In this talk Dr. Abbie Garrington explores the relationship of touch, identity and language as they might relate to dance practice. The talk references haptics, mountaineering, the relationship of mental health and sensory experiences, and the early 20th-century interest in tactile experience, including the Manifesto of Tactilism.
This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2016 and was presented in partnership with London Contemporary Dance School.
The Manifesto of Tactilism by F.T. Marinetti
Dr. Abbie Garrington is an Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature at Durham. Her research interests lie primarily in the modernist period, with particular expertise in literature’s rendering of tactile experience and wider cultures of touch in the early twentieth century, and in modernist writing’s engagement with mountain landscapes and the figure of the mountaineer up to and including the Second World War. Broadly, I investigate language’s capacities and limitations when addressing the adventures of the human body. I completed my studies at the University of Edinburgh, with a short break pre-PhD, working full time as a journalist. I was granted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (Edinburgh), and held a permanent lectureship in modernist literature at Newcastle University (including a Leverhulme Research Fellowship) before joining Durham in early 2015.
As published in 2016.