18/11/2011 13:39 | Ester Ehnsmyr

Bodies Knowing Bodies in a variety of ways

After the first day of the Centre’s Bodies Knowing Bodies Symposium, the organizers are thrilled by its broadness of topics.
- Embodied knowledge is obviously a thematic approach suitable for a variety of topics, says one of the organizer Lisa Folkmarson Käll from the Centre for Gender Research.

At the center of the symposium is an exhibition of fifteen posters with a range of different topics, such as bird watching, small pox vaccine, physics laboratories, organ transplantation, dancing, architecture, and dams. The exhibitors are researchers and non-academics from Sweden, Australia, Japan, and Austria, among other countries, with the common aim to discuss embodied and situated knowledge.

- Embodied knowledge has become a popular concept used by many despite knowing what it really means. Our aim with this symposium is to try to straighten out the meaning of it, Lisa Folkmarson says.

For physicist and gender researcher Anna Danielsson, also one of the organizers, the theme of the symposium inspired her and her colleagues to think about their empirics in a new way. Together with Allison Gonsalves and Helena Pettersson, she was thereby able to present a poster about embodied practices in the physics laboratory.

- When starting to think about bodies and embodiment in relation to knowledge, we found new things in our material. Physics is often seen as a pure abstract and disembodied knowledge, but as a recognized physicist you must learn how to interact physically with laboratory equipment. This kind of embodied knowledge has not yet been noticed within physics, Anna Danielsson says.

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