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Friday, October 28 • 8:00am - 9:50am
Training Feeling: Re-tuning Collective Improvisations, or Self-Help for Ethnographers

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How does training affect our improvisations as ethnographers? This workshop will take participants through collective improvisations and reflective exercises that work from and extend experiments in cooperative improvisation of ethnographic moments begun in previous CoLED workshops. By examining moments of affective charge emergent in improvisations, we will explore the legacies of training upon our embodied experiences.

Training encompasses the many ways in which we shape our mind-bodies, from sitting in seminars to taking fitness classes to meditating to learning new customs. Participants will be challenged to think about training as a form of design work. When we engage in training exercises, we are engaging in body-design work geared toward an aspirational mode of being in the world. And yet, given that this design work is always happening in relationship to other, the results can be unpredictable and leak into other areas of our being beyond our original intentions.

Trained embodied practices influence the affective flows in our ethnographic encounters. The workshop will help us to think about how our training--conscious and unconscious, formalized or leaky--may be shaping circuits of feeling and being in ethnography. We will begin with a collective improvisational analysis of an ethnographic moment brought in by participants. After this analysis is completed, we will engage in short writing reflections inspired by the activity led by Alan Klima at the CoLED workshop in Davis. Questions around moment of affective charge in the improvisation and its relationship to past regimes of training will guide the reflection. Finally, participants will perform their improvisation again, this time re-tuned around those moments of feeling and their embodied histories.

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Duskin Drum

Ph.D. Candidate in Performance Studies, University of California, Davis
duskin drum is an artist, performer, sailor, and woodsman. At UC Davis, he is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies with emphases in performance practice-as-research, Native American Studies, and Science and Technology Studies. Currently, he is writing a dissertation about petroleum... Read More →
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Joe Dumit

Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis
I study how science and medicine change and how the lives of Americans, including consumers, patients, doctors and scientists also change as the nature of facts and evidence change. My first book, Picturing Personhood: Brains Scans and Biomedical America (Princeton University Press... Read More →
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Sarah Rebolloso McCullough

Associate Director at the Feminist Research Institute, University of California, Davis
Sarah Rebolloso McCullough creates meaningful and respectful dialogue across boundaries that typically divide—between universities and communities, activists and researchers, scientists and humanists, workers and policymakers. Her book manuscript examines how sensations such... Read More →
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Kevin O'Connor

Ph.D. Candidate in Performance Studies, University of California, Davis
Kevin O’Connor, MFA choreography is a Ph.D candidate in performance studies at UC Davis.  He is  multidisciplinary artist working as a choreographer, dancer, improviser, circus artist and installation artist.  He is involved in a decade long artistic collaboration with Ruth Douthwright... Read More →

Friday October 28, 2016 8:00am - 9:50am PDT
MCC 140 Black Box Studio