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Dancing, moving, unsettling

written by Anna Harris
09/03/18

STOCKHOLM, 9th March 2018 – The 15th EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists) Biennial Conference has opened it’s doors. The conference, which has the theme of “Staying, Moving, Settling” will be held at Stockholm University from 14-17 August, 2018.

The list of panels is impressive! Below you can find the one we are involved in, with colleagues from the inspiring Life of Breath project. The panel is supported by the Medical Anthropology Network. Please consider applying to the panel! Deadline is 9th April.

Peggy Olislaegers, dance dramaturge, unsettles and archives the body

{This image is from Anna’s 2016 article in The Senses & Society called “The Sensory Archive” in which she discusses a public art event exploring the theme of training the senses. The event was a collaboration between Anna and the choreographer, Peggy Olislaegers, at the Marres House for Contemporary Culture}

 

Movement, stasis and interoception: unsettling the body

Andrew Russell (Durham University)

Anna Harris (Maastricht University)

Jane Macnaughton (Durham University)

The movement of bodies is a key focus of attention for wellbeing and health in both clinical and non-clinical contexts. For example, the training of health professionals involves the unsettling of the body to take on new forms of movement in relation to examination techniques, caring practices and surgical procedures. These new movements must become embodied, or settled within the body in order for practices to become expert and second nature. Secondly, for those with a chronic illness, new approaches to movement are also gaining increased attention, not just because of their role in enhancing fitness, but because they direct individuals’ attention upon the body. Chronic debilitating illness, such as respiratory disease, is often associated with reduced bodily movement, and in turn with poor interoceptive (internal body) awareness. Reduced interoception is equated with problems of accuracy in symptom perception, and can lead to worsening outcomes, loss of agency and control. New approaches to movement in community settings, including arts-based interventions using dance or singing in the case of lung disease, aim to unsettle habitual embodied states. These are just two examples of possible topics this panel might address in applying anthropological concepts and techniques to better understand the relationships between movement, stasis, interoception, health and wellbeing. It thus offers a different take on the conference theme of ‘moving’, one that focusses on how movement unsettles and reorients individual, social and political bodies, enabling new perspectives not only on moving but on stasis and repose.

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Event

Place and Affect: From Semmelweis to Soeterbeeck

by Rachel Allison
September 11, 2019

A life in speculum

by Sally Wyatt
August 12, 2019
Inspiration

Repetition in ethnographic writing

by Andrea Wojcik
August 2, 2019
Publication

Food for thought in medical training

by Anna Harris
July 31, 2019
Conference

The Body and the Built Environment

by John Nott
July 9, 2019
Event

Material thinking workshop

by Anna Harris
June 26, 2019
Event

Anthropology in medical education

by Anna Harris
June 24, 2019
Event

Making by writing

by Anna Harris
June 14, 2019
Event

Introduction to perfumery

by Rachel Allison
May 17, 2019
Inspiration

Practicing music skills

by Carla Greubel
May 16, 2019
Inspiration

Lost in translation, and in space

by John Nott
March 27, 2019
Event

Time for tinkering

by Anna Harris
February 21, 2019
Event

How smart is “smart” technology?

by Andrea Wojcik
January 11, 2019
Materials

Tools of the teaching trade

by Sally Wyatt
January 10, 2019
Materials

Christmas yarn

by Anna Harris
December 24, 2018
Multimedia

Cooking classes

by Anna Harris
November 26, 2018
Inspiration

Barefeet

by Anna Harris
October 21, 2018
Inspiration

Letterheads

by Anna Harris
September 26, 2018
Inspiration

Postcards

by Anna Harris
September 16, 2018
Materials

Wax museum

by Rachel Allison
August 6, 2018
Publication

Expressive instructions

by Anna Harris
July 31, 2018
Inspiration

Writing resources

by Rachel Allison
July 23, 2018
Event

Meaning and beauty

by Rachel Allison
July 20, 2018
Conference

Correspondence

by Anna Harris
July 16, 2018
Materials

The allure of the archives

by John Nott
June 28, 2018
Event

Methods workshop at UDS

by Andrea Wojcik
May 23, 2018
Event

Probes

by Anna Harris
May 16, 2018
Article

Tricks

by Anna Harris
April 27, 2018
Writing workshop

Beyond the elevator

by Anna Harris
April 6, 2018
Conference

Simulating touch

by Anna Harris
March 27, 2018
Conference

Dancing, moving, unsettling

by Anna Harris
March 9, 2018
Event

Skillshare Writing Workshop

by Rachel Allison
February 25, 2018
Conference

STS in/on Africa

by John Nott
February 19, 2018
Article

A month together

February 8, 2018
Event

Comparison as method

by Anna Harris
February 6, 2018
Publication

Working with bias

by Anna Harris
January 19, 2018
Inspiration

Holiday reading

by Anna Harris
January 3, 2018
Materials

Modelling movement in medical education

by Andrea Wojcik
December 13, 2017
Conference

Embroider meet surgeon

by Anna Harris
October 30, 2017
Event

Sensing with medical students

by Anna Harris
October 9, 2017
Materials

Pagers

by Anna Harris
September 13, 2017

We are hiring!

September 5, 2017
Event

TransPositions Summer School 2017

September 4, 2017
Conference

Ethnographic Experimentation #Colleex

by Rachel Allison
August 7, 2017
Event

Making an omelette

by Sally Wyatt
July 21, 2017
Materials

Tuning forks and electronics

by Sally Wyatt
May 12, 2017
Event

Drawing Instruments

by Rachel Allison
March 20, 2017
Article

Experimenting with collaborative sensory ethnography

by Andrea Wojcik
March 16, 2017
Conference

A sensory training workshop

by Anna Harris
August 29, 2016
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