Research

The research group “Body and Textuality” (2014SGR-1316), of the Department of Spanish Philology at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), constituted itself like an emergent group in 2005, directed by Dr. Meri Torras. During this time it was the recipient of a financed project by the Ministry of Education and Science, MEC (HUM2005-4159), and also had five pre-doctoral scholarships (AGAUR, MEC, UAB). Since its foundation and until today, researchers from Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Barcelona, University of Valencia, University of Lleida, University of Vic and John Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD, USA) have been part of it.

“Body and Textuality” is the result of a trajectory that begins in 1995 with the group “Women and Textuality” of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, co-directed by Drs. Carme Riera and Meri Torras. “Women and Textuality” was supported, in part, by a project financed by MEC (“Study of the representation of the woman in Hispanic modernity”), from 1997 to 2002.

The interdisciplinary approaches, mostly organized around topics like the body, identity, gender, sexuality and cultural representation, have been expressed in the editions published by the group, using a comparative methodology characteristic of Cultural Studies. Significative examples of such publications are the monography Corporizar el pensamiento (Vilagarcía de Arousa: Mirabel, 2006) and Representacions artístiques de la memòria històrica de les dones (2011); also dossier “Cuerpo y cultura popular” in Lectora and “Pensar desde el cuerpo”, dossier of de journal Debats (2011) and the volumes Cuerpo e identidad (Bellaterra: edicions UAB, 2007). Revista de dones i Textualitat (11, 2005) and volumes like Cuerpo e identidad (Bellaterra: Edicions UAB, 2007) and Género y cultura popular (Bellaterra: edicions UAB, 2008), as part of the collection Discursos, impelled by our own group, and conceived as a didactic tool of support for teaching, within the framework of postgraduate studies. Since 2009, he has published the following titles in the collection itself Cuerpos que cuentan: Escribir con el cuerpo. Beatriz Ferrús y Núria Calafell (eds., 2009); A Body That Could Never Rest. Relaciones entre cuerpo y cultura en las tradiciones anglófonas. Féliz Ernesto Chávez y Diego Falconí (eds., 2009); Pasen y vean. Estudios culturales. Isabel Clúa y Pau Pitarch (ed., 2009); Encarna(c)ciones. Teorías de los cuerpos. Meri Torras y Noemí Acedo (eds., 2009); El cuerpo del significante. La literatura contemporánea desde las teorías corporales. Diego Falconí y Noemí Acedo (eds., 2011); La piel en la palestra. Estudios corporales II. Alba Del Pozo y Alba Serrano (eds., 2011); El cuerpo en mente. Versiones del ser desde el pensamiento contemporáneo. Aina Pérez y Mireia Calafell (eds., 2011); A flor de text. Representacions de la corporeïtat als llenguatges artístics. Noemí Acedo i Aina Pérez (eds., 2011); Accions i reinvencions. Cultures lèsbiques a la Catalunya del tombant de segle XX-XXI. Meri Torras (ed., 2011).

The group has also Texts body (Textos del cuerpo) collection in which were published the following titles published with Sehen: Cuerpos desordenados, by Rafael M. Mérida Jiménez; Deseos, cuerpos y ciudades, by José Miguel G. Cortés; Transformaciones corporales: la etnocirugía, by Elsa Muñiz; El otro de sí mismo. Por una ética desde el cuerpo, by Joan-Carles Mèlich; Cuerpos sexuados, cuerpos de (re)producción, by Patricia Mayayo (2011); Cos textual-sexual. Inscripcions del desig lèsbic a la poesia espanyola contemporània/ Cuerpo textual-sexual. Inscripciones del deseo lésbico en la poesía española contemporánea, by Elena Castro (2011); Desafíos a la heterosexualidad obligatoria, by Sara Martín Alegre (2011); La carn i la metàfora. Una reflexió sobre el cos en la teoria queer, by Gerard Coll-Planas (2011); Transsexualitats. Altres mirades possibles, by Miquel Missé (2012); Las entrañas del sujeto jurídico. Un diálogo entre la literatura y el derecho, by Diego Falconí Trávez (2012).

The vast experience in the organization of seminaries and congresses by the members of our group goes back to the year 2000, with the International Congress “Mujeres y Textualidad. Perversas y divinas: artistas, viajeras, musas, hetairas, cyborgs y demás. (La representación de la mujer en las literaturas hispánicas: el fin de pasado y/o el fin de milenio)”. Since then, there has been a continuous trend of work. In addition, we include important events like the Seminary of Comparative Studies: “Tecnologies i posthumanitat. L’artificialitat de l’ésser” (2002); II Internacional Conference “Dones i Textualitat. Els hàbits del desig” (2004); the Seminary “Corporitzar el pensament: cossos, gèneres, tecnologies” (2005); First Internacional Conference “Cuerpos que cuentan. Prácticas, discursos, miradas” (2007); “Feminario Maria Mercè Marçal” (2008) and “Seminario con Flavia Company” (2008). Furthermore, we have scheduled the Seminary “Corpografies. Diàlegs interdisciplinaris al voltant del cos”, for November 2008. And II Congress Internacional Los Textos del Cuerpo: producciones discrusivas sexuadas (2010), I Coloquio Internacional Le courps en jeu/El cuerpo en juego (Universidad Tolouse Le mirail, 2011), XXI Congress Anual de la AILCF, Inhabiting Gender/Habitar el género (2011, Universitat de Barcelon), and IV Jornades Marçal (2012), and I editing the International Colloquium “Analizando el cuerpo: vigencia política del psicoanálisis» (2012).

Among the seminars organized by the group, highlight the Feminario Maria Mercè Marçal (2008) and the Seminario con Flavia Company (2008), Fronteras del género (2010), El cuerpo en la letra. representaciones de la tortura y la represión (2010), Bolaño íntimo (Casa Amèrica de Catalunya (2011), Seminario with Jean-Luc Nancy “Cómo escribe un cuerpo?” (2011) and the Jornadas Internacionales “Cuerpo, memoria y representación. Diálogo con Judith Butler y Adriana Cavarero” (2011), Seminario Lecturas Compartidas: grupo de investigación y taller feminista (2009, 2010 y 2011), Seminario “Sexualitat i afectivitat: una mirada integradora (2011), and the Seminario La realidad de América Latina a través de la representación literaria (2011). Notably the seminar Corpografías celebrate in the Hangar and the Centre Cívic Pati Llimona, and must take into account the following issues: Corpografías. Diálogos Interdisciplinarios alrededor del cuerpo (2008) y Corpografías II: género, alteridad y diferencia (2010), Corpografías III: Sexualidades posibles, deseos distintos (2011) and Corpografías IV: Representar la frontera: cuerpo, género e inmigración (abril de 2012).

Also include summer courses organized at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (“Escrituras, cuerpos y género en Latinoamérica”, 2010; “Del atributo a la acción: los relatos del cuerpo”, 2011; “Representaciones corporales de la subjetividad”, 2012), la Universitat de les Illes Balears (“Poéticas del cuerpo: Materializaciones del cuerpo en los lenguajes artísticos”, 2010) and the Centre Cívic Pati Llimona (“Representaciones corporales de la subjetividad”, 2011).

Apart from the conferences, seminaries and/or symposiums presents in CVs, the group has presented/displayed the results of the investigation in XII Congress on Artistic Discourse “Literaturas Comparadas: teorías, métodos y aplicaciones”, held in the University of Oviedo (2006), where our group organized a work table on the comparative approach in the studies of the corporal textualities. Moreover, the group attended “Congreso Internacional Interdisciplinario. Discurso sobre fronteras, fronteras del discurso: literatura, pensamiento y cultura del ámbito ibérico e iberoamericano” at Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza (Poznán, Poland, 2007), and the “Coloquio Espacio y Tiempo”, at University of Brno (Czech Republic, 2008) and the 53 International Congress de Americanistas (México, 2009) with the panel Disciplinas, discursos y prácticas corporales: una mirada a la construcción cultural de los cuerpos y las identidades, and and in the International Colloquium Leer Latinoamérica hoy: ¿una descolonización imposible? Desafíos de poscolonialidad, otredad, representación y subalternidad (UAB, 2011).

Additionally, our group has been a member and collaborator of seminaries organized by MACBA (Barcelona), which had included figures like Donna Haraway (2006), Gayatri Spivak (2006) and Judith Butler (2007, 2011), Adriana Cavarero (2011), Joan Copjec (2012) y Alenka Zupancic (2012) intellectuals of great prestige on the group’s area of work.

Currently and with the collaboration of Dr. Elsa Muñiz (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana de México), the group is working on the panel “Disciplinas, discursos y prácticas corporales: una mirada a la construcción cultural de los cuerpos y las identidades”, in which academics from eight different universities participated (from Spain, Argentina and Mexico). The panel will be part of the 53º Congreso Internacional de Americanistas, which will take place in Mexico City, from July 19 to 24, 2009.

Regarding teaching activities, the members of “Body and Textuality” are involved in graduate and postgraduate degrees, where they teach classes and workshops regularly in the Official Masters in Comparative Literature: Literary and Cultural Studies (UAB), and the Official Master in Women Studies, Gender and Citizenship, offered by the Interuniversity Institute for the Study of Women and Gender (Institut Interuniversitari en Estudis de Dones i Gènere, iiEDG). The members direct and tutor research works of theoretical approaches, critical to understanding the history of thought and the arts. In addition, the focuses on the analysis of how different discourses are part of the power over/in the bodies, and how these configure them: from sexuality to medicine; from mass media to education.

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