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Moving bodies: mapping mobility and practices of sport, martial arts and dance in urban spaces 
Henrike Neuhaus (Goldsmiths University of London)
Julia Hass (Freie Universität Berlin)
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Friday 18 September, 13:00-14:30, 15:00-16:30

Short Abstract:

In this panel, we seek to explore the relations between moving bodies and the dynamics of mobility and space in various ethnographic settings. We strongly encourage submissions that engage creatively with sports, martial arts and dance.

Long Abstract

The emerging field of anthropology of moving and sporting bodies tackles societal (trans-) formations in diverse geographical - mostly urban - spaces. In this panel we seek to explore the relation between moving bodies and the dynamics of mobility and space in various ethnographic settings. Understanding in which way material spaces can have an impact on the social reality of sporting actors and how sporting practices change geographical places and create new patterns of mobility allows further knowledge in anthropology of space, place and mobility. But, mobility is not only understood here in a geographical sense. It might also be conceived as social, economic, political, cultural, or personal and temporal. Sports, dance and martial arts practice serve as platforms to analyse underlying intersections of various phenomena, which may range from societal integration, labour migration, life course dynamics (e.g. ageing and health) and identity constructions (e.g. gender, age and lifestyle sports), to emerging middle class-related body practices.

Linking moving bodies and mobility, discourses around sports praise its potential to foster inclusion and eradicate discrimination. Notwithstanding, anthropological enquiry and engagement point out reproductions of social inequalities in mobility and sports practices. We aim to bring together ethnographic text and different visual representations of moving bodies in order to highlight the embeddedness of the concept in geography, political economy and cultural politics. We invite both written and visual works that deal with such tensions enriching the field of research into sports, martial arts and dance.

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