ABBIE GARRINGTON – Touch as Language / Language as Touch | CROSSING BORDERS

8 Nov 2016

Event times

7 - 8.30pm

Cost of entry

Tickets: £6.50 (£5.00 concession) | 3-talk cards: £16.60 (£12.50 concession)

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • By Bus: 1, 35, 40, 45, 63, 68, 100, 133, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 196, 333, 343, 363, 468, P5
  • By Tube: Northern Line (Elephant & Castle), Bakerloo Line (Lambeth North, Elephant & Castle)
  • By Rail: Waterloo Station, Elephant & Castle

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Touch as Language / Language as Touch


Abbie puts forward different tactile 'types' that are worth thinking about for anyone working in somatic practice, drawing on her research into written renderings of sensory experience specifically relating to touch and the haptic. She will look at experiments in language that make it possible to convey tactile experience, and, conversely, what happens when we consider touch and gesture as themselves a kind of language, to consider whether the written word and the danced idea have anything to ‘say’ to one another about touch.

Abbie Garrington is a lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Durham University. Her research interests are centrally concerned with written renderings of sensory experience, primarily those relating to touch and the haptic. Abbie was granted a postdoctoral fellowship at 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.

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Also coming up in the Crossing Borders series:
15 Nov - Lessons with a curious equal | Kirsty AlexanderKathy CrickCharlotte DarbyshireLaura Glaser
22 Nov - Touching the thing that touches you | Charlie Morrissey 
29 Nov - Touching spectators - Spectating touch | Corinne Jola 
6 Dec - Frontiers of Dance and Health | Miranda Tufnell / Knowing Body Network 
13 Dec - Unwrapping d a n s e | Rosalind Crisp


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