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The Body Eclectic: Exploring the Diversity of Bodily Being is a 3 day colloquium for the dissemination and exchange of ideas, research and practices that engage the topic of embodiment and phenomenological experience. Eighteen experts in a diversity of fields will come together in an extended conversation around the eclectic and collective experience of living a body in the 21st century. With an interdisciplinary approach it is our goal to promote scholarly encounters between different disciplines, professions, areas of expertise and contexts as a means of stimulating emergent and creative discussions relating to embodiment.
Our colloquium includes interdisciplinary panel discussions among experts who explore the intersection between important social and environmental topics such as: aging, care, and differently-abled bodies; the creation of inclusive, accessible spaces, a socially responsible community and environmentally responsible death; the permeability of the body through technological advances and genetic manipulation as well as ‘othering’ certain bodies through technological mainstays; and, finally, celebration of being a body in all of its differences and finding ways to enable expression of all the bodies eclectic. There will be four panels of four people each: The Body Expressed, The Body Perceived, The Body Present, and The Body Malleable. The discussion and dissemination of these topics through live-streaming and archiving on a dedicated website will allow for an enhanced degree of inclusion in the discussion and the ability to extend knowledge development and pedagogical value well beyond the rooms where the colloquium is held.
Our two keynote speakers are psychoanalyst, poet, activist, and Professor Emeritus, Robert Romanyshyn, and Canadian modern dancer, choreographer, activist and head of the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation, Margie Gillis. Among our international participant is Associate Professor Courtney Coyne-Jensen, architect, artist and urban designer at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Copenhagen). Canadian researchers include Lorna Roth on skin colour bias in film (Concordia), Amanda Boetzkes, ecological perception and neuroplasticity (UGuelph), Carolina Bergonzoni, phenomenological presence in dance (Vancouver), Juli Rees on expressive enabling and social justice (Vancouver), and Zoe Kreye, inclusivity and art (ECUAD). Faculty of Thompson Rivers University and key Kamloops community members will also be involved in the panel discussions.
The Body Eclectic Colloquium will accompany Under my skin, a splendor of organs an exhibition by Vancouver based artist Kristina Fiedrich, curated by Terryl Atkins. The Exhibition opens March 11th 2016 and launches the Colloquium event.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
In order to receive the discounted ticket price, current TRU students and students of other BC institutions must provide current ID at time of registration. Faculty and Staff members must also provide a valid University ID. There is no age limit to enter the event.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking: Visitors to TRU have free parking after hours and on weekends.
Transportation: TRU Exchange includes stops for the following bus routes: 4-Pacific Way; 5-Pineview; 7-Aberdeen; 9-Gleneagles; 10-North Shore/TRU Express.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Please bring your own coffee mugs and water bottles.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, login to Eventbrite to make changes.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
It is not necessary to bring your printed ticket to the event. You can simply show your email confirmation or digital ticket at registration.
What is the refund policy?
Please contact the organizers for refund requests.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
The name on the ticket must match the attendee's ID. Tickets are non-transferrable.