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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/31817

Title: M/othering a bodied curriculum
Authors: Springgay, Stephanie
Freedman, Debra
Keywords: curriculum theory
feminist theory
maternal subject
embodiment
contemporary art
relational aesthetics
touch
relationality
Issue Date: Sep-2009
Publisher: Foundation for Curriculum Theory
Citation: Springgay, S., & Freedman, D. (2009). M/othering a bodied curriculum. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 25 (2), 25-37.
Abstract: A bodied curriculum attends to the relational, social, and ethical implications of "being-with" other bodies differently and to the different knowledges such bodily encounters produce. It is a practice of being oriented to others, to touch, to reflect, and to dwell with others relationally. In this paper we re-conceptualize m/othering as a bodied curriculum opening up maternity to the in-between of corporeality, materiality, and difference. In doing so, we locate our arguments in the work of contemporary visual artist Diane Borsato, in order to develop the theoretical constructs of "touch" and "being-with." From here, we extend such understandings of relationality to a bodied curriculum and in particular attend to the ethical implications of teaching and learning "with" others. In our third and concluding section, we return to earlier deliberations on mothering as performative and suggest that a (post) reconceptualization of curriculum requires an openness to the un/thought and a process of becoming that is always incomplete.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/31817
ISSN: 1942-2563
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