Intra-active signatures in Capoeira: more-than-human pathways towards activism

Allegranti, Beatrice and Silas, Jonathan ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7224-7382 (2021) Intra-active signatures in Capoeira: more-than-human pathways towards activism. Emotion, Space and Society, 38 , 100747. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1755-4586 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2020.100747)

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Abstract

This paper is informed by interdisciplinary research, practice and activism (Allegranti and Silas 2014; 2016, 2017) combining dance movement psychotherapy, cognitive neuroscience and the Afro-Brazilian art of Capoeira. Framed by feminist new materialism and posthumanism (Manning 2013; Harraway 2012; Barad 2007), and as an antidote to our global crisis, this writing foregrounds conceptual and political discourses that work towards counterhegemonic understandings of bodies, affect, brain activity and relating. Here, we present case studies arising from our ‘Capoeira Lab’ a hybrid laboratory, dance studio and psychotherapeutic space that demonstrates more-than-humanism in action, and what happens when insights from psychotherapy, neuroscience and capoeira are read through one another. To paraphrase Barad (2007), we propose Intra-active Signatures: a distributed and dynamic process between bodies, technology and environments – typified by the capoeira exchange. This more-than-human focus dislocates the centrality of the human and the cognitive bias instead, yielding ecologically renewable and neurodiverse ways human-environment relating and enacting ethical change. Ripples of move- ment in relating evolve micro acts of activism.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 36338
Notes on copyright: Copyright © 2020. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2022 12:58
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2022 04:59
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/36338

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