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September 6-9, 2012: Moreechika: Season of Mirage

September 6 to September 9 Choreographer Ananya Chatterjea recently named “Favorite Minnesota Role Model for Women in the Arts” by the Minnessota Women’s Press, and her company, Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT), will present the United States premiere of Moreechika: Season of Mirage. The work will receive its world premiere in July at the “New Waves! 2012” […]

Developing a Three-dimensional Body Satisfaction Intervention – A Roundtable with Karen LaBat, Karen Ryan, Carol Peterson, and Chad Sowers

An unrealistic image of the human body may lead to negative feelings about one’s own body which may result in unhealthy behaviors. This especially may be true for young women who are exposed to media and fashion messages portraying unrealistic images of the body as extremely tall and slender. Karen LaBat is a professor of […]

University Symposium on Body & Knowing: What Did We Learn?, May 5, 2010

This discussion is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 81.7 MB). In this closing roundtable discussion will once again ask questions about what we know about the body and how we know it, and how people in different times and places have articulated their knowledges about the body. Participants will include Margaret Adamek, Juliette […]

Wild Vegetable Gathering by Hmong Americans: Marla Emery, April 2010.

Available for download as audio (.mp3, 31.3MB) or video (.m4v, 156.2MB). Question and Answer Session Available for download as audio (.mp3, 41.0MB) or video (.m4v, 210.8MB). Flavors of Health and Remembrance: Practice and Politics of Wild Vegetable Gathering by Hmong Americans in the Upper Midwest. A presentation by Marla Emery, Research Geographer with the Northeastern […]

Mark Zmudy, April 8, 2010

Dr. Mark Zmudy is a professor of Health at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where he works with M.Ed. students at the Center for Environmental Education and teaches adventure education and outdoor pursuits to undergraduate students working on degrees in physical education and teacher education as well as recreation. He also does research of adventure […]

Curriculum Associated with the University Symposium, Spring 2010

The following courses are associated with the University Symposium on Body & Knowing: Body, Soul, and Spirit in Medieval and Renaissance European Medicine; The Art of Collaboration: The Process Embodied; Cultural Constructions of the Body; Medical Consumerism; Body Mind Centering; The Articulate Body; and Embodied Cognition.

Corporeal Epistemologies: Knowing and Body Across the Disciplines

Spring 2010 Instructors:  Alan Love (Philosophy) and David Valentine (Anthropology) Schedule: Weekly for the first two sessions, biweekly thereafter Day/Time: Tuesdays 2:30-5:00pm, starting January 19, biweekly from January 26 on Location: 235 Nolte Center Composition: Faculty and graduate students Course Description: Over the past few decades there has been an explosion of interest in the relationships between body and […]

Curriculum Associated with the University Symposium, Summer and Fall 2009

The following courses are associated with the University Symposium on Body & Knowing. Animals in Healthcare and Creative Arts in Health and Healing will be offered during the summer. Fall semester courses include: On Human Nature; Body Mind Centering; Dance and Citizenship; Dance and Popular Culture; and What Music Is. Summer 2009 Animals in Healthcare CSPH 5000, Section 001, 3 credtis Monday through Friday, […]

Mitra Emad, Faculty Fellow, Spring 2009

Mitra C. Emad (Sociology & Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts, UM-Duluth): “Reaching the Body: Birth and Death as Sites for Knowledge-in-Action in Health Care Professionalization” Emad completed the final draft of her book Twirling the Needle: the Body as a Site for Cultural Translation in American Encounters with Acupuncture (forthcoming from SUNY Press). She also wrote a new […]

Curriculum Associated with the University Symposium, Spring 2009

The following courses are associated with the University Symposium on Body & Knowing: Perception & Action; Cultural Histories of Healing; On Human Nature; Pragmatism; Chemical Medicine in Renaissance Culture; Body, Soul, and Spirit in Medieval and Renaissance European Medicine; History of the BodyLife for Sale; and The Body Acoustic. Perception & Action KIN 8211 Tuesdays, 3:00 P.M. – 05:30 p.m. 1701 University 206 […]

Conversations on Body & Knowing

September 29, 2008IASBody and Knowing, Events0

Our experience of the world begins with our bodies, and our bodies and those of others are a source of endless fascination to us. The 2008-09 University Symposium on Body & Knowing examines the human body both as an object of study and as a producer of knowledge. The symposium welcomes contributions from scientists who […]

Beyond the Eye: Toward an understanding of non-visual theories and methodologies

Spring 2009 Instructors:  Juliette Cherbuliez (French and Italian) and Michael Gaudio (Art History) Course Description: Thomas Reid, philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment, wrote in 1764 that “the Evidence of reason is called seeing, not feeling,smelling, or tasting.  Yea, we are wont to express the manner of the divine knowledge by seeing, as that kind of knowledge which is most […]

Body, Sound and Embodiment of Fear: a Collaborative Film Project

Consisting of a team of scholars whose work intersects the fields of dance, film, anthropology, music/ sound, and cultural/political theory, this project is interdisciplinary by nature and will provoke new methodological innovations in the study of body in global migration. Looking specifically at the experience of immigrants to the United States from Southeast Asia, our […]

Thinking Portraits: Mind, Body, Language

What animates the mind when a person engages in abstract thought?  Are the responses narrowly localized to linguistic or “higher-order” areas of the brain or are the activations much more widespread, also activating brain regions involved in sensory-perceptual, motor, and/or emotional function?  Thinking Portraits: Mind, Body, Language will study the brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) […]

The Animated Body: Art and Physical Computing

As part of “Body & Knowing” we propose to work on a project that unites Jenny Schmid’s explorations in computer drawing and animation with Ali Momeni’s skills and interest in interactive computer-based media.   By allowing us the resources to work collaboratively, this grant will give each of us an opportunity to expand our understanding […]

Dancing the Violent Body of Sound

Fourier’s formula is omnipresent in the sciences. In acoustics, it describes how a complex sound wave is composed from a spectrum of sinoidal overtones. However, the formula is very difficult to understand. In our project, for the first time ever, we unveil its mystery and communicate it to the public by means of a traditional Indonesian […]

Developing a 3-dimensional Body Satisfaction Intervention

An unrealistic image of the human body may lead to negative feelings about one’s own body which may result in unhealthy behaviors. This especially may be true for young women who are exposed to media and fashion messages portraying unrealistic images of the body as extremely tall and slender. The plan for this project is […]

Embodied Methodologies: Cultivating the Scholar’s Bodymind for New Models of Animate Inquiry

The Embodied Methodologies group blogs about its experiences. Cultures practice somatic conditioning, predisposing members to experience the world in particular ways. (“Soma” is the Greek word for body. The term “somatic” is used within the field of embodiment and movement-based inquiry to describe the body experienced by him or her from within.) All knowledge traditions involve […]

The Mass Graves of the Spanish Civil War: Exhuming Bodies, Producing Knowledge

Two years of events, culminating in a conference held April 23-24, 2010, examine the role that recent exhumations of mass graves from the Spanish Civil War and subsequent dictatorship have had in the emergence of the movement for the “recovery of historical memory” in Spain.  At the beginning of the 21st century, over 30,000 bodies […]

Training the Body to Participate in the Public Sphere

The “ideal public sphere” is theorized as a social space where people participate equally in the resolution of common problems and resist oppression, but in praxis it is a space of racial and cultural inequities. This interdisciplinary study uniting the fields of Geography, Communication, and Health Sciences explores solutions for equalizing the public sphere by […]

Performance and Social Justice Collaborative, Daak/Call to Action, 2008-2009

The Performance and Social justice Collaborative continues its research on environmental racism and the trauma and resistance of communities of women of color across global North and South. In this second year, the collaborative will create and produce Daak, Call to Action, a performance project investigating land rights violations in Native communities in Minnesota, in the […]