New article published in a special issue on London2012 of Culture @ the Olympics:
During 2012 I was fortunate enough to work with some students from City of Bristol College (with thanks to tutor Sacha Butterworth) as part of a series of research projects. These students have been involved in various citizen media activities in collaboration with Relays at watershed.
The link above will take you to a short documentary produced by these talented young filmmakers providing an insight into the lead up to the Paralympic Games and some of the contemporary issues confronting disability sport.
The film was funded by the University of Bath as part of a broader research project on disability sport (Dr Emma Rich, Dr Michael Silk and Dr Jill Porter) and undertaken in partnership with Relays at Watershed (a huge thanks to Liz Milner) and City of Bristol College (Sacha Butterworth). Many thanks to all the students, athletes, coaches, staff at the Bath Sports Training village and to David Goldblatt for their help in making this documentary possible.
As the London2012 Olympic Games drew to a spectacular end this week, attention quickly turned to the future and potential legacy and ‘inspiration’ it will deliver. This word has populated the media landscape and a quick search for #inspiration on twitter will give some indication of its prevalence. Unsurprisingly, the capacity for sport to ‘inspire’ has fronted the discourse before and during the 2012 Games. Over the coming months and years, the success of the Games will be held to its claim to ‘inspire a generation’. Yet only days later, following a BBC survey, concerns were raised that the effect of the games would be short-lived.
One aspect of the Olympic and Paralympic legacies may be their capacity to provide a context through which young people can engage with the intersections between culture, media and social activism as a form of learning. In this article I explore whether the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is a context through which young people can be engaged as learners?
In September 2011 some of my work on the Body and Physical Culture was the subject of an exhibition at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Insitution. Click here to view the Online Exhibition Book.
Body culture is an interdisciplinary contemporary art exhibition exploring young people’s relationship with their bodies within a culture of increased surveillance and body perfection. Thirteen artists have translated research findings of work by Dr Emma Rich, The University of Bath and colleagues from Loughborough University (Laura De-Pian, John Evans, Rachel Allwood) into forms of performance art, conceptual sculptures and photography. Amidst growing concerns about the rise in disordered eating and body dissatisfaction, the exhibition uses these various art forms to explore the impact of an increased focus on weighing, measuring and the surveillance on young people’s bodies.
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On 23rd – 24th July Weymouth hosted their Olympic Open Weekend as part of the Cultural Olympiad and in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Funded by University of Bath and in collaboration with RELAYS Watershed Bristol, Weymouth College and #media2012 I have just completed a pilot study on young people and citizen journalism. A number of local young people underwent training with David Goldblatt to become citizen journalists to report on the weekend’s activities, highlighting important issues and documenting the cultural activities. The young people involved in this project have all done a fantastic job of interviewing, photographing, videoing and blogging topical issues connected to Weymouth’s involvement in the 2012 Olympic Games using smart phone technology. Well done and thank you to all involved! Please do feel free to comment on any of the posts on the blog.
This project has been made possible by a number of people and organisations.
Funding for the project was provided by Univerity of Bath and the research strand led by Dr Emma Rich
The project is part of a larger network #media2012 you can follow this on twitter, facebook or visit the website
The project has been undertaken in collaboration with RELAYS at Watershed and the process will be repeated repeated over the forthcoming year with the aim of another visit to Weymouth during next year’s London 2012 Olympic sailing. RELAYS at Watershed is Watershed’s contribution to the region wide RELAYS project. RELAYS is an ambitious, innovative and flexible programme of linked cultural and sporting opportunities across the South West which marks one of the regions contributions to the forthcoming 2012 Olympiad in London. Watershed is one of three venues contributing cultural activity to the RELAYS celebrations. A thanks to Liz Milner for all her hard work on this project.
Support at the event was also provided by Mathew Swindells, RELAYS colleague from UWE and artist Kerri O’Connell.
Many thanks also to Tim Abberley from Weymouth College and Alan Rogers, Arts Development Officer, Weymouth and Portland and Richard Crowe, London 2012 creative programmer south west for making this project possible.
Many thanks to all of those involved with the Olympic Open Weekend – technicians, students, members of the public, artists, organisers.
Integrating perspectives on schools-based research – July 14th 2011
July 14th – presenting a paper on methodological issues of undertaking research on sensitive issues around health and the body in schools. This is part of a one day conference on ‘Integrating perspectives on schools-based research’ at Cardiff University organised by Ceryn Evans.
This Summer I will be undertaking research on social media and the Olympics as part of the #media2012 social media community: “This is founded on principles of ‘open media’ and will facilitate community legacies and build stories about London, the Nations and the Regions that reach an international audience. It will focus on reporting all non-sporting legacy stories, locating culture and art at the heart of its practice. Its work will transcend national boundaries in ways that no other Games has achieved before, by promoting peer-to-peer conversations. The intention is that this community will help to build a new media legacy for the United Kingdom, built on the idea of citizen media reporting and the recognition that the Games are more than just sports competitions. They are social movements with high humanitarian and cultural aspirations”
A proposal for the project, directed by Professor Andy Miah, is also available online here
Working with South West partners (Watershed Bristol, Liz Milner, Matthew Swindells, Journalist David Goldblatt, Richard Crowe and Alan Rogers, Weymouth College) I will be undertaking a pilot project on citizen journalism during an Olympic Open Weekend. Young people will be reporting on the Olympic Open Weekend as citizen journalists using a variety of social media platforms. It is intended that this project will continue throughout and after games time, registering a stories which might otherwise not get told. Please do get in contact if you wish to know more about this project or wish to be involved in the South West network of #media2012. For those of you in Weymouth on the Olympic open day, we hope to have a live feed into the big screen (ici 360 immersive video arena) that day so do come along and support the project.
To follow this project, please visit the #media2012 website, twitter #media2012 or #emmarich45. We also have a facebook page
New article published on pedagogy and physical cultural studies in the Sociology of Sport Journal
Exploring the Relationship Between Pedagogy and Physical Cultural Studies: The Case of New Health Imperatives in Schools
This paper explores how we might better engage with pedagogy as a feature of the growing field of Physical Cultural Studies (Andrews, 2006). It is promulgated that pedagogy and physical culture, as disciplines, may benefit from a much stronger dialogical engagement. In progressing these discussions, the paper draws on the case of the current interest in what is putatively described as a childhood obesity epidemic, to illustrate how physical cultural practices relating to “health” produce public pedagogy which speaks to a complex interplay of political, social and technological relationships.
Cet article explore la façon dont nous pourrions nous engager dans la pédagogie qui représente un aspect du domaine en expansion des Études culturelles physiques (Andrews, 2006). Il a été promulgué que la pédagogie et la culture physique pouvaient bénéficier d’un engagement dialogique beaucoup plus prononcé entre l’un et l’autre. En donnant le stade où en sont ces discussions, l’article met en jeu le cas suscitant l’intérêt actuel à ce qui est décrit comme une maladie d’obésité infantile, pour illustrer comment les pratiques culturelles physiques liées à la santé génèrent une pédagogie publique qui commente l’intéraction complexe des relations politiques, sociales et technologiques.
Just given a paper on Boys body dissatisfaction, new health imperatives and sites of learning at
A really thoughtful symposium which problematized bodies, masculinities and body image
In September there will be an exhibition of artist’s interpretation of some of the research I have been undertaking for the last ten years with colleagues (John Evans, Rachel Allwood, Laura De Pian, Jan Wright, Lisette Burrows etc) concerning the increased surveillance of young people’s bodies (funded by ESRC and Loughborough University). This will be curated by Kerrie O’Connell and held at the Bath Royal Scientific and Literary Institution.
Further details of dates, opening night and artists to follow…
ESRC seminar series: Fat Studies and HAES: Bigness Beyond Obesity (More about the series here- http://tinyurl.com/68fnh4y)
Seminar 4: Researching Fat Studies and HAES: working with/as fat bodies
5th-6th May 2011, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (Elwin Room)
To register to attend the seminar please follow this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KKWV6R3
This seminar will address the ethical and methodological issues involved in researching Fat Studies and Health at Every Size and will explore possibilities for the engagement of public, activist, policy and practitioner communities in Fat Studies and HAES research. The seminar will bring together health professionals, musicians, artists and academics and will include a combination of presentations workshop activities and performance art.
- Keynote: Jacqui Gingras, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University. Fleshing Out Knowledges Beyond Bounds
Jennie Pedley: Silhouettes and surroundings – art collaborations inspired by the history of exercise.
- Vikki Chalklin, Goldsmiths, University of London: Shared narratives/collective selves: Queer performance as a community of affect
- Professor John Evans, Loughborough University: ‘Border Crossings: How not to win friends and influence people in obesity research’
- Bethan Evans: ‘Juggling different hats: negotiating engagements between policy, activism and academia as a critical fat geographer.
- Rachel Colls: Big Bodies Dancing: reflections on doing fat research
- Neil Luck: (Composer)
The seminar will run from 1pm-6pm on Thursday 5th May and 9am-3pm on Friday 6th May.
The seminar is free to attend, including tea/coffee on Thursday 5th May and lunch on Friday 6th May, but participants must meet their own accommodation and transport costs. Directions to the venue can be found here: http://www.brlsi.org. There is plenty of hotel accommodation available in the centre of Bath.
There will be an optional dinner on Thursday 5th May (costs not covered). Please indicate whether you wish to attend this on the registration form.
There are a limited number of bursaries available to contribute to travel/accommodation costs for students/unwaged participants. To request a bursary, please complete the relevant section on the registration form.
ESRC SEMINAR SERIES
FAT STUDIES AND HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE: BIGNESS BEYOND OBESITY
Seminar 4 – Researching Fat Studies and HAES: working with/as fat bodies
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (Elwin Room) 5th-6th May 2011
Thursday 5th May 2011
13.00 – 13.30 Registration and coffee
13.30 – 13.45 Introduction
(Emma Rich, Bethan Evans, Rachel Colls)
13.45 – 14.30 Session One
Chair: Charlotte Cooper
13.45 -14.00 – Paper 1: Charlotte Cooper: A Fat/Queer Timeline: An update
14.00 -14.30 – Paper 2: Lucy Aphramor: It’s not good, its not bad, it’s just how it is’: participants’ experiences of a HAES programme in Coventry
14.30 -15.00 – Paper 3: Jennie Pedley: Silhouettes and surroundings – art collaborations inspired by the history of exercise.
15.00 -15.30 – Paper 4: Vikki Chalklin, Goldsmiths, University of London: Shared narratives/collective selves: Queer performance as a community of affect
15.30-16.00 – Tea/Coffee
16.00-17.00 Session Two
Chair: Lee Monaghan
16.00-16.30 – Paper 5: Karen Throsby, Warwick University: “You can’t be too vain to gain if you want to swim the Channel”: marathon swimming, ethnography and the problem of heroic fatness
16.30-17.00 – Paper 6: Professor John Evans, Loughborough University: Border Crossings: How not to win friends and influence people in obesity research
17.00-18.00: Keynote address:
Dr Jacqui Gingras, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University: Fleshing Out Knowledges Beyond Bounds
Chair: Lucy Aphramor
19.00 – Dinner: Panasia Oritental Restaurant, 2 George Street. Bath. 01225 481001
Friday 6th May 2011
10.00-12.00 Session Three
Chair: Karen Throsby
10.00-10.30 – Paper 7: Bethan Evans: ‘Juggling different hats: negotiating engagements between policy, activism and academia as a critical fat geographer.
10.30-11.00 – Paper 8: Rachel Colls: Big Bodies Dancing: reflections on doing fat research
11.00-11.30 – Paper 9: Neil Luck: (Composer)
11.30-12.00 – Paper 10: Sally Lemsford, socially-engaged artist-curator
12.00-13.00 – Lunch
13.00-15.00 – Discussion groups, roundtable and conclusion
Chair: Bethan Evans and Emma Rich
Throughout the seminar a range of art work will also be exhibited.
Shared Narratives/Collective Selves: Queer Performance as a Community of Affect
Drawing from the practices of auto- and performance-ethnography this piece will consider how queer performance club spaces appear to enable certain modalities of ‘self’ that are simultaneously individual and communal through the performance of personal narratives translated into shared, collective stories. Through cabaret, burlesque, comedy, and spoken-word live art, this performance piece presents common experiences of trauma, exclusion and violence linked to stigmatised subjectivities and embodiments, blurring the distinctions of self/other, performer/audience and truth/fiction. Individual experiences and memories are made universal, and personal pain dissipates like laughter through the audience as it is affectively passed from one body to another. Rather than simply discuss in the abstract this phenomena as witnessed within various queer performance contexts, this performance aspires to engage the audience directly in the intersubjective practices of which it speaks by staging a performance that blends my own, my research participant-protagonists, and the audience’s experiences and subjective positioning to create a moment of collective relational being through the act of spectatorship.
Vikki Chalklin is a performer, activist and researcher based at Goldsmiths, University of London and an associate researcher with the AHRC research project Performance Matters. Her current work is located at the intersection of body theory and performance studies, investigating notions of performativity, embodiment, affect and intercorporeality.
Rachel Colls is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Durham University. Her research interests include geographies of ‘the body’, feminist theories of embodiment, emotions, obesity, consumption and clothing. She has published on women’s embodied and emotional experiences of clothes shopping, on the role of the BMI in anti-obesity policy and on the use of feminist theory to understand the materialities of fat. She is currently working on a project on big bodies dancing and on a book with Bethan Evans on Critical Geographies of Obesity/Fatness.
Charlotte Cooper is a queer fat activist based in London, and currently a Government of Ireland Ph.D scholar at the University of Limerick, courtesy of the Irish Social Sciences Platform. Charlotte’s background is in DIY culture and journalism. She authored the fat rights manifesto Fat and Proud: The Politics of Size (1998) and the novel Cherry (2002). Charlotte blogs about fat at www.obesitytimebomb.blogspot.com
Bethan Evans is a Lecturer in Human Geography and Medical Humanities at Durham University. Her research centres on the biopolitics surrounding health and education with specific reference to obesity. She has published on the position of young people in contemporary pre-emptive biopolitics concerning obesity and climate change, on young people’s embodied experiences of school sports and on the role of the BMI in anti-obesity policy. She is currently working on an ESRC project on the role of the built environment in anti-obesity policy and on a book with Rachel Colls on Critical Geographies of Obesity/Fatness.
John Evans is Professor of Sociology of Education and Physical Education in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. His research interests centre on issues relating to the politics of the curriculum, equity and identity; and embodiment, education and health. John has published extensively in the Sociology of Education and Physical Education. His books include: Education, Disordered Eating and Obesity Discourse (with Emma Rich, Brian Davies and Rachel Allwood; London: Routledge, 2008); Educational Policy and Social Reproduction (with Brian Davies and John Fitz; Routledge, 2005); Teaching in Transition: The Challenge of Mixed Ability Grouping (Open University Press, 1985); and co-author (with Dr Dawn Penney) of Politics, Policy and Practice in Physical Education (E&FN Spon 1999).). His edited books include: Body Knowledge and Control. Studies in the Sociology of Physical Education and Health; Routledge, 2004), Physical Education, Sport and Schooling : Studies in the Sociology of PE (Falmer Press, 1986), Teachers Teaching and Control (Falmer Press, 1988) and Equality, Education and Physical Education, (Falmer Press, 1993).
Jacqui Gingras, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor, Ryerson University.
Jacqui is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University’s School of Nutrition. Her research involves theoretical and experiential explorations of critical health and dietetics epistemology and what “counts” as knowledge in nutrition and food education and practice. She has a particular interest in how a dietetic student’s and/or professional’s subjectivity is constituted by power, discourse, race, class, and gender and how those attributes then inform professional practices. Her research engages autoethnographic, narrative, phenomenological, and arts-informed methods as a means for situated and particular understandings of dietetics theory, education, and practice. Her doctoral research, a critical autoethnographic fiction on how dietetic education, subjectivity, and performativity shape a collective understanding of food, weight, and health, was awarded the Ted T. Aoki Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in Curriculum Studies at UBC. Her work appears in the Health at Every Size Journal, Food, Culture & Society, Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Educational Insights, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Currently, Dr. Gingras serves as the Chair of the Centre for the Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (Faculty of Community Services), as a Steering Committee member of the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice, and is a member of the Advisory Committee for Professional Affairs (Dietitians of Canada). She is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario.
Sally Lemsford, socially-engaged artist-curator who enjoys working collaboratively, addressing social issues by setting up events and encounters for specific situations in public spaces. She makes temporary relationships with diverse people in their own locality – shared art experiences of art as process, art as traces, art as an intervention.Starting with a concept and process, she invites people to engage actively so they contribute to the direction that the process takes; the result is cohesive, relevant and amazing. By setting up a thinking space where least expected, she gives people the opportunity to look afresh at their own space, to consider and reflect on their everyday experiences, stories and moments in life. By using everyday non-art formats, she gives people the chance to look, read, digest unfamiliar material in a familiar way. They may not even be aware of this as art. She looks for opportunities that intrigue her, which she thinks she can contribute to strongly and that challenges her to review who she is and how she works. Images, text, sounds, movement, storytelling and playfulness are all important in what she does. How this is communicated effectively to the general public is central to her planning and informs the structure and process of the work she undertakes, wherever she ventures.
Neil Luck is a composer based in London. His compositional practice focuses on various approaches to non-standard notations, in particular those which implicate either the composer’s own body/movement in construction, or directly engage with the physiology of performance techniques themselves. He studied composition at the University of Surrey, and at the Royal College of Music.
He has also been active in performing his own work, and the work of others around the UK, Europe and Japan, as well as on BBC radio 3 as part of the Cut and Splice festival. He is the founder of ARCO – an experimental string ensemble, and is a co-founder of Squib-box; an artist led cooperative dedicated to the production, recording and dissemination of contemporary avant-garde music.
Neil’s work as a curator has seen led to two major exhibitions in 2008 and 2009 in collaboration with Sam Belinfante; Notations 2008 and The Voice and Nothing More . He has also produced a variety of concerts, happenings and events both independently and in collaboration with a range of other artists.
Jennie Pedley is an artist and a children’s physiotherapist. She has a long history of art science collaborations, funded by the Wellcome Trust. She has created virtual environments based on the memories of young people with cerebral palsy. Jennie has worked with cardiac and respiratory rehabilitation groups on their personal exercise histories. This led to the creation of a Mini Shadow Theatre, allowing people to perform scenes from the history of exercise, available at Tate Britain and the National Theatre. She has just finished a shadow film commission for Newcastle University for the exhibition, Coming of Age: the Art and Science of Ageing. She is currently putting in another bid to the Wellcome Trust at the end of this year.
Idyll exhibition Royal London Hospital, London, Vital Arts, following research on history of exercise, Wellcome Trust funded, 2007
Coming of Age: The Art and Science of Aging “a is for ageing” a four film installation at Great North Museum, Newcastle, 2011 inspired by the research of Newcastle University.
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
16-18 Queen Square,
Telephone: 01225 312084
Edited by Emma Rich, Lee F.Monaghan and Lucy Aphramor
I’ve just had a new article published in the journal ‘surveillance and society’. This is a special edition with a nice collection of papers on medical surveillance.
The article can be found at this link:
The review can be accessed here:
Andy Miah and Emma Rich have written an insightful and provocative book about cybermedicine, the varieties of knowledge, experience and practice emerging at the intersection of health information and the Web.
Recently spoke at the launch of Dr Lee Monaghan’s new book Men and The War on Obesity. A few pics from the event:
Lucy Aphramor, Emma Rich and Eoin Deveraux.
Lucy Aprhamor, Lee Monaghan (author) and Emma Rich