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Join us for an arts-based research symposium: Movement, Somatics, and Writing. Duderstadt Video Performance Studio, University of Michigan.

Symposium Schedule:

Thursday, February 17th
From 5.30: get-together in the collaborator’s area in front of the Video Performance Studio, Duderstadt Center, Pierpoint Commons, on UM’s North Campus.
7  Greetings and Introduction
8-9.30 Journey to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin: participatory performance, with Neil Marcus and Petra Kuppers

Friday, February 18th
9.30 Gather
10.00 Brenda Iijima
11.00 Coffee
11.30 Stefanie Cohen
12.30 Lunch
1.30 E.J. Adams: A Walk Outdoors
2.30 Bhanu Kapil/Melissa Buzzeo: Palmistry: A Somatics.
3.30 break
4.00 Kate Elswit/Megan Nicely: Articulate Body Lab
5.30 Closing

Saturday, February 19th
9.30 Gather (with food provided: collaborators area outside studio)
10.00 Margit Galanter/Robert Kocik: HEART TONGUE FIRE BODY BREATH WORD
Afterwards: Open Field
Open play till 3, with lunch break
3.00 Gathering/Writing/Sharing
End at 4

Symposium Fellows:
Brenda Iijima, Chia-Yi Seetoo, Carol Abizaid, Denise Leto, EJ McAdams, Jill Magi, Margit Galanter, Megan Nicely, Melissa Buzzeo, Rob Halpern, Robert Kocik, Stefanie Cohen

Conference Team:
Amy Sara Carroll, Clare Croft, Thom Donovan, Kate Elswit, Bhanu Kapil, Jina Kim, Petra Kuppers, Eleni Stecopoulos


Original Call:

Call for Fellowship Applications:
Movement, Somatics and Writing: A Practice-Based Research Symposium
February 18th/19th 2011
Duderstadt Video Performance Studio, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

In our fourth arts-based inquiry symposium (after Anarcha: African American culture/Disability Culture/Medical Ethics; Touching Time: Bodies/Writing/Histories; Eco-Performance) we want to build on the inter- or transdisciplinary methods explored so far, and invite scholars and artists to engage in experimental writing and art practice at the sites/cites of the moving, living body and the moving, living text.

We invite up to ten fellows (graduate students, faculty, independent artists and writers) to come together for two days, to workshop, to use performances and presentations as provocations, and to plumb methods of merging art practice and critical writing. The specific topics we will address are yet to be determined by applicants' interests. But, to date, this symposium's foci include or relate to innovative methodologies, writing-as-practice, somatics/embodiment, breath poetics, prosodic magic, language limit zones, conceptual -isms, skin and membranes, mixed media and metaphors, the ethics of touch and movement, enjambed spacetime, transitions and becoming ______ . We will be in praxis together: this is not a conference to share the results of previous research or practice. Thus, we are not looking for papers, performances, portfolios, or readings; we plan to experiment. Come and share the excitement of your creative and critical research, present a workshop based on your passions, and find out what could happen.

Each invitee will have transport and accommodation costs reimbursed up to $200 dollars. The conference hotel offers rooms for about sixty dollars a night, and we will assist people who want to be hosted by graduate students.

Application Process: please send a short CV, a sample of your writing (creative, experimental, performative or critical), and a brief statement about why you would like to participate, to You can also send URLs or a DVD or CD with performance or visual arts material. Query first about snail mail address by emailing the symposium director: Petra Kuppers,

Deadline: October 1, 2010 Notification: October 20, 2010