Workshop on "Varieties of Immersive Experience" - POSTPONED

The three-day workshop on "Varieties of Immersive Experience" was due to be held at the Norwegian University Center in Paris, France from March 16 to 18, 2022.

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About the workshop

This workshop is dedicated to the presentation of manuscripts for the volume "Varieties of Immersive Experience". The workshop is postponed due to the pandemic situation. More information will follow as the situation becomes clearer during the spring


Here we present research abstracts from a wide variety of researchers, world wide on immersion

You will find the complete abtracts on this link to Google docs.

For an overview see list below:

  • When is a work immersive?
    Nathan Wildman is an assistant professor of philosophy at Tilburg University
  • Dimensions of immersion and episodic simulation
    Ying-Tung Lin is an associate professor at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.
  • Agency and Immersion
    Harri Mäcklin, PhD, University of Helsinki
  • Immersion in haptic environments
    Jon Hoem, Associate Professor, Høgskolen på Vestlandet / Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Immersion by Extraordinary Tourist Experiences
    Øystein Jensen, professor in tourism and marketing at the University of Stavanger and Frank Lindberg, professor in marketing at Nord University in Bodø
  • Immersion in the work situation
    Lars Klemsdal  and Cato Wittusen
  • Son of Saul, an immersive vision at a distance
    Nadège Lourme
  • Presence as a Novelty Effect of Immersive Virtual Reality: A Phenomenological Analysis
    Joakim Vindenes is a PhD Candidate in Information Science at the University of Bergen, Norway.
  • Augmented Accuracy
    Lars Nyre is a professor of media studies at the University of Bergen and a professor II at the University of Stavanger
  • Does immersion have intrinsic value? Not according to the Hermeneutical Irrelevant Thesis
    Mattias Solli
  • Quality and values of immersive, reading experiences: What readers think and feel when they read?
    Knut Oterholm, PhD, Associate Professor in The Sociology of Literature at the Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Augustine on Immersion: Mysticism and the World
    Espen Dahl
  • How can we measure dynamic fluctuations in immersion?
    Hugo Hammond is a Cognitive Psychology PhD student at the University of Bristol. Iain Gilchrist is a Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol.
  • Many senses of transcendence
    Hari Narayanan V, Associate Professor at the Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences,  IIT Jodhpur, India
  • Immersion and The Fourth Wall
    Nele Van de Mosselaer is a postdoctoral researcher in Philosophy at the University of Antwerp (Belgium).
  • Immersive play in psychoanalytic understanding
    Ståle Finke
  • Music and immersion: improvisation and the subjective ‘gap’
    Petter Frost Fadnes, Professor at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Stavanger
  • Being-in-Situ. Immersion as a Fundamental Tendency of Human Experience
    Tom Poljanšek, Institute of Philosophy. Georg-August-University of Göttingen.
  • Immersive Experience as Ritual Reconfiguration of the Way to Inhabit Reality
    Marco Innocenti
  • Agency, Teleocracy and the Art of Immersion
    Rebecca van der Post
  • Theatre of Engrossment. Audience Involvement in Immersive Theatre
    Theresa Schütz (Freie Universität Berlin, SFB Affective Societies)
  • Unreflective Skilled Immersive Action and Unreflective Unskilled Immersive Action
    Simon Kittle, University of Leeds.
  • Virtual Worlds and Existential Immersion
    Daniel Vella and Stefano Gualeni
  • The Stakes of Aesthetic Immersion
    Cato Wittusen
  • Dimensions of immersion and episodic simulation
    Ying-Tung Lin is an associate professor at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.
  • The World as a Representational Structure
    John R. Sageng, coordinator of Game Philosophy Network
  • Transcending duality in aesthetic experience of immersive art
    Kira Zhigalina,

Workshop program


Social program


Author guidelines

The manuscript should have a maximum length of around 7000 words and should be submitted as a link to a Google-docs document with public commenting turned on. It is also possible to submit a link to a similar cloud-service with commenting functionality, or simply as a Word-document. The documents will be made available on the workshop website.

The chapter must contribute original content, and demonstrate how it adds to existing literature and knowledge. The participants should clarify how they define the notion of immersion they adopt, and take care to describe the experiential character of the cases it wishes to discuss. Keep in mind the requirements in the original call.

Since the aim of the volume is to exhibit a variety of immersive experiences, we encourage the authors to include more general reflections about what is peculiar about the character of immersive experiences in the medium or context that the contribution is about.

As the volume will be interdisciplinary, the contributions should be written in a manner that make them understandable by students and scholars in other fields.

Travel and accomodations



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The Norwegian University Center in Paris