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Embodied Geographies Symposium

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Lapworth Museum of Geology

University of Birmingham

Birmingham

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In celebration of the Lapworth Museum of Geology’s hosting of the Trowelblazers ‘Raising Horizons’ exhibition of women in archaeology and geoscience, this one day symposium explores embodied academic work and its relationship with the collective academic body.


Why does the body matter in geography, earth and environmental sciences?

What is feminist glaciology? How does public policy work from the nano to body scale, from the local to the global? Who might be socially or physically excluded from fieldwork? How might cities be homophobic? Why are storms often female? Can you ‘touch’ science? Are forests racist?

At first glance these are some very strange questions. But by considering the thinking behind them – how people, places and knowledge are embodied – we can better understand why diversity in science matters, and how fairness and equality can be promoted through the academic workplace.


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As academics, we are socially positioned, gendered, raced and classed in different ways, and we unavoidably bring these embodied positions to our work, workplaces, fieldwork, teaching and research activities.

So too, the histories of our disciplines have been distinctly embodied, and our accepted canons of influential figures have often obscured the contributions of diverse scientists and those people, places and power relations who made that science possible.

The event will examine the embodied and emotional labour involved in academic work, which we often conduct in circumstances not of our own choosing. It will provide a forum for discussions of the body within geography, earth and environmental subjects, considered alongside the activities that the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES), Univesity of Birmingham has been undertaking in the course of its Equality and Diversity and Athena SWAN initiatives.

Panels on research, teaching and early career experiences will advance a research informed perspective on School and University efforts to improve equality and diversity in the context of wider trends in HE. The symposium will deepen awareness within GEES of our E&D activities and will develop new thinking on the existing barriers and routes to inclusiveness in producing academic knowledge, for an external audience.

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