The John Morton Center hosts "Current Issues" lectures, seminars, conferences, and workshops on the histories, societies, politics and cultures of North American nations.

The JMC strives to engage in dialogue with multiple academic, cultural, political, and ideological viewpoints. We welcome speakers from a range of different backgrounds and persuasions. The views of our guests do not represent those of the Center.

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May 6, 2021: "A Deleuzian Approach to Studying the Moving Body"

Thursday May 6, 2021

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“A Deleuzian Approach to Studying the Moving Body"

With its increased appearance in the social sciences and humanities, French philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s thought is now used also in the study of physical culture. Notoriously difficult to penetrate, Deleuze’s conceptual system has been accessed in diverse ways to analyze the physically active body. In this talk, I aim to offer, based on my recent book, Deleuze and the Physically Active Body (Routledge, 2019), a summary of Deleuze’s concepts of the strata, assemblage, and the body to illuminate ways to think ‘differently’ about researching the physically active body.

Pirkko Markula is a professor of socio-cultural studies of physical activity at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research interests include social analyses of dance, exercise, and sport in which she has employed several theoretical lenses ranging from critical, cultural studies research to Foucault and Deleuze. She is also a contemporary dancer and choreographer. She is the author of Deleuze and the Physically Active Body (Routledge, 2019), co-author, with Michael Silk, of Qualitative Research for Physical Culture (Routledge, 2011), and co-author with Richard Pringle, of Foucault, Sport and Exercise: Power, Knowledge and Transforming the Self (Routledge, 2006).


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