Activities

2011 has been an intense year for the Body/Embodiment group. The group have had weekly meetings, continued collaboration with our sibling group at Northeastern University, USA and organized two conferences/symposia.
In February, five members of the group (Jenny Björklund, Jacob Bull, Peter Forsberg, Lisa Folkmarson Käll and Fredrik Palm) participated in the conference The Body and the State at the New School for Social Research.
Further, members of the Body/Embodiment group have participated and presented at several conferences and produced a number of publications.
During the year the group has also hosted a number of visiting lecturers and scholars for shorter or longer stays. Several of these visited the group in connection with the conference “Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine” in May 2011.

Conferences and symposias

Bodies Knowing Bodies: Interrogating Embodies Knowledges, November 2011

In collaboration with the Education Group, GenNa and the Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge, Södertörn University, The Body/Embodiment Group organized the third Uppsala University Body/Embodiment Symposium “Bodies Knowing Bodies: Interrogating Embodied Knowledges”. Plenary speakers were Linda Martín Alcoff, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, USA; Kevin Aho, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA; Krister Stoor, Umeå University, Sweden; and Carrie Paechter, Goldsmiths University of London, UK. In addition to the four plenary speakers there was a poster exhibit which formed the hub of the symposium and a final plenary panel discussion on the theme Embodied Knowledges. The poster exhibit consisted of 15 poster presentations by scholars from Australia, Canada, Japan, Sweden, UK and USA representing a wide range of different disciplinary backgrounds. There were 46 registered participants for the symposium.

Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine Conference, May 2011

In May 2011, the group hosted the International conference “Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine” which was co-organized with the network The Humanities Forum: Gender and Health at Linköping University. The conference was a four day event (May 18-21) with 15 invited speakers from Australia, France, Hungary, Sweden, UK and USA representing the absolute top of scholars within the field. In addition to the invited speakers the conference included 12 paper presentations. The conference will result in a volume co-edited by Kristin Zeiler and Lisa Folkmarson Käll. The manuscript was just submitted to SUNY Press in December 2011.

Between Bodies - emotion, sense, affect, November 2010

The Uppsala University Body/Embodiment Symposium was initiated in 2009 and the first symposium took place in December 2009 under the theme “Body (Im)Materialities”. The second symposium was organized in collaboration with the HumAnimal Group, GenNa and took place in November 2010 under the theme “Between Bodies: Emotion – Sense – Affect”. And our hope is of course that the Uppsala University Body/Embodiment Symposium will continue to be a recurring event and establish itself as a forum for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary critical work on the body, bodies, and embodiment. For 2012 we are planning to organize the symposium in collaboration with the Physics Group.
 

Publications

The book Normality/Normativity, edited by Lisa Folkmarson Käll (2009) is now available for sell.

The Body/Embodiment group has recently produced the collection Body Claims, edited by Janne Bromseth, Lisa Folkmarson Käll, and Katarina Mattsson (2009).

Reading group: Emotion/affect

During the spring 2009 the Body/Embodiment group meets in a reading and discussion circle on the theme of emotions and affects. This field holds enormous potential for interdisciplinary research and is a hot area of research within such diverse disciplines as cultural studies, philosophy, psychology, literature, neuroscience, cognitive science, psychiatry, geography, etc, as well as in different intersections of traditional disciplines.

At the Centre, and particularly in the Body/Embodiment group, there is strong interest and competence in the field of emotion and affect research. There is ongoing work dealing with affect and sensation in human/technology/animal encounters (with close connection to the Animal Studies group within GenNa); the representation, creation, and constitution of emotions, affects, and sensations in film, fashion, literature, personal narrative, and photography; crossdisciplinary perspectives on emotion in the context of the process of dying in relation to transcultural society; the role of emotion in alternative and religiously informed medicine and health practices.