Embodied Research WG Edited Volume CFP

30 June, 2022 by Melina Scialom | 0 comments

Embodied Research WG Edited Volume CFP

The Embodied Research Working Group is pleased to announce a call for papers for its edited volume. Deadline for submission of abstract proposals is 30th September 2022.

Embodied Research Working Group - Edited Volume Call for Papers

Embodied Research in Theatre, Dance and Performance

While embodiment has been a central concept of theatre, dance, and performance studies for decades, most scholarly research in this field is arguably still disembodied: still informed by a Cartesian separation between the (textual or theoretical) “mind” and the (practical) “body” and still dependent on a concept of the critic as distanced spectator. What happens when embodiment and embodied practice are explicitly named and centered in a research method or methodology? What is meant by embodiment and which of its many lineages and connotations are referred to when we propose to do embodied research?

Publications like Embodied Research Methods (Thanem and Knights, 2019) and Embodied Inquiry: Research Methods (Leigh and Brown, 2021) suggest that something significant can still be claimed through the concept of embodied research. Many of the chapters in these volumes address embodiment as a mode of reflexivity, often referring to social science methods and seeking to better acknowledge the importance of the researcher’s embodiment in such research designs. At the same time, named and registered (trademarked) embodied practices have become profitable commodities in the global market, spotlighting increasingly large events that advertise and commercialize body and movement practices, therapies, healing, and self-care activities. The Covid pandemics gave rise to a number of embodiment conferences and “summits” that have changed the way the term embodiment is understood and articulated in the social realm, often contributing to the erasure of more specific and ethically or politically grounded lineages of embodied cultural knowledge.

In our view, the epistemic claims of theatre, dance, and performance studies — that embodied practices not only share and transmit but also invent and construct knowledge — implies a radical understanding of embodied research, one that includes and goes beyond reflexivity to raise fundamental questions about knowledge, research, archives, media, and the social and material construction of the world.

We invite chapter proposals that wrestle with the role of embodiment and embodied practice in fields and areas related to theatre, dance, and performance studies. We are especially interested in proposals that move away from the assumptions of the social sciences and medical/therapeutic fields, towards the other kinds of knowledge.

Please take the following list of possible topics as a starting point:

• Theatre, dance, and performance (TDP) as forms of embodied research.
• Implications of embodied research in TDP for institutional structures.
• Critiques of the concept of embodiment in relation to research.
• Critiques of the commodification and cultural appropriation of embodied practices. • Black, Indigenous, and Decolonial approaches to (dis)embodiment.

• Relationships between media (writing, film, internet, and the “live”) and knowledge. • Distinctions between embodied research, practice research, artistic research, etc. • Analyses of embodiment in relation to capital and (im)material labor.
• Critical and philosophical engagements with the concept of the body.

• Critical, cultural, and political interventions in the meaning of embodiment. • TDP and concepts, practices, or techniques of “disembodiment.”
• Contemporary engagements with phenomenology in TDP research.
• Implications of embodied cognition and neuroscience for TDP research.

Contributions may take the form of case studies, manifestos, critical analyses, politically grounded interventions, personal testimonies, and more. We welcome proposals that incorporate images and poetry, as well as linked audiovisual material, alongside and in place of conventional scholarly proposals. Our intention is to compose a lively and dynamic volume that pushes the limits of the book form to articulate embodied knowledge and research in ways that respond to the present moment.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words (with audiovisual material as appropriate), along with a short bio and relevant links, by 30 September 2022, to the following email addresses: erwg.iftr@gmail.com, derozaelizabeth@gmail.com, b.spatz@hud.ac.uk, melinascialom@gmail.com.

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