Roundtable | Embodiment TFDC 2.16
Jul 04, 2023 15:45 - 17:15(Europe/London)
20230704T1545 20230704T1715 Europe/London 2.24. Spatial and social ecologies of embodied remembering: affects, places, skills

Ecologies of remembering are dynamic and heterogeneous environments where the sociohistorical structuring of cultural and embodied memory generates conflicts and concordances. Embodied agents navigate and manage multiple entangled spatial and social resources in everyday remembering and in longer-term creative and collaborative management of shared or difficult histories. This roundtable addresses contemporary challenges in the study of embodied interaction in memory practices.Brown, Keightley, Laurier, Reavey, and Sutton draw on their established research programs across the disciplines of memory studies. Together they ask which concepts and methods help us understand activities of remembering. In brief position statements intended to open up audience engagement, the five speakers will combine critical reflection on recent theory in memory studies with examples from a range of case studies.Questions addressed in the roundtable include the following:• Do the concepts of 'embodiment' and 'embodied remembering' retain legacies of the dualisms they were meant to overturn?• What are the forms of remembering that embodied agents draw on and create, in particular skilled practices?• What is the nature of deep place knowledge?• What are the embodied certainties and uncertainties of dwelling in familiar terrain or neighbourhoods, and what are the costs of its disruption?• What forms of remembering animate wayfinding in familiar and unfamiliar places?• How do individuals and communities set up infrastructures that sustain shared histories, and adapt or transform them in the face of breakdown or displacement?The speakers discuss the concepts and methods that they use to describe and understand the entanglements of embodied, spatial, and social dim ...

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Ecologies of remembering are dynamic and heterogeneous environments where the sociohistorical structuring of cultural and embodied memory generates conflicts and concordances. Embodied agents navigate and manage multiple entangled spatial and social resources in everyday remembering and in longer-term creative and collaborative management of shared or difficult histories. This roundtable addresses contemporary challenges in the study of embodied interaction in memory practices.

Brown, Keightley, Laurier, Reavey, and Sutton draw on their established research programs across the disciplines of memory studies. Together they ask which concepts and methods help us understand activities of remembering. In brief position statements intended to open up audience engagement, the five speakers will combine critical reflection on recent theory in memory studies with examples from a range of case studies.

Questions addressed in the roundtable include the following:
• Do the concepts of 'embodiment' and 'embodied remembering' retain legacies of the dualisms they were meant to overturn?
• What are the forms of remembering that embodied agents draw on and create, in particular skilled practices?
• What is the nature of deep place knowledge?
• What are the embodied certainties and uncertainties of dwelling in familiar terrain or neighbourhoods, and what are the costs of its disruption?
• What forms of remembering animate wayfinding in familiar and unfamiliar places?
• How do individuals and communities set up infrastructures that sustain shared histories, and adapt or transform them in the face of breakdown or displacement?

The speakers discuss the concepts and methods that they use to describe and understand the entanglements of embodied, spatial, and social dimensions of remembering in sustained engagement with specific sites and communities: for example, the ubiquitous but under-studied interactive practices by which we get around our cities and our places together, and how social relations are maintained when remembering where to go is at stake. The roundtable will exchange findings and reflections from recent ethnographic, participatory, and applied research on embodied remembering, affects, and places. In addressing the multiple spatial and social settings of embodied remembering, the roundtable confronts the diversity of scales, domains and contexts in which memory studies embraces 'embodiment'.

Reader in Geography & Interaction
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University of Edinburgh
Professor
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Professor Paula Reavey, Professor of Psychology & Mental Health, London South Bank University.
Professor
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Nottingham Trent University
Leverhulme International Visiting Professor
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University of Stirling
Professor of Media and Memory Studies
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Loughborough University
Leverhulme International Visiting Professor
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University of Stirling
 Trina Cooper-Bolam
Banting Postdoctoral Researcher
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Concordia University, Montreal
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