One of the emerging fields of study in the world is right at home in Goddard’s IMA Program. Embodiment Studies within the IMA program investigates the experience and implications of “being a body” is the brainchild of faculty member Ellie Epp. Ellie came to our faculty after earning her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in neurophilosophy from Simon Fraser University, and other degrees and expertise in philosophy, psychology, English, film studies and related fields. She writes of Embodiment Studies, “At its most general, embodiment studies is an emphasis on understanding human life as the life of a physical body.”
Areas of Embodiment Studies include Awareness Theory and Practice, Divided Bodies, Encultured Bodies, Engaged Bodies, Engaged Bodies, Erotics, Embodied Epistemology, Language and Bodies, Place and Embodiment, and Writing Bodies. Examples of student projects related to Embodiment Studies are:
- Alexander Hartman’s film, The Word Made Flesh, a collection of 11 short films combining poetry, archival film, education videos, new film and more to explore what it can mean to be “a disobedient body.”
- Rhonda Patzia created a collection of photographs, featuring women of many ages and backgrounds, accompanied by several practices for embodiment, including writing, meditation and study.
- Susan Moul, a yoga teacher, writer and business consultant, wrote a thesisThe mouth of the body, beginning with mine, that was a collection essays that cover the range of approaches to embodied self awareness. See her latest work, editing The Magazine of Yoga.
Click on the link to “Embodiment Studies” in the list of categories to the right to see more possibilities, and visit the Embodiment Studies Resource page.