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Simon Høffding

Simon Høffding


I do research on consciousness, particularly as involved in artistic processes such as seeing art or performing music. I conduct phenomenological interivews to understand experiences as immediately given, embodied and contextual and interpret these with theories from phenomenology, enactivism and embodied cognitive science. In particular, I try to understand what it means to "lose oneself in a work of art" and how that it possible.

Besides for this research, I am engaged in various projects:

- I am writing a monograph "The Phenomenology of Musical Absorption" with Palgrave Macmillan.

- I am working with colleagues from the Nordic countries on an exploratory investigation on improvisation in artistic practices, as a collective phenomenon and as lacking in various pathologies.

- I am preparing future research on the relation between musical absorption, schizophrena, dreaming and sleeping and various kinds of meditation with THe Danish String Quartet, Kristian Martiny, Andreas Roepstorff,  Henning Drews, Josef Parnas, Evan Thompson, Nanette Nielsen and many others.



Primary fields of research

Phenomenology, Phenomenology of Aesthetics, Phenomenological Interviews, Qualitative Methodology, Embodied Cognition

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Putting Plural Self-Awareness into Practice: The Phenomenology of Expert Musicianship

    Salice, A., Høffding, S. & Gallagher, S. 23 Jan 2017 In : Topoi. p. 1-13

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Framing a Phenomenological Interview: What, Why and How

    Høffding, S. & Martiny, K. M. 2016 In : Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. 15, 4, p. 539-564 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Playing together without communicating? A pre-reflective and enactive account of joint musical performance

    Schiavio, A. & Høffding, S. 2015 In : Musicae Scientiae. 19, 4, p. 366-88 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    What is Skilled Coping? Experts on Expertise

    Høffding, S. Sep 2014 In : Journal of Consciousness Studies. 21, 9-10, p. 49-73 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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