Elena is an Experienced Marie Curie Research Fellow at the San Sebastian node, working with Ezequiel Di Paolo, Hanne de Jaegher, and Miriam Kyselo.
Specializations, competences and interests:
- Philosophy of Language
- Embodied/Enactive Cognition
- Gesture Studies, particularly spontaneous co-speech hand gestures
- Cognitive Linguistics
- 20th Century Continental Thought
- Feminist Philosophy
Current research topics include: criteria that establishes a co-speech gesture as metaphoric; speech-accompanying hand gestures as acts of participatory sense-making; developing what the enactive paradigm has to say about communication and interactions that are symbolically mediated.
Elena completed her PhD in philosophy in 2011 with the dissertation “Co-speech Gesture in Communication and Cognition.” This work stages a mutually constraining, reciprocal critique between philosophy of language, phenomenology of language, linguistic pragmatism, current gesture scholarship, and enactive cognitive science. The upshot is a body-inclusive understanding of linguistic communication as an activity that is world-embedded, intersubjectively normative, dynamic, multimodal, and that enacts appropriative disclosures. (Manuscript in progress; bumper stickers coming soon.)