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Research areas

With research approaches primarily in the humanities, MoCS contributes to phenomenological clarifications and understandings of the fundamental importance of movement to embodiment, consciousness and interpersonal relationships. 

With cultural theoretical approaches, work is carried out using critical analysis of current movement cultures and health understandings. Some of these analyses include historical-sociological approaches.

Movement practices and topics of resent and current research:

  • Play and new forms of movement - e.g. parkour, street sports, fitness trends, Natural Movement, contemporary circus and eSports.
  • Movement practices that have awareness-explorational approaches - e.g. tai-chi, aikido, mindfulness and yoga.
  • Improvisation – particularly dance improvisation
  • Affectivity and movement practicing
  • Critical cultural analysis and historical-sociological analyses of various movement practices as well as understandings of body and health.
  • Philosophical phenomenological clarifications concerning self-awareness, agency and interaction, respectively.

MoCS critically addresses understandings of movement, bodies and interaction by investigating skilled performance, improvisation processes, playfulness and interactivity in established, emerging movement forms and practices and health related issues.

MoCS researchers ask questions such as:

  • What is improvisation? How can practitioners train improvisation as a competence of not-being-in-control?
  • How do we understand the bodily engagement in esport? What is a virtual body? and what might we learn from the expertise of esports players?
  • How does the practice of street sport affect practitioners’ perception of urban spaces?
  • How does the socio-cultural context of street sports affect the way they are practiced, institutionalized and understood?
  • How can one be a relational expert? And how is such kind of expertise used in dance and music therapy?
  • Why are people attracted to sports that inflict pain and injury such as MMA, boxing or Muay Thai?
  • What is a mindful dancing body – and how can such kind of embodied involvement add to our understanding of wellbeing and sense of self?
  • How the physicality of the body can be present to our awareness when engaged in sport or dance?