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Wed 28 Feb 2024
14:00 - 16:00

Venue: Titan Teaching Room 3, New Museums Site

Provided by: Cambridge Research Methods


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An Introduction to Embodied Inquiry

Wed 28 Feb 2024


This short course introduces Embodied Inquiry as a research method interested in knowledge generated through the body, not just knowledge of the body. Embodied Inquiry has gained traction as a creative research method capable of challenging the mind-body split and exploring the possible role of the body in research, both for the researcher and for participants. The course will provide a broad overview of the theoretical grounding for embodied inquiry, what embodied inquiry can look like within the social sciences as well as the benefits and pitfalls of embodied inquiry as a method. In addition, the course will provide opportunities to consider how embodied inquiry might relate to individual’s research projects and identifying where to find out more about embodied inquiry.

Target audience
  • Postgraduate students and staff
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

Attendees should read Thanem, T., & Knights, D. (2019). ‘Introduction’ in Embodied research methods. SAGE Publications, Ltd,


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Wed 28 Feb   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 Titan Teaching Room 3, New Museums Site map Samantha Hulston
Topics covered
  • Varying understandings of the word embodiment
  • What is meant by embodied inquiry
  • The philosophical foundations informing embodied inquiry
  • The positionality of the researcher as embodied
  • Practical methods used within embodied inquiry
  • Connections between embodied inquiry and other methodological perspectives

Learning outcomes: There is no formal assessment associated with this course. It is hoped that by the end of this course attendees will:

  • Have constructed a working definition of embodied inquiry
  • Understand the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of embodied inquiry
  • Be able to reflect upon the possibilities and pitfalls of embodied inquiry
  • Understand if and how their research design relates to Embodied Inquiry
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