The phenomenology of human movement
Embodiment and self: A phenomenological study of aesthetic learning processes in sport and dance
The research aims at investigating the phenomenology of human movement and dance in art and education in a psychological, pedagogical and existential perspective with focus on aesthetic learning processes. The existential dimension is related to embodiment and self with special focus on body narratives as a process of becoming and as ways of relating to oneself and to the existential now in that process.
A central issue is the question how we embody self and how we experience and interpret different embodiments and movement cultures. Another important question is how we relate to self and others in aesthetic learning processes. This is a focus that opens into aesthetic practices in movement education and dimensions of human experience as ways of being present.
The study is based on an ongoing field work in varied movement scenarios as dance art, dance in education, sport, play and everyday life. The fieldwork is supported by video documentaries and qualitative in-depth interviews. Analysis and interpretation is based on modern theory of aesthetics, phenomenology and existential psychology.
Head of project: Lis Engel