Knowing Bodies: The role of the moving body in thinking and learning
"With thoughts about the body, the body always forces us to think farther, always too far: too far to carry on as thought, but never far enough to become body" (Jean Luc Nancy, Corpus, 2008: p. 37)
About the project
The Knowing Bodies project focuses on the role of the body and the emotions in thinking and learning across a range of scholar, informal, and professional settings. Those settings include design work, training in aviation, professional software development, science and mathematics teaching-learning, as well as after-school settings. The project examines cognitive topics typically treated as individual from a praxeological perspective that considers bodily, social, pragmatic and emotional aspects as being central to the intellect. Those cognitive topics include remembering, transfer, inference, and situational awareness, among others. By taking situated social praxis as the primary phenomenon of interest (and not individuals' private minds), the project offers empirical tutorials of diverse ways in which the body and the cultural materials involved in diverse practices become intertwined in human culture, thinking, and feeling. Precisely because of the praxeological nature of the investigations, findings from the Knowing Bodies project contribute not only to a deeper understanding of the role of the body and the emotions in knowing, but also to devise better/different ways to carry on actual professional and educational practices.
The research project, titled Knowing Bodies, is Co-funded by the Norwegian Research Council and the European Commission's Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions program.
- Alfredo Jornet (University of Oslo) is licentiate in psychology by the University of Valencia (Spain) and has a PhD in educational sciences from the University of Oslo (Norway).