WEBINAR: Sensing Culture, Embodying Race: A Sensorial Approach to Intercultural Communication

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Numerous social restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic brought to us the onslaught of sensory deprivation – no more live music, friendly hugs and kisses, live audiences in sports, dining at a restaurant, and socializing without a facemask and appropriate social distance. The series of disruptions to the ways in which we interact with others revealed the foundational nature of our lived embodiment as multisensorial—we feel and sense others in this world. The pandemic has reminded us of the vulnerability of our biological bodies and the sensorial richness of our social bodies. In this session, we explore what it means to understand race and culture from sensorial perspectives. We focus on everyday experiences of felt sensations such as tactility (skin sensation) and kinesthetics (movements, rhythmic attunements) to expand our understanding of race and culture. This webinar was presented May 11, 2022. ABOUT YOUR PRESENTERS Christopher Brown, PhD. is an Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities and Professor of Communication Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His research areas include discourses of white supremacy, race and leadership, and phenomenology of race. Sachi Sekimoto, PhD. is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her scholarship explores the phenomenology of culture, race, identity, and embodiment.

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