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Ethics of body movements: Scrutinising ethics of sports, martial arts and dance research 
Henrike Neuhaus (NRI, University of Greenwich)
Benjamin Hildred (Durham University)
Sean Heath (KU Leuven)
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Morality and Legality
Tuesday 30 March, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Detecting and experimenting with new directions in researching and understanding body movement this panel attempts to place embodied practices, visual engagement and digital media into a practical discussion about methodologies and to contribute to a framework about research ethics.

Long Abstract:

In this panel, we seek to explore the relationship between moving bodies and the dynamics of power, consent and research ethics in various ethnographic settings. The moving body allows analysing intersections of various phenomena. Visual and sensory anthropology as well as research into physical activity experiment with techniques from observation to rendering the researcher's body to be "at once the seat, the instrument and the target" (Wacquant 2004:16).

The embodied nature of participant observation prompts reflection on ethics and consent in the often intense physical engagements with sports. Particularly, competitions invite moments for (audio-)visual recording which may lead to complex (mis)undertandings between researcher and interlocutor as of expectations regarding the use of the digital and visual material. Problems arise in obtaining fully informed consent in these spaces which are compounded when interlocutors are deemed vulnerable groups. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the experience of digital media into new registers. Practitioners and researchers had to rethink their practice and find new modalities to continue the physical activity in a new safe environment. Questions of how data gained through digital research can be managed as well as how to best use new technologies in research, what this means for notions of public and private, as well as traditional ideas of the field-site and how to do ethical embodied research in increasingly digitised worlds.

We invite papers that discuss ethics of embodied practice and contemporary methods that are linked to physical movement practices including sport, dance, and martial arts.

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Session 1 Tuesday 30 March, 2021, -
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