Eastern ARC Embodied research Speed Dating event

Thursday, May 27 2021, 16-18:00 via Zoom

As part of the EARC Culture, Connection and Creativity theme, the Kent Embodied REsearch Collective is hosting a virtual “speed dating” event between 16:00-18:00 on 27 May to bring colleagues together to explore the potential for embodied practices and research methods. Embodied research takes many forms across the disciplines, and cross-disciplinary dialogue can lead to exciting and valuable new collaborations, which KERC and the Eastern ARC aim to foster.

At the event, participants will have a chance to talk individually in breakout rooms. Each conversation, which will last no more than five minutes, will be an opportunity to exchange details of your interests and project plans, and all participants will be able to meet all others in the rotation. Following the event, mutual ‘likes’ will be collated by the host and participants will be contacted with their potential matches.

The event is free and open to all. However, a maximum of 14 participants can take part, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To register, click here. If you want more information, contact Dr Freya Vass (Lead for KERC)


Past events

Kent Embodied Research Collective launch event

What I Mean When I Talk About Embodied Research

Tuesday February 4 2020, 17:00-19:00

Grimond Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent

Join KERC members from the School of Arts, School of Psychology, School of Engineering and Digital Arts, and School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research at our inaugural roundtable event as we share research perspectives and practices from across the disciplines. Meet and network with others at the reception to follow.

This event is free. Please register at


Embodied Research training

Making a Laboratory: Theory and Practice of Embodied Research

Monday February 24 2020, 10:00-15:00

Jarman Building, University of Kent

This workshop with Dr Ben Spatz (Huddersfield) explores the application of practice research methods from theatre and dance to other fields — such as anthropology, psychology, engineering, and social work — and demonstrates how dynamics of embodied exchange that have been developed for many years in the performing arts can be used to structure rigorous research methods that may extend far beyond those contexts.

Specifically, this workshop introduces a new audiovisual embodied research method that is designed to unfold and trace radically diverse types of knowledge through the generation of a new type of video data. Participants will explore the basic elements of the method “Dynamic Configurations with Transversal Video” (DCTV), including the distribution and circulation of roles and powers; the feedback loop between lab design and experimental moment; and the analysis of richly open-ended video material. In addition to practical experience of the new research method in its most basic form, the workshop will include a multimedia presentation, showcasing video works created with this method during the 2017 AHRC-funded Judaica Project lab and introducing the videographic Journal of Embodied Research. We will also look at how the DCTV method can be implemented at a larger scale, through sustained experimentation in a rigorously structured but post-scientific laboratory, and consider its implications for the nature of laboratoriality itself.

Lunch will be provided (12:00-13:00). Suggested workshop contribution: £8.00.

Ben Spatz is a nonbinary researcher and theorist of embodied practice. They are Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield, UK, and the author of What a Body Can Do (Routledge 2015), Blue Sky Body (Routledge 2020), and Making a Laboratory (Punctum 2020), as well as editor of the videographic Journal of Embodied Research and co-convener of the Embodied Research Working Group. Ben has more than two decades of experience as a performer and director of contemporary performance, working mainly in New York City from 2001 to 2013, and is now an internationally recognized leader in embodied research methods, having presented at nearly thirty institutions in more than ten countries over the past five years. For more information, please

Lunch will be provided (12:00-13:00). Suggested workshop contribution: £8.00.

Please register at


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