The research project Bodies in War, Bodies in Dance: Rhythm, Performance and Emotions in Finnish Military Training and Capoeira for Refugees examines the nexus between militarisation, movement, and social emotions. The research asks, how do choreography, rhythm and synchronised movement affect the emotions of compassion, shame and pride in Finnish international crisis management training and capoeira training at refugee camps.
The project analyses through observation and interviews how feelings of belonging are facilitated by collective motor actions in people touched by war. By analysing the interlinkages between body, brain and society, the project contributes to establishing a research field of politics of movement, as an intersection between dance studies and political science. The societal aim is to raise awareness of the corporeal and emotional aspects of militarisation and help develop movement pedagogies which are socially, culturally and politically more sustainable.
Autopsy of a militarized body: introducing the short documentary Nothing too Bad, Critical Military Studies, 5:1, 89-93.
Synching the martial body: poetic encounters with Finnish cadets, Critical Military Studies, 2020
Contact information for the project
- Part-time teacher, Tanssinopettajan maisteriohjelma, Theatre Academy
Adjunct Professor, Tutkimus Teatterikorkeakoulu, Theatre Academy
Bodies in war, Bodies in Dance
Academy of Finland