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The Body in Feminist Theory and Practice

This course presents different disciplinary and theoretical approaches to the analysis of bodies, embodiment and embodied subjects as research objects. The aims of the course are two-fold: to explore some of the ways in which the body can become a subject of feminist inquiry, and to discuss and interrogate the ways in which our own embodiment as researchers impinges on the work we do. The methodological 'ins' and 'outs' of doing research on the body from a feminist and/or critical perspective will be outlined and assessed. Special emphasis will be given to considerations of the body as a surface of inscription, as an object of representation, as the location of perception, as a performative agent, and as a site of resistance. We will discuss performance theory, approaches to representation, poststructuralist theories of embodiment, as well as to sociological and anthropological notions of the body.