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TRU event explores diversity of bodily being

February 18, 2016 12:44 P.M.
Canadian modern dancer Marjorie Gillis, shown here in Florilege, will be a keynote speaker at The Body Eclectic Colloquium.

What’s it like inside that body of yours in the 21st century?

Experts in a range of fields will go beyond skin-deep next month at TRU for The Body Eclectic: Exploring the Diversity of Bodily Being, a three-day colloquium on embodiment and phenomenological experience.  Phenomenology is the study of structures of consciousness as experienced from a first-person point of view. 

The March 11-13 gathering includes interdisciplinary panel discussions among experts who explore the intersection between important social and environmental topics such as: 

  • Aging, care, and differently-abled bodies.
  • Creation of inclusive, accessible spaces, a socially responsible community and environmentally responsible death.
  • Permeability of the body through technological advances and genetic manipulation as well as “othering” certain bodies through technological mainstays.
  • Celebration of being a body in all of its differences and finding ways to enable expression of all the bodies eclectic.

The two keynote speakers are Robert Romanyshyn, psychoanalyst, poet, activist, Marjorie Gillis, Canadian modern dancer, choreographer, activist and head of the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation.

Canadian researchers include: Lorna Roth on skin colour bias in film; Amanda Boetzkes, ecological perception and neuroplasticity; Carolina Bergonzoni, phenomenological presence in dance; Matthew Rader on the instability of identity politics surrounding disability; Jenna Woodrow on social determinism and the evolution of norms; Professor of Philosophy Bruce Baugh on the hierarchical body and the anarchic body; and TRU Prof. Doug Ellis on pejorative labelling. Faculty and other community members will also be involved in the panel discussions.

The Body Eclectic Colloquium will accompany an exhibition by Vancouver-based artist Kristina Fiedrich, curated by Terryl Atkins. Under my skin: a splendor of organs, opens at the TRU Art Gallery March 11.

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