Call for papers Workshop “Movement as knowledge and practice” at the 10th Vienna Anthropology Days, 23.–25. April 2015

“I move therefore I am” is the motto of Brenda Farnell’s ground-breaking work in search for a theory of dynamic embodiment. Since the social sciences have started to overcome the Cartesian dualism of body and mind, movement has ontologically become acknowledged in its own right. The moving body, when walking, stumbling, dancing, performing, praying, fighting, idling, even when giving birth and probably when dying, is a storehouse of knowledge. The extent of the concept of movement has induced scholars to explore it within different theoretical frameworks. Approaching dance as anthropology, Brandstetter and Wulf treat movement not merely as subject matter of anthropology but as knowledge of the human being. Such studies address embodiment and the transformation of its cultural knowledge to body motion as autotelic practice. Encouraging notions of “moving” that go beyond classifications such as dance, sports, or ritual – which often fail in the face of ethnographic realities and theoretical debates – this workshop aims at exploring the relation between movement, knowledge, and practice. Papers may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

- Movement in cultures of integration versus cultures of separation of mind, body and emotion
- Movement as artistic, performative, social, religious, and/or political practice
- The grammar of movement
- “Thinking in movement” (Maxine Sheets-Johnstone)
- Movement as an instrument of “perceiving the world through the feet” (Tim Ingold)
- Movement and bodies in the construction of places and objects, spaces and architecture
- The conceptual representation of somatic experience of movement (notations, verbalizations, and visualizations)

Deadline for submitting abstracts (max. 300 words including title) to the workshop coordinators: March 9, 2015.


Coordination: Marion Wettstein, /

Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna


Jasmin Kashanipour,

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna


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