Body04
Indigenous imaginations: creative bodies and embodied resistance
Convenors:
Monica Mottin (Ruskin College, Oxford)
Mara Matta (University of Rome 'La Sapienza')
Markus Schleiter (University of M√ľnster)
Stream:
Bodies
Format:
Location:
Magdalen Old Law Library
Start time:
18 September, 2018 at 15:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel aims to explore the materiality of resistance, in particular how indigenous people challenge dominant paradigms by bringing imagined worlds into existence through their bodies.

Long abstract:

Indigeneity and ideas of indigenous belonging are increasingly finding a global resonance. Recrafted as ethno-chic by mainstream media and hegemonic discourses, this neo-Orientalist trend has been challenged by aboriginal people and first nations, who see the recasting of indigeneity and the reframing of indigenous bodies as ways to oppose global capitalism, resist cultural imperialism and fight dangerous apologies of colonialism. Baaz, Lilja and Vinthagen (2018, p.26) describe resistance as 'a subaltern practice that might challenge, negotiate or undermine power'. But resistance can transcend power altogether: embodying aspired visions and values plays a central role in creating alternative social relations, nurturing counter-hegemonic politics of emotions and mapping new trajectories of desire. Working along the assumptions that imagination is essentially spatial and embodied (Merleau-Ponty 2005), and that it is central to the development of creative bodies, this panel looks at the practice and praxis of indigenous imaginations in relation to the semiotic ideologies, performative bodies, embodied emotions, visual aesthetics and mediated imaginations of indigenous populations across the world. In particular, we wish to investigate how the indigenous body reverses marginality and materially produces imagined alterities through social media, art, music, theatre, ritualized expression and how such creations establish and sustain imagined communities of affect that support social change.