October 24 | Bold Brilliant Broads: Written in the Bones — Embodied Knowledges
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The divide between mind and body has informed centuries of philosophical history. The privileging of the mind over the body has framed ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. The body has been considered as a medium for, at best, distracting us from knowing the world and, at worst, as a medium for sabotaging the very possibility of knowing it. And when the body has been considered, it has often been the male body that has been the model and standard by which perceptions and experiences are judged. What have we missed as such? What is written in the bones? How do gender and sex shape and influence our answers to these questions?
When: Six weekly sessions on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, starting October 24, 2021
Duration: 2 hours per session
Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (approx. US$273 plus 13% HST)
Group Size: 12-participant limit
How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded. See full conditions at the bottom of this page.
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Dr. Wendy O’Brien is a philosopher with over 30 years’ experience teaching in academic and non-academic environments, including Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, Harvard, Oxford and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her work explores subjects including power, violence, the relation to the Other, home, silence, and creativity. She is presently working on a long-term project on the concept of wonder. An active member of the Ontario literary scene, she has been an interviewer for organizations including By the Lake Book Club, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and GritLit, as well as hosting Bourbon and Books book club in both Toronto and Hamilton.
Participants will receive PDFs of the readings.
The divide between mind and body has informed much of philosophical history. The privileging of the mind over the body has framed ethics and metaphysics, and also epistemology. Contrary to Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s assertion that “the body is our general medium for knowing the world,” the body has been considered as a medium for, at best, distracting us from knowing the world and, at worst, as a medium for sabotaging the very possibility of knowing the world. And when the body has been considered, it has often been the male body that has been the model and standard by which perceptions and experiences are judged. What have we missed as such? What is written in the bones? Written in the flesh and on the skin? How do gender and sex shape and influence our answers to these questions? What can we learn, what can we know in and through the female body?
In this seminar, we take up these questions, exploring women’s experiences of their bodies, and women’s experiences of writing their bodily experiences. Considering accounts of movement/dance, weight, sex, motherhood, pain, and aging, we will reflect on what the body knows — on how the body, the female body, specifically, thinks. Using as our starting point concepts from Merleau-Ponty’s The Phenomenology of Perception, we will investigate embodied knowledge through the writings of authors that include Iris Marion Young, Elaine Scarry, Roxanne Gay, Jen Gunter, Shelia Heti, Laura Maguire, Fran Lebowitz and Vivian Gornick.
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