In Fall 2014, the Davies Forum topic will be: "Embodied Activism: Dance, Subjects, and Mobilization in Contemporary American Society." This forum will be co-taught by Professors Megan Nicely of the Department of Performing Arts and Social Justice and Michelle LaVigne of the Department of Rhetoric and Language.
this Davies Seminar, dance is used as a primary means to explore American
social and political values in action. By taking bodies in motion as the
object, tool, and perspective for study, this seminar will address how
subjectivity, communication, and aesthetics emerge from and are lived out
through our actions. Participants will explore how social values are embodied
and mobilized, causing us to question how certain bodies get recognized as a
part of political processes and social discourses while others remain unmarked.
This inquiry will proceed along two intersecting paths – theory and practice.
We will not only read theoretical texts, but also explore ideas through their
own bodies in studio-based exercises. Public lectures will underscore the
theoretical tracks in the seminar while public performances will direct
attention toward particular expressions that confront and question American
social norms, values, and actions in the world.