This track examines the pair body/knowledge from two possible interpretive frameworks: the body as the focus of various forms of knowledge; and the body as a prerequisite for knowledge, making it possible to think critically about the limits and possibilities of scientific knowledge
The goal of this track is to bring together two interpretive frameworks - knowledges of the body and about the body - in order to think about the pair body/knowledge as a way to amplify reflections on multiple corporeal natures. That means going beyond the naturalized idea of the body as a self-contained and biomechanical entity, and/or beyond notions of experience and subjectivity that do not take into account the materiality of the body and the world. We would like to emphasize the transit and the permeable frontiers between ways of knowledge of/about the body: as much as science is made using non-science, non-scientific knowledges can become types of expertise that use scientific language.
Some possible questions to be explored in the papers for this track are:
- What is the role of experience in the construction and transmission of knowledges about the body? We invite discussions about the relationship between lay and scientific knowledge, experiential and credentialed knowledge, and between experience and knowledge in general.
- The ways in which people build networks of sociability around body and body techniques, incorporating or not knowledges and artifacts from technosciences. How do non-hegemonic conceptions and practices around the body achieve legitimacy?
- In what ways new corporeal natures, which incorporate more and more technoscientific interventions (especially medical), articulate new forms of agency and ways of knowing?