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Seminar 2: The Ethical Drama of Encountering the Other

Past Event
Tuesday 14 - Wednesday 15 September, 2021

Seminar Day One:  September 14th, 2021 from 9.30am to 3.30pm (BST)

Seminar Day Two: September 15th, 2021 from 11am to 2.45pm (BST)

The idea that sense and sense making are deeply intertwined has been at the forefront of significant shifts in conceptualising encounters in linguistics, arts and philosophy. When people with apparent differences interact with one another in ‘contact zones’, they turn toward the other by deploying rich communicative repertoires which rely not only on speech but on the body as a fundamental resource for meaning making (Blackledge & Creese, 2018). They perform the drama of encountering the other. When audiences are moved by a play, they are responding to “an almost ethical demand…to forge attachments with all the intensities and sensations that emerge in performance” (Einarsson, 2017, p. 4). Philosophers have argued that the ethics of relating to the other can be approached not as just philosophy or moral philosophy, but as drama: a pre-reflective way of relating that is at once deeply spiritual and phenomenologically experienced through the body (Critchley, 2015). This seminar will engage with these theoretical intersections and propose methodological principles for connecting the discursive, phenomenological and performative dimensions of embodied encounters in research.

Provocations: Elisabetta Adami; Mohasin Ahmed; Nadra Assaf & Heather Harrington, Adrian Blackledge & Angela Creese; Gail Boldt & Joseph Valente; Kate Fellows; Nadine A Jassat; Nigel Rapport; Rae Si'ilata; Quentin Williams

Keynote: Charlotta Palmstierna Einarsson, MID Sweden University

Creative Lab led by Artist in Residence: Rosie Kay (choreographer, Birmingham)

Conversation led by Mohasin Ahmed, Adrian Blackledge, Nigel Rapport

You are invited to this Zoom meeting - When: September 14th 09:30 - 14:30 and September 15th 11.00 - 14.45 (BST)

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