to wear a mask (as currently still mandated by UBC), hand sanitizer is provided, the space will be ventilated.

Register here:

Contact Hanne or Rika if you have questions.

Information on PRISMA