P38
Embodied rituals, symbols and performances: embodiment as a negotiation of the state, and state negotiations of embodiment

Convenors:
Mair Underwood (The University of Queensland)
Gina Hawkes (RMIT University)
Location:
Napier G03
Start time:
13 December, 2017 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

State processes, practices and systems often generate embodied responses which may manifest as public rituals, symbols and performances. This panel will examine how states inform these embodied responses, and/or how states respond to these rituals, symbols and performances.

Long abstract:

Embodied rituals, symbols and performances manifest within and alongside state processes, practices and systems. This panel will explore anthropological work on embodiment and public rituals, symbols and performances, and, in particular the relationships between these embodied practices and the state. We will examine the corporeal embodied effects of the state in people's lives, and in turn, question what effects corporeal practices have on the state. We invite papers exploring all forms of embodied public ritual, symbol and performance, including but not limited to: sport, leisure, festival, dance, marriage, funeral, body decoration, body modification, body display, and social media, as well as symbols and performances of intimacy, indigeneity, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, race, nationalism and religion. We welcome symbolic approaches that examine the body as representative of social boundaries and realities, agentic approaches that view bodies as vehicles for social action, critical approaches that question embodied practice as resistance, and projects that combine these approaches.