Who is being taught? Weaving academic spaces and teaching bodies

Rozmin Jaffer

Abstract


The notion of embodiment, arising out of Body studies and complex ecological theories, situate the body as central to all social action, experience, learning, and research.  Spatiality duly problematizes “space” and “place” suggesting that the sites which our bodies inhabit are culturally constructed and constructing.  In light of the above, I show how the “teaching” body, as a particular kind of “institutional” body, is enacted, defined, viewed, and treated by others in specific sites.  Furthermore, how is the teaching body--at once rendered racialized and gendered--inscribed, marked, bureaucratized, and regulated in institutional settings?


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