L003
Caring in movement: contemplation in/as anthropological practice

Convenors:
Krzysztof Bierski (Durham University)
Paolo Maccagno (University of Aberdeen)
Elizabeth Rahman (University of Oxford)
Location:
SO-F420
Start time:
16 August, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Both anthropology and contemplative techniques encourage its practitioners to explore the world with all our being; they allow us to appreciate the transformative nature of experience and caringly participate in the world's becoming. In this lab, we explore anthropology as a contemplative practice.

Long abstract:

Contemplation shares its etymological origin with time (temporality), sacred space (temple) but also with mood (temper) and music (tempo) and to contemplate is to patiently observe while stretching our attention and imagination. Moving contemplatively means also to participate in life's flourishing without interrupting it. So is often the case with anthropological practice. In preparing for field research, learning with research participants, while taking notes and analysing research materials we try to engage with the changing world with all our being. In this lab we shall delve into anthropology as a contemplative practice. During 60-minutes long training we will draw on various contemplative systems such as the Feldenkrais method, somatic education and contemporary improvisational techniques to explore how moving with awareness but without judgement can support a sense of acceptance, generosity, comfort and safety. In the following discussion, we shall consider how are these attitudes relevant to anthropological work. In addition to guided practice, participants will be invited to share their personal experience of contemplative techniques. We aim to reflect on how contemplation can transform academia, its engagement with the environment and its ways of cultivating knowledge. By thinking, feeling, and experiencing in movement, we shall consider research and education not as inscriptions of predetermined forms and ideas but as caringly or skilfully corresponding with and as part of the environment. Please wear comfortable/ loose clothing. Weather permitting, the Lab shall take place outdoors. As the number of participants is limited, please register your participation by email k.bierski (at) gmail.com Organised by the Educere Alliance