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Borders and bodies

We bring together scholars who work on issues of human and national identities and experiences.

Members of this theme share research interests in topics such as: mobility and migration, space and place, identity, body and mind, the self/other.

We investigate:

  • the movement of people within and across national or other geographic borders and the economic and cultural impact of such mobility on local communities
  • modes of transportation
  • the notion of ‘crossing’ borders and ideas around legitimacy of borders and the movement of people across borders
  • the experience or idea of belonging to a particular place/space
  • experience as rooted in a particular location
  • the human body as artefact, and physical and linguistic experience as located in the body and mind
  • notions such as racial, gender, national, sexual or bodily identity
  • the discourses of and dialogues between national, individual and/or community identities and the location of shared or individual identity along bodily grounds
  • the subversion or surpassing of bodily markers of identity and notions of performance;
    representations of self and other in culture and in public discourse
  • ideas and experiences of the dominant and dominated
  • the colonial/anti-colonial and post-colonial
  • questions of ‘minority’, such as linguistic minority or dis/ability
  • social borders and the organisation of bodies and the discipline
  • the production and negotiation of linguistic and bodily practices.

Aims

  • Facilitate discussion and reflection on questions of people’s mobility and its economic and cultural impacts.
  • Discuss ideas around legitimacy of borders in the widest sense, including social borders.
  • Investigate the experience or idea of belonging to a particular place or space.
  • Consider the human body as artefact.
  • Examine people’s physical and linguistic experience as located in the body and mind.
  • Facilitate discourse regarding notions such as racial, gender, national, sexual or bodily identity.
  • Engage the theme’s target audience with questions of ‘minority’, such as linguistic minority or dis/ability.

Theme leaders

Rhian Atkin

Dr Rhian Atkin

Senior Lecturer in Portuguese

Email:
atkinr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4585
Charlotte Hammond

Dr Charlotte Hammond

Leverhulme Research Fellow

Email:
hammondc6@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2251 0103