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Movement, Culture and Society

The research unit MOVEMENT, CULTURE and SOCIETY (MoCS) is based in the humanities and social sciences.

MOVEMENT is at the heart of the unit's research and understanding of human life, and fundamental to MoCS’ work are the different kinds of practices and relationships which ground CULTURAL and SOCIAL aspects of our lives.

MoCS conducts research on and with the practices and experiences of people based on empirical approaches to the analysing of different forms of movement.

Phenomenology grounds MoCS’ investigation of how different movement forms co-determine our interactions and experience of meaning and interdependence. From there, MoCS develops interdisciplinary methodologies that cross-fertilize with phenomenology, cultural analysis and ethnography.

MoCS contributes:

  • Research-based teaching and education from Bachelor level to the level of PhD courses – in, especially, phenomenology; Interdisciplinary methodologies combining phenomenology and qualitative research; Cultural-analysis.
  • Practice based approaches to generating learning insights in higher education – in the practices of, between others, acrobatics and tumbling; dance activities; and martial arts.
  • Insights and knowledge about cultural development and processes of change. Importantly MoCS also brings phenomenological insights and clarity on the body as lived, consciousness as an embodied, embedded, emplaced and enacted matter of being in the world.
  • Strategic and application-oriented research in relation to, for example, handling hooliganism, evaluating and advising community dance projects and training programs for patients with low back pain.

The research unit is headed by professor Susanne Ravn.

Susanne Ravn