Body-Based Practices - open lectures by international researchers

Open lectures by international researchers

Tuesday 26 January 2016

09.45 – 11.15 Professor Gunn Engelsrud, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences: Different perspectives on the body – different approaches in empirical research.

11:30 – 13:00 Professor Lisa Blackman, Goldsmith’s Center of the Body, University of London: Suggestibility and relational practices. Exploring Embodied Sense-Making.

14:00 – 16:00 Cellist and Associate Professor Tanja Orning, Norwegian Academy of Music: The polyphonic performer.

Wednesday 27 January 2016

09:45 – 11:15 Associate professor Maarit Mäkelä, Aalto University, Helsinki: The artist as researcher. Between Art and Research

16:30 – 18:00 Professor Reinhard Stelter, University of Copenhagen: Giving voice to the body: From body-anchored interviewing towards narratives of embodiment

Thursday 28 January 2016

09:45 – 11:15 Professor Jan Ove Tangen (Telemark University College): System theory and functional analysis – the body in interaction with the world

11:30 – 13:00 Associate Professor Tone Pernille Østern, Norwegian University of Science and Technology & dancer Elen Øyen, Danselaboratoriet, Trondheim municipality: Moving through Change – Transformative Learning in the Meeting between Differently Bodied Dancers

Body-Based Practicesm

What do the various body-based practices have in common, and how do they differ from theory-based disciplines? Practices communicate, but how do they do it, and what do they communicate? What kind of competence is it the expert football player, the piano player and the blacksmith possess? How did they first acquire it, how do they practice it, how do they teach it to others, and how can they translate it into the format of an academic dissertation? Shall we see the training of bodily skills as a means to discipline the body’s potentials, or rather to liberate them? To which extent is the performing body a cultural construct, and how does it relate to other bodies, materiality, and power?

The course is aimed at performing students and professionals within sport, dance, music, art, crafts, crafts education etc., but also anthropologists, sociologists, historians. The course is intended to develop their ability to reflect on what practitioners often possess and perform as unreflective skills. It also sets out to develop adequate methodical and theoretical approaches in the kind of pioneer research that some PhD students have launched in this field of body-based practices.


Helle Winther,