Intra-active signatures in Capoeira: more-than-human pathways towards activism

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Allegranti, B. and Silas, J. 2021. Intra-active signatures in Capoeira: more-than-human pathways towards activism. Emotion, Space and Society. 38, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2020.100747
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TitleIntra-active signatures in Capoeira: more-than-human pathways towards activism
AuthorsAllegranti, B. and Silas, J.
Abstract

This paper is informed by interdisciplinary research, practice and activism (Allegranti and Silas 2014; 2016, 2017) combining dance movement psychotherapy, cognitive neuroscience and the Afro-Brazilian art of Capoeira. Framed by feminist new materialism and posthumanism (Manning 2013; Harraway 2012; Barad 2007), and as an antidote to our global crisis, this writing foregrounds conceptual and political discourses that work towards counterhegemonic understandings of bodies, affect, brain activity and relating. Here, we present case studies arising from our ‘Capoeira Lab’ a hybrid laboratory, dance studio and psychotherapeutic space that demonstrates more-than-humanism in action, and what happens when insights from psychotherapy, neuroscience and capoeira are read through one another. To paraphrase Barad (2007), we propose Intra-active Signatures: a distributed and dynamic process between bodies, technology and environments – typified by the capoeira exchange. This more-than-human focus dislocates the centrality of the human and the cognitive bias instead, yielding ecologically renewable and neurodiverse ways human-environment relating and enacting ethical change. Ripples of move- ment in relating evolve micro acts of activism.

Sustainable Development Goals5 Gender equality
Middlesex University ThemeHealth & Wellbeing
LanguageEnglish
PublisherElsevier
JournalEmotion, Space and Society
ISSN1755-4586
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Online01 Dec 2020
Print28 Feb 2021
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Deposited30 Sep 2022
Submitted12 May 2020
Accepted28 Oct 2020
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2020.100747
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