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Conversations on Embodiment Across Higher Education
Teaching, Practice and Research

Edited By

Jennifer Leigh

ISBN 9781138290044
Published September 20, 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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Jennifer Leigh is Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the Centre for Study of Higher Education, University of Kent.


"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.