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Conversations on Embodiment Across Higher Education
Teaching, Practice and Research

Edited By

Jennifer Leigh





ISBN 9781138290044
Published September 19, 2018 by Routledge
256 Pages

 
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Book Description

"Embodiment" is a concept that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. However, it is a contested term, and the literature is fragmented, particularly within Higher Education. This has resulted in silos of work that are not easily able to draw on previous or related knowledge in order to support and progress understanding. Conversations on Embodiment Across Higher Education brings a cohesive understanding to congruent approaches by drawing on discussions between academics to explore how they have used embodiment in their work.





This book brings academics from fields including dance, drama, education, anthropology, early years, sport, sociology and philosophy together, to begin conversations on how their understandings of embodiment have impacted on their teaching, practice and research. Each chapter explores an aspect of embodiment according to a particular disciplinary or theoretical perspective, and begins a discussion with a contributor with another viewpoint.



This book will appeal to academics, researchers and postgraduate students from a diverse range of disciplinary areas, as evidenced by the backgrounds of the contributors. It will be of particular interest to those in the fields of education, sociology, anthropology, dance and drama as well as other movement or body-orientated professionals who are interested in the ideas of embodiment.​

Table of Contents



Foreword by Susan Stinson



Introduction by Jennifer Leigh



Chapter 1 Embodiment as embodiment of by Paul Bowman



Ben Spatz in conversation with Paul Bowman: Words, pictures, bodies



Chapter 2 Posthuman embodiment: On the functions of things in embodiment processes by Grit Höppner



Adrian Skilbeck in conversation with Grit Höppner



Chapter 3 Letters to an empty room by Ben Spatz



Mike Poltorak in conversation with Ben Spatz: Resonances in an empty room



Chapter 4 Seriousness, voice and ventriloquism: Making ourselves intelligible in higher education by Adrian Skilbeck



Richard Bailey in conversation with Adrian Skilbeck: Making ourselves intelligible in higher education



Chapter 5 Displacing the one: Dislocated thinking in higher education by Catherine Herring and Paul Standish



Robb Lindgren and Sara Price in conversation with Catherine Herring and Paul Standish



Chapter 6 The embodied academic: Body work in teacher education by Nicole Brown



Kimber Andrews in conversation with Nicole Brown: Inhabiting scholarship: Embodiment in teacher education



Chapter 7 Under this weight: Embodiment in dance choreography by Angela Pickard



Paul Bowman in conversation with Angela Pickard



Chapter 8 Embodied professional early childhood education and care teaching practices by Eva Mikuska and Sandra Lyndon



Catherine Herring and Paul Standish in conversation with Eva Mikuska and Sandra Lyndon



Chapter 9 Finding the dance in the everyday: A flesh and bones approach to studying embodiment by Kimber Andrews



Angela Pickard in conversation with Kimber Andrews



Chapter 10 Researching embodied sport and movement cultures: Theoretical and methodological considerations by Ian Wellard



Nicole Brown in conversation with Ian Wellard



Chapter 11 Embodied practice and academic embodied identity by Jennifer Leigh



Ian Wellard in conversation with Jennifer Leigh



Chapter 12 Embodiment and technology-enhanced learning environments: Cultivating a new community of design research by Robb Lindgren and Sara Price



Grit Höppner in conversation with Robb Lindgren and Sara Piece: Embodiment as a methodological tool of technology-based learning processes in schools



Chapter 13 Embodied reflexivity: Sharing and transformation in teaching visual anthropology by Mike Poltorak



Jennifer Leigh in conversation with Mike Poltorak



Chapter 14 Being there: Exploring an embodied-relational approach to understanding children’s physical activity by Richard Bailey



Eva Mikuska and Sandra Lyndon in conversation with Richard Bailey: A conversational piece



Concluding thoughts by Jennifer Leigh

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Biography

Jennifer Leigh is Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the Centre for Study of Higher Education, University of Kent.

Reviews

"Dr Jennifer Leigh’s training in body-mind-movement work and her multi-disciplinary background in higher education and academic practice are put into excellent service in this edited collection. In bringing together a wide range of pedagogic, practice-based and performative understandings of embodiment, the book provides a theoretical and practical grounding for anyone wanting to take the pulse of the contested state of embodiment studies across a wide range of higher education disciplines. Written as a series of reflexive conversations, this book provides an accessible introduction to embodiment as a living, breathing, worldly engagement which breaks down the tired binary of theory/practice."

Carol A. Taylor, Professor of Higher Education and Gender, University of Bath.

"Creating a sense of theater-in-the-round to contemplate embodiment from a range of disciplines and perspectives, this volume will engage and compel its reading audience, with vibrant, expansive, dialogical, and timely ideas."

Liora Bresler, PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Professor in the College of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and the School of Art and Design.