"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.​

chapter |7 pages

An introduction

Practice and theory, teaching, and research in higher education
ByJennifer Leigh

part I|59 pages

Theory and practice

chapter 1|15 pages

Embodiment as embodiment of

ByPaul Bowman

section |2 pages

Ben Spatz in conversation with Paul Bowman: words, pictures, bodies

chapter 2|13 pages

Posthuman embodiment

On the functions of things in embodiment processes
ByGrit Höppner

section |2 pages

Adrian Skilbeck in conversation with Grit Höppner

chapter 3|14 pages

Letters to an empty room

ByBen Spatz

section |3 pages

Mike Poltorak in conversation with Ben Spatz: resonances in an empty room

chapter 4|15 pages

Seriousness, voice and ventriloquism

Making ourselves intelligible in higher education
ByAdrian Skilbeck

section |2 pages

Richard Bailey in conversation with Adrian Skilbeck

part II|68 pages

Teaching and practice

chapter 5|15 pages

Displacing the one

Dislocated thinking in higher education
ByCatherine Herring, Paul Standish

section |2 pages

Robb Lindgren and Sara Price in conversation with Catherine Herring and Paul Standish

chapter 6|12 pages

The embodied academic

Body work in teacher education
ByNicole Brown

section |2 pages

Kimber Andrews in conversation with Nicole Brown: inhabiting scholarship: embodiment in teacher education

chapter 7|13 pages

Under this weight

Embodiment in dance choreography
ByAngela Pickard

section |2 pages

Paul Bowman in conversation with Angela Pickard

chapter 8|11 pages

Embodied professional early childhood education and care teaching practices

ByEva Mikuska, Sandra Lyndon

section |2 pages

Catherine Herring and Paul Standish in conversation with Eva Mikuska and Sandra Lyndon

chapter 9|15 pages

Finding the dance in the everyday

A flesh and bones approach to studying embodiment
ByKimber Andrews

section |2 pages

Angela Pickard in conversation with Kimber Andrews

part III|96 pages

Research and practice

chapter 10|12 pages

Researching embodied sport and movement cultures

Theoretical and methodological considerations
ByIan Wellard

section |1 pages

Nicole Brown in conversation with Ian Wellard

chapter 11|22 pages

Embodied practice and academic embodied identity

ByJennifer Leigh

section |2 pages

Ian Wellard in conversation with Jennifer Leigh

chapter 12|19 pages

Embodiment and technology-enhanced learning environments

Cultivating a new community of design research
ByRobb Lindgren, Sara Price

section |2 pages

Grit Höppner in conversation with Robb Lindgren and Sara Price: embodiment as a methodological tool of technology-based learning processes in schools

chapter 13|19 pages

Embodied reflexivity

Sharing and transformation in teaching visual anthropology
ByMike Poltorak

section |2 pages

Jennifer Leigh in conversation with Mike Poltorak

chapter 14|16 pages

Being there

Exploring an embodied-relational approach to understanding children’s physical activity
ByRichard Bailey

section |2 pages

Eva Mikuska and Sandra Lyndon in conversation with Richard Bailey: a conversational piece

chapter |6 pages

Concluding thoughts

ByJennifer Leigh