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Embodiments of Truth? An Intersectional Approach

14. Jul 2022 - 15. Jul 2022
Forschungsgruppe "Praxeologien der Wahrheit"
Event type
public (with CfP)

This workshop is convened by the research group “Praxeologies of Truth.”

This workshop is convened by the research group “Praxeologies of Truth.” We regard truth as a performative and as a social operator, observable in scenarios that foreground the embodied relationalities of a set of actors and their communicative practices. The workshop seeks to examine the concrete roles ascribed to and enacted by human bodies in truth performances. How do bodies participate in evocations of truth including its rejection or acceptance? How do they partake in and interact with scenarios of truth? Can any person with any body perform a figure of truth (judge, witness, priest, translator, etc.), or would particular ascriptions to their bodies hinder them from fulfilling that role? 

With performance theorists, such as Judith Butler and Diana Taylor, we assume that bodies always already perform and are read through lenses of race, class, and gender. We are interested in how these categories and their intersections affect performances of truth. How do e.g. gendered or racialized bodies affect the legibility of truthfulness of human bodies? In which scenarios do which bodies emerge as signifiers of truthfulness? Which spaces (technologies, media) render bodies not only racialized (see Sara Ahmed) or gendered, but also as conveyors of truth? In short, the workshop is invested in exploring the various practices through which truth becomes embodied.

The interdisciplinary workshop seeks to bring a variety of perspectives on truth and bodies into conversation, we invite papers from the fields of literature, history, philosophy, gender studies, psychology, and sociology to contribute to our discussion on embodied truths. Topics may range from exploring space and bodies of truth, identity politics and truth, epistemic injustice and/or violence and truth, to conspiracy theories and race/gender/sexuality/class, or alternative conceptions of truth.

We hope to hold the workshop in person in Erfurt with a hybrid online option. If continued pandemic circumstances prevent us from meeting in person, the workshop will take place online.

Conference Organizers:
Research Group “Praxeologies of Truth,” Bernhard Kleeberg, Ilka Saal, Antonia Purk




Thursday, 14  July

  • 1.30 – 2 pm Bernhard Kleeberg, Ilka Saal, Antonia Purk (Erfurt): Welcome and Introduction
  • 2 – 3.30 pm
    • Cécile Stehrenberger (Wuppertal): Doing Truth and Trust in Human Science Disaster Knowledge Production. An Intersectional Analysis
    • Juliane Gamböck-Strätz (Mannheim): Thresholds to a New Order? Laboring Bodies in Contemporary US-American Novel
  • 4 – 5.30 pm
    • Dana Mahr (Genf): Our Digital Bodies, Our Digital Selves? Historicizing Radical Feminist Epistemologies of the Present
    • Annika Thiem (Tübingen): Resisting Colonial Patriarchal Silencing: Women’s Truth and Epistemic Injustice in Nora Okja Keller’s Comfort Woman
  • 6 – 7 pm Harald Wiester (Berlin), Sebastian Justke (Hamburg), Bernhard Kleeberg (Erfurt): Podiumsdiskussion zur Wahrheitsfigur des ‚Betroffenen‘

Friday, 15 July

  • 9.30 – 11 am
    • Anna Staab (Friedrichshafen): Relational Embodiments: Florian Fischers Kroniek
    • Caroline Keller (Berlin): Hungerkünstlerinnen. Der geschlechtliche Körper als Wahrheitsinstrument
  • 11.15 – 12.45 am
    • Max Rosenzweig (Erfurt): Navigating the Space Between Speaking One’s Own Truth and Group Representation in Autobiographical Writing – Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House
    • Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky (München): Trans* - Truth(s)? Aufregungen, Erregungen, Anregungen in den Verhandlungen rund um die ‚körperliche Wahrheit‘ des Geschlechts

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