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    Teaching as bodily enactment: relational formations of touch and movement

    Todd, Sharon (2022) Teaching as bodily enactment: relational formations of touch and movement. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 43 (5). pp. 737-748. ISSN 0159-6306

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    This paper explores a common representational form of teaching that has reappeared in current educational theory: the figure of the teacher as one who points. Informed by Nicolas Bourriaud’s notion of relational aesthetics I outline how the form of pointing is actually a relational formation that invites students into certain relationships with objects of study as well as with teachers themselves. Focusing on relational encounters as central to teaching, I argue in the second part of the paper that movement and the dynamics of touch are key to reframing teaching as bodily enactment. Drawing on the work of Erin Manning, I explore how movement and touch are generative of educational relations and how they enable students and teacher to co-create educational spaces together. Teaching as bodily enactment enables us to understand how physical bodies matter in and to our educational practices as well as our representations of them.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Todd, S. 2022, "Teaching as bodily enactment: relational formations of touch and movement", Discourse (Abingdon, England), vol. 43, no. 5, pp. 737-748.
    Keywords: Teaching; aesthetics; bodies; relations; movement; touch; Bourriaud; Manning; encounter; representation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 17579
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    Depositing User: Prof. Sharon Todd
    Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2023 08:19
    Journal or Publication Title: Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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