Workshop Announcement: Walking Threads: Being in Motions

Friday, 1 July, 1–3pm
School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford

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Life moves. Think of the weather; human and nonhuman activities; our very bodies’ physiological processes. Though we sense changes in and around us, those motions may elude direct perception.

Inspired by theories of transduction (Ingold 2013; Keane 2013) – that is, the converting of a ‘message’ from one kind of medium to another – this workshop aims to sensitize participants to movement variations and multiplicity, through the particular medium of thread.

We ask: Can thread help us attune to the world’s manifold animation? Can it extend our perception of our bodies and of ways of being in the world? What imagery or lexicon does engagement with threads conjure up?

Participants will be invited to entangle with threads and elements along the way, weaving their moving bodies into a fabric of physical forces. Corresponding with bodies and things, exploring shifts in scale and perspective, we will be attentive and open to where the threads take us.

Attendance is free, but please RSVP by 30 June: Karin.Eli[at]

Walking Threads is an ongoing project involving scholars and practitioners Paola Esposito, Ragnhild Freng Dale, Valeria Lembo, Peter Loovers and Brian Schultis – and a yarn of golden thread.

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