Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
In this encounter, cultural sociologist Gurur Ertem and artist Tom Tlalim bring the discussion to the proposition that our bodies are themselves sites of power. Tlalim looks at how we learn, memorize, and enact in our subject-citizenship in both body and voice: Through moving, exploring and bringing our body into action we can access and evoke memories that otherwise would not have been available, and thus partake in the creation of the state apparatus in a different way. Ertem focuses on vulnerability in dance, underscoring its ethical and political salience. In her reading, vulnerability entails openness to being affected and affecting, as a basis for learning, empathy, connection, and community. It is through vulnerability as a process of exposure to the unfamiliar, uncontrollable, and uncomfortable that one can extend oneself beyond oneself, renouncing barriers.