Journal of Embodied Research: News

14 February, 2020 by Ben Spatz | 0 comments

Journal of Embodied Research: News

JER news: Volume 2 published; CFP for volume 3; call for editorial assistance.


Please note the following announcements from the Journal of Embodied Research:

1) JER 2.1 (2019) is available with three new peer-reviewed video articles

2) JER 3.1 (2020) is open for rolling submissions to this or subsequent volumes

3) JER seeks editorial assistance to help with increasing volume

1. JER 2.1 (2019) is available with three new peer-reviewed video articles

We are pleased to announce that Journal of Embodied Research volume 2 issue 1 is now complete and available online. The following three articles were released on a rolling basis during 2019 and offer an exciting range of methods and topics in embodied research. View the issue TOC here:

• Heinrich, F., & Wolsing, T. (2019). “To Be a Work Means to Set Up a World: Into the Woods with Heidegger.” Journal of Embodied Research 2(1), 1 (19:27). DOI: •

This video article is one outcome of a collaborative project with artist Thomas Wolsing in the summer of 2016. The collaboration was video recorded (FPS, head mounted camera). The footage was thereafter edited into a video article that documents emerging dimensions and themes of this project. My ambition for this collaboration was to experience and discover interlacements between, on the one hand, art theory (epitomized by some sentences of Heidegger’s “The Origin of the Work of Art”) and, on the other hand, artistic and physical-constructional work in building a land art piece. The video article presents dialogues and monologues in situ that circles around the problem of how to bodily and conceptually integrate art theory and concrete artistic practice and the dependence between and incompatibilities of art theory and art making. It shows the experienced integration of physical and discursive actions that, in the moment of performance, is elusive and refutes any ethical assessment. The video is in Danish with English subtitles.

• Pini, S., & Pini, R. (2019). “Resisting the ‘Patient’ Body: A Phenomenological Account.” Journal of Embodied Research, 2(1), 2 (20:05). DOI: •

According to the biomedical model of medicine, the subject of the illness event is the pathology rather than the person diagnosed with the disease. In this view, a body-self becomes a ‘patient’ body-object that can be enrolled in a therapeutic protocol, investigated, assessed, and transformed. How can it be possible for cancer patients to make sense of the opposite dimensions of their body-self and their body-diseased-object? Could a creative embodied approach enable the coping with trauma tied to the experience of illness? By applying a phenomenological approach and auto-ethnographic analysis to the experience of cancer, this visual exploration provides support for rethinking the cancer event through a performative perspective. This work previews images and video material collected over ten years of onco-haematological treatments, video dance performances and physical explorations. This work displays how processes of healing can be set in motion by creative embodied practices, physical explorations and unexpected journeys. By resisting the biomedical model and allowing the emergence of new meanings, it illustrates how dance and performative practices offer ground for transformation.

• Gros, N. O. (2019). “Carrying the Nest: (Re)writing History Through Embodied Research.” Journal of Embodied Research, 2(1), 3 (23:30). DOI: •

This video article describes the embodied research conducted whilst creating the video performance Carrying her; where various meditation techniques serve to confront the taboo history of the Armenian Genocide that reached its climax in 1915–16 in my homeland, Turkey. I instrumentalize my experience living in a two-century old stone house in the city of Mardin, in the Syrian frontier of Turkey, to reconsider the historical wound felt in the collective utterances of the region. Chants, lamentations, lullabies, testimonies, myths and tales guide me through the history embodied in Southeast Turkey and urge my journey to France where I re-discover the wound through sonorities of the Armenian Diaspora. My pregnancy opens a space to reflect upon women’s experience of the genocide, translating the corporal phenomenon of being pregnant to the reality of the exiled through the notion of carrying. The sonic universe reclaimed in the diaspora revives my memory of the land in its lullabies. To reclaim the diversity lost from my homeland, I create a soundscape that employs diverse sonorities of Southeast Anatolia. Complemented by the soundscape, the video performance composes my ağıt, my lament for the people exiled and massacred.

2) JER 3.1 (2020) is open for rolling submissions to this or subsequent issues

Journal of Embodied Research solicits video articles of between 15 and 20 minutes that document and share the results of research projects in which embodied practice is an essential part of the methodology. There are no annual deadlines and video articles are published on a rolling basis throughout the year. Informal inquiries to JER can be made by emailing the journal editor at any time. Formal submissions should be made electronically through this website. Inquiries can also be made regarding special issues.

Recognizing that the scholarly video article is a new medium for sharing research, JER offers a set of guidelines and suggestions to potential contributors. Please read these guidelines carefully and contact the journal editor with any further questions:

3) JER seeks editorial assistance to help with increasing volume

JER is currently led by founding editor Ben Spatz with support from an Editorial Advisory Board drawn from across the arts and humanities. As the journal becomes increasingly recognized, the volume of submissions is increasing and there is a need for additional support to help with the workflow. We are therefore seeking one or more Assistant Editors or Editorial Assistants to become part of the JER editorial team.

JER is published through a journal publication system run by Ubiquity Press on behalf of Open Library of Humanities, a pioneering gold open-access publisher with which JER is deeply proud to be affiliated. OLH publications are funded by a flobal consortium of libraries so that there are no author-facing fees. Learn more about OLH here:

As part of the JER editorial team, you will experience the standard process of scholarly journal publishing from the solicitation of submissions through peer review and editorial feedback to typesetting, indexing, and publication. In addition, because of JER’s unique format, you will be exposed to cutting edge questions about the relationship between audiovisual forms and academic knowledge production. These matters range from the style and format of video articles to technical matters about indexing and metadata.

• JER Assistant Editors should have experience with the generation of audiovisual or videographic works that are based in embodied practice research, artistic research, visual ethnography, or related fields. They should be comfortable with academic leadership and ready to work in a sensitive way to help authors and peer reviewers have meaningful exchanges about and through the emerging form of the video article, engaging with questions relevant to embodied practice, embodied knowledge, and embodied research.

• JER Editorial Assistants should have some familiarity with scholarly journal editing processes and with video as a medium. They should be interested in exploring the emerging form of the scholarly video essay and artistic/embodied/practice research.

To apply, please send your CV and brief cover letter to .

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