The ’material turn’ in critical theory - and particularly the turn towards the body coupled with scientific insights from biomedicine, biology and physics - is becoming an important path in fields of humanities-based scholarly inquiry. Material and technological philosophies play an increasingly central role in disciplines such as literary studies, cultural studies, history, performance and aesthetics, to name only a few. This edited collection of essays investigates how the material turn finds applications within humanities-based frameworks - focusing on practical reflections and disciplinary responses. It takes as its critical premise the understanding that importation of theoretical viewpoints is never straightforward; rather, a complex, sometimes even fraught, communication takes place between these disciplines at the imperceptible lines where praxis and theory meet, transforming both the landscape of practical engagement and the models of material theory. Presenting a multi- and interdisciplinary consideration of current research on the cultural relationship to living (and non-living) bodies, Corporeality and Culture: Bodies in Movement puts the body in focus. From performance and body modification to film, literature and other cultural technologies, this volume undertakes a significant speculative mapping of the current possibilities for engagement, transformation and variance of embodied movement in relation to scientifically-situated corporealities and materialities in cultural and artistic practices. Time and time again, it finds these ever-shifting modes of being to be inextricably interdependent and coextensive: movement requires embodiment; and embodiment is a form of movement.
’For well over a decade the turn to the body has complicated any straightforward conception of social construction or biologism. The essays collected in Corporeality and Culture transform the fields of gender studies and cultural studies in surprising and astute ways. Focused on important ethical and political questions these essays will be highly valuable and fascinating reading for anyone interested in contemporary culture and the difficulties of thinking about the politics of embodiment.’ Claire Colebrook, Penn State University, USA ’Corporeality and Culture is a next-generation volume in feminist theory and queer studies. The editors write how they have modestly witnessed the making of new materialisms in academia and art, and readers will find themselves in the position of the modest witness to a new twist in the turn towards post-humanist and affect theory, phenomenology and Deleuze Studies. The individual essays survey contemporary corporeality across theory and a multitude of artistic practices.’ Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University, The Netherlands ’Here a new generation of scholars address the motion, e-motion and sheer commotion of bodies in states of becoming and relation. Resisting any conception of the body� as unity or totality, this collection constructs new cartographies emphasising difference, mutability, porosity and the undecidably in-between. This is adventurous, exploratory, experimental work, refusing to be bound to programs of any kind; this is thinking on the move towards unanticipated possibilities and unpredictable outcomes.’ Anna Gibbs, University of Western Sydney, Australia