P35
Body techniques: the arts of using the human body

Convenors:
Valdimar Tr. Hafstein (University of Iceland)
Ellen Hertz (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
Chair:
Ellen Hertz and Valdimar Tr. Hafstein
Location:
Ülikooli 16, 212
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Taking inspiration from Mauss' "techniques of the body", the panel explores the ethnology of the body through case studies. Paper proposals are invited on any of the various "ways in which people know how to use their bodies": from walking, dancing, and sex to sports, hygiene, heritage, and beyond.

Long abstract:

Taking inspiration from Mauss' notion of the techniques of the body, this panel proposes to explore the current state of the ethnology of the body through various case studies. Paper proposals are invited on any of the various "ways in which people know how to use their bodies", from walking to dancing, from sports to hygiene, from sex to heritage, and beyond. Questions to address might include: How are human bodies constituted, theorized, disciplined, carried, experienced, and placed in relation to other bodies, objects, places, ideas and social codes? How are bodies apprehended in relation to society and to time, how are their presence and movement written or transcribed, and how are social and temporal relationships inscribed on bodies? Emphasizing the body as an instrument of articulation, as a medium of performance, as a site of experience, as well as a tool of investigation, the panel will explore the contributions of body-centered perspectives to current scholarship in ethnology and folklore, and, conversely, how folklore and ethnology may contribute to interdisciplinary scholarship on the body.