Art and Philosophy in Dialogue: Engendering Bodily Experience

Friday 29th November 2013 (18:00-20:00)

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The way each of us experiences her body is affected by the culture that surrounds us. Many people acknowledge that media images of the unattainable perfect physique affect our self-esteem. But according to writers like Sandra Bartky the effects of culture on the awareness of one’s own body are more insidious and wide-ranging than is commonly thought. Oppression fundamentally alters the experience of one’s bodily self.

In an ongoing collaboration, artist Céline Siani Djiakoua, and philosophers Jules Holroyd and Komarine Romdenh-Romluc, bring Art and Philosophy into dialogue to explore the effects of social power on our bodily experience.

We invite you to join us on Friday 29 November at Backlit, where we will present some of the ideas and visual imagery with which we are working. We will also reflect on the answers given to questions we asked people at the Stuff of Life Festival in September that explored bodily experience and aspects of the self, and invite you to consider what these ideas might mean to you. There may be cake.

Department of Philosophy

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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