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WGST Collaboration Part 1: Embodying Identity

  • Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Location: CFA 121

Please come to WGST sponsored collaboration "Embodying Identity" and "Community and Identity" to think through and "do" embodiment and community as core themes of intersectionality.  WGST is revisioning the program and wants to collaborate across disciplines to think about identities as lived experience, as community bridging and building, as scholarly, intellectual and activist enterprises.  There are two days, part one (Wed August 16, 1-5pm) focused on Embodiment and part two (Thurs August 17, 9-5) focused on Community.  Please sign up for both!  Readings will be sent to participants ahead of time. 

Part One:  Embodying Identity

Participants should dress in clothes that allow the body to move freely and comfortably and to bring layers in order to adjust to changing body temperature.


Thinking through the body is crucial for understanding the intersectionality of all experiences regarding culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, economics, age, class, demographic, environment, and place.

Extensive research has long suggested that socially constructed dichotomies and binaries result in disembodied and unhealthy ways of living that diminish life experiences. The structure and function of the human body deeply influence the nature of all human experiences and thoughts. This workshop promotes an understanding of the symbiotic and integrative relationship between body and lived experience that promotes and supports embodying identities.

While there is no single definition of "embodiment" this workshop will consider an understanding of "embodiment" as the practice of recognizing all human attributes (e.g. senses, emotions, physicality, sexuality, etc.) as both material and spiritual realities. Building upon the results of nearly twenty years of "Movement Fundamentals" research, this workshop will explore what it means to approach the human body as the primary source of knowledge.

Questions? Contact Jeff Wilkerson, 563-387-1226