The Embodied Researcher in Sport

A BSA Postgraduate Forum Regional Event

27 June 2019
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, UK

About the Event

The notion of embodied research as a ‘frame of mind’ or orientation to the research process prompts us to confront aspects of reflection, reflexivity and the impact of our own bodies on our thinking, actions and writing. 

While there has been much attention given to the body in sociology, more often than not the focus has been ‘other’ bodies. In these cases, there is the risk that bodies are merely treated as the subject or object of a study rather than as a significant aspect in meaning making, informed by the researcher as well as the focus of the study. 

Often, it is considered that embodied research is best applied to approaches that enter into the field, often in ethnographic studies. However, it is not always the case that an embodied ‘frame of mind’ is necessarily incorporated in these situations. At the same time, research that does not adopt ethnographic approaches is not automatically excused having to make any embodied considerations. The central tenets of reflexivity and embodied awareness are key foundations for generating and acting upon research questions.  

Consequently, for the purposes of this one-day seminar, the following questions will provide focus for discussion: 

  • What is embodied research?
  • How could it/should it be incorporated into sociological explanations of sport? 

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Ian Wellard, Canterbury Christ Church University) 
  • Dr Jennifer Leigh, University of Kent

Call for Abstracts

We are seeking abstracts that consider the extent to which we are able to recognise the embodiedness in the research process, one that includes the objects of the research as well as ourselves as embodied researchers.

  • Presentations will be considered from PG students (current or recently completed) whose work considers/confronts/challenges the notion of doing embodied research.
  • As the general theme of ‘embodiment’ covers a multitude of themes and enables a more inter-disciplinary approach to the study of sport, we are not restricting the presentations to specific areas. As such we welcome the opportunity to generate discussion through a range of perspectives. 

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Amy Clark by 5pm on 31 March 2019.