Speakers

Aimie Purser

Aimie Purser

Aimie Purser is currently working as a lecturer in Social and Cultural Studies within the Sociology department of the University of Nottingham. She has recently completed a PhD entitled ‘Exploring Embodiment through Merleau-Ponty and Dance: A Conversation between Philosophy and Practice’

 

"Dancing With Others: Intercorporeal Synchrony and Understanding"

This paper brings Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy into conversation with understandings of the embodied practice of dance – accessed through in-depth qualitative interviews with professional contemporary dancers – with the aim of exploring how Merleau-Ponty’s concept of intercorporeality might play out in practice. In particular I will examine how both the concept of transfer of corporeal schema and the idea of intercorporeality as the basis for intersubjective synchrony and understanding can be understood in relation to my interviewees’ everyday experience of dancing with others.