Researching the body

A 3 minute intro to trans-disciplinary research into embodiment from MODE (I’m hoping to get to some of their fantastic training events soon):


Authors: Carey Jewitt & Sara Price

The mode seminar on embodiment and digital technologies (03.04.14) drew an interesting interdisciplinary group together. The word cloud made from the three key words that each of the participants used to introduce themselves shows something of this mix.

word cloud embodiment

As one of the participants commented, embodiment draws together people from across a wide range of disciplines – at this particular event from sociology, art, performance, psychology, media and communication studies, literacy and education studies, human computer interaction, design, and architecture.

We explored what is meant by embodiment (embodied cognition), drawing on some theoretical ideas around the body being the ‘hub of all meaning making’ (Merleau Ponty, 1945), highlighting cognition as enacted (through sensori-motor/ action); embedded (through beingness in the environment and social and cultural contexts); and extended (through notions of offloading cognition/ manipulation/ transformation; and finally the idea of an ‘amalgamated mind’ (Rowland, 2010), where…

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CFP: Intersectionality and Technologies of the Musical Body

Many thanks to Dr Trevor Wiggins for passing this on.

Dear Colleagues,

As the deadline for SEM 2014 approaches, I am putting together a panel of paper presentations that deal with intersectionality studies in ethnomusicology with an emphasis on dance and musical movement and video that allows us to discuss issues of race, gender, sexuality and desire (among other things) in ethnographic research on and off-line.

Papers will include one by Ari Ben Mosha Gagné (Univ. of Colorado at Boulder) looking at twerking, booty-shaking and p-poppin among women as well as men in bounce music culture.  I will be presenting on research on black girls twerking on YouTube, research I introduced in my SEM 2013 presentation (thanks for all who attended). I am currently writing about my research on my blog

The panel will also focus attention on the technologies of the musical body in the study of systems of oppression and/or social change relative to self-presentation and the generalized other from a sociological perspective. Presenters are strongly encouraged to use video or actual live dancing.

This is envisioned as a panel akin to the queering the pitch discourse that embraces intersectionalism in ethnomusicological studies. If you think your work fits, send it for consideration to Digital ethnomusicology studies are strongly encouraged.

Must hear from you by Jan 31 to prepare the proposals for submission.

Thank you,

Kyra Gaunt