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Gaga and naming as eco-somatic practices of enchantment

Sanger, A; (2022) Gaga and naming as eco-somatic practices of enchantment. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices , 14 (2) pp. 263-275. 10.1386/jdsp_00086_1. Green open access

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Abstract

This article will trace theories of enchantment and disenchantment in the social sciences to craft a theoretical framework of enchantment as a form of ecological relationality. The framework will be supported by examples drawn from field-work completed between 2017 and 2021 in the United Kingdom and Israel of the contemporary somatic practice Gaga, a workshop on blessing and cursing facilitated by Claire MacDonald, and a week-long workshop with Sandra Reeve. These examples, expanded by sections of ethnographic reflection denoted in italics, demonstrate how a contemporary theory of enchantment, through somatic inquiry, may re-instil agency in the cold, mechanized world of modernity and open up channels of possibility to reimagine kinship.

Type: Article
Title: Gaga and naming as eco-somatic practices of enchantment
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1386/jdsp_00086_1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp_00086_1
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: dance; environmental perception; ethnography; performance philosophy; political ecology; relationality
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10169643
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