March 11 - March 13
"The Body Eclectic: Exploring the Diversity of Bodily Being" is a 3 day colloquium for the dissemination and exchange of ideas, research and practices that engage the topic of embodiment and phenomenological experience. Experts in a diversity of fields will come together in an extended conversation around the eclectic and collective experience of living a body in the 21st century. Our two keynote speakers are psychoanalyst, poet, activist, and Professor Emeritus, Robert Romanyshyn, and Canadian modern dancer, choreographer, activist and head of the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation, Margie Gillis. With an interdisciplinary approach it is our goal to promote scholarly encounters between different disciplines, professions, areas of expertise and contexts as a means of stimulating emergent and creative discussions relating to embodiment.
Our colloquium includes panel discussions among experts who explore the intersection between important social and environmental topics such as: aging, care, and differently-abled bodies; the creation of inclusive, accessible spaces, a socially responsible community and environmentally responsible death; the permeability of the body through technological advances and genetic manipulation as well as ‘othering’ certain bodies through technological mainstays; and, finally, celebration of being a body in all of its differences and finding ways to enable expression of all the bodies eclectic. Find out more, and buy tickets on our website: www.thebodyeclectic.ca
**Please note: this event is presented in tandem with the exhibition Under my skin, a splendor of organs, with works by Vancouver-based artist Kristina Fiedrich, March 11 - April 1 2016.