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Queering the Somatic:Interrupting the narrative system


Join us this Friday and Saturday at Middlesex University, London...

The symposium offers opportunities to explore, challenge and celebrate the act of dispelling binaries: mind-body, male-female, subject-object.
The symposium will look at the connections between dance, (which emphasises the felt over the ‘named’, dispelling binaries and challenging Western constructs of the passive body.) and queer theory.

Queer theory is a field of critical thinking emerging in the early 1990’s drawing on feminism and queer studies to challenge social constructs and identities. Moving beyond the social constructs of the body both dance and queer theory offer a fluidity for narrating the lived experience; narrations that interrupt dominant stories of identity and how we move through the world.

The symposium is looking for contributions that might re-imagine, re-educate, re-think, reveal and allow us to re-create a world without the limits of binaries that reflect the somatic experience of Being in the world.

Queering the Somatic is the third somatic symposium curated by Dr Adesola Akinleye and Helen Kindred, following Wright-ing the Somatic (2016),
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sh_fNd_jys&t=17s
and Narrating the Somatic (2018),
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e1md6ejfK0

We hope; ‘Let’s imagine together we have all the money in the world and let’s let go of black and white, gay and straight, theory and practice and that all the gatekeepers have flung the doors open. Let’s focus on the arts, the practice and sharing. Understanding the world for a moment through someone else’s eyes’ (Akinleye, A. 2018)

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