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.
- 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.
- 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.