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.

Event announcement: “Stories”

CA and Samantha Mann

  23 May, 7.30pm-9.00pm

  24 May, 7.30pm-9.00pm

  Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford, OX4 1DY


Join Charles Adrian or Ms Samantha Mann for stories about love, loss, missed connections, some poetry and a rabbit.

The performance is free, and is part of a research study conducted by the Body and Being Network. So, as an audience member, you’ll also become a research participant. Participation will involve taking a questionnaire following the performance.

If you think you might be interested, visit our Eventbrite page and read our information sheet. If you’d like to participate, sign up for *one* performance. The only catch: we won’t tell you who is performing on each night – you’ll find out at the theatre!

For additional information, or if you have any questions, please write to the study’s Principal Investigator, Dr Karin Eli (Karin.Eli[at]


Charles Adrian is an actor, writer and podcaster who lives in London:

Ms Samantha Mann is an award-winning librarian and Spoken Word Artist:

This event is generously supported by St Hilda’s College.


CFP: Materiality and the Body: A Body and Being Network Writing Workshop

We navigate the world through and with objects; consciously or tacitly, in symbiotic or conflicted interaction, our embodied selves are entangled with the materiality that makes our everyday. In this one-day workshop, we aim to explore how critically engaging with objects might allow us to access experience. Specifically, we aim to examine how objects evoke and challenge our understandings of the body in writing, and how we might rewrite the body through focusing on a single object with which the body interacts.

The workshop will take place on Friday, 12 June 2015, 10am-5:30pm, at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. The day will include an intensive writing session, followed by group sharing and discussion. It is anticipated that the writing produced in this session will form the basis for an online collection. If you are interested in participating, please send a 200-250 word abstract, introducing the object you’d like to explore and explaining how this object might further our understandings of the body, alongside a brief bio (up to 100 words) to bodyandbeingnetwork [at] The deadline for submissions is 5 June.

* The workshop is sponsored by St Hilda’s College, Oxford. There are no registration fees, but applying to participate is essential. A limited travel bursary is available; please inquire with us further.

Event Announcement: “Embodying Emotion”

Where does emotion reside? How do we share it? To whom does it belong?

Performing an original piece based on Ovid’s tale of Myrrha (developed as part of Avid for Ovid), choreographer and dance artist Marie-Louise Crawley and composer Malcolm Atkins will explore the embodied expression of emotion. The performance will be followed by facilitated audience discussion.

“Embodying Emotion” will take place on Wednesday, 3 June, 5.30-6.30pm, at the Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Attendance is free, but please register for the event by 1 June – either by completing the form below, or by writing to us at bodyandbeingnetwork [at]

This event is generously supported by a research award from St Hilda’s College.

Please note that Ovid’s tale of Myrrha includes themes of incest and depression.