Life in movement: becomings of the bodies
Nima Jangouk (University of Ottawa )
Julie Laplante (University of Ottawa)
Moving bodies: Affects, Movement and Stillness/Corps mouvants: Affects, mouvement et repos
TBT 315
Start time:
2 May, 2017 at 15:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short abstract:

This panel explores moving bodies as becoming beings that perceive worlds through their lived experiences. The body as an open-ended field of sensory experience that comprises human/non-human entanglements will be traced in various health care practices and healing rituals.

Long abstract:

From the concept of body-object to the performative body, anthropology has traveled a meandrous way to consider the body as an important site of theory making. Going beyond biological descriptions that insist on a singular/universal body, and moving toward a body multiple approach (which attempts to consider bodies, constituted and perceived in different paths by different actors), anthropologists have been lately trying to consider the body as an open ended field of sensory experience that comprises human/non-human entanglements.

Drawing inspiration on Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology, Ingold's anthropology of life studies and Mol's concept of body multiple, this panel invites us to renounce biological definitions of the body-object as a steady frame composed of cells and tissues. Rather, we quest for ethnographic and theoretical contributions by anthropologists who are interested in alternative body-subject approaches, in which bodies are considered as permeable beings open to the surrounding world of humans/non-humans by ceaseless improvisational moving within the flows of life. Perceiving the world through lived experiences of moving bodies (roaming in the open air, being enwinded or immersed with water, dancing within the flows of music), improvised bodies, and bodies as becoming beings (not already completed ones only to be monitored, repaired and restored) are some of our suggestions for this panel. Moreover, many health care practices and healing rituals as well as chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and even some emerging forms of pet and music therapies can be said to attend to bodies in movement in their own ways that can be further explored.