April 2-3, 2015

Bodies and Boundries

This two-day mini-conference will brought together researchers, policy makers, and activists from top East-Coast educational and policy-influencing institutions to examine the different ways that human bodies interact with and exceed boundaries.

People constantly move throughout... walking, biking, driving, or taking transit. Yet a variety of hidden boundaries such as laws, urban design, and physical limitations shape how we move about the urban space. This engaging discussion focused on rethinking how individuals move through cities.  


Thursday, April 2, 2015
Workshop Schedule


Documentary Screening, Panel Discussion, Reception

Through a focus on transportation systems, especially bicycling and walking, this session explores the ongoing tensions inherent in planning the urban boundaries that shape everyday life as people move into and out of the city. The session will begin with a short documentary film, Every Speed, Lindsey Martin and Julia Fuller, which examines the interaction between human bodies and urban space.

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Every Speed

Every Speed is an experimental short documentary that looks at the meaning of movement for people with and without physical disabilities - both in terms of design and accessibility of cities and transportation as well as personal experiences of movement - in the context of a culture that places value on independence, speed, and physical ability. Written by Julia Fuller.
 

Friday, April 3, 2015
Workshop Schedule

 


The Human Body and the Urban Plan

The first workshop continues the theme from the Thursday night session, considering the pivotal role of the urban spatial plan in promoting or undermining human bodily health. Examples include the development of the nineteenth century and twentieth century city plan as a political and public health response to cholera and malaria epidemics; the implication of suburban spatial planning in obesity and depression; and the urban cordon-sanitaire and spatial lockdowns of slum precincts as an attempt to contain west African Ebola outbreaks.

Technological Bodies, Between Physiological and Psychological Boundaries

How does one measure and draw boundaries around an idea? What happens when on-the-ground reality necessitates action by exceeding the boundaries imposed by ideas? The second mini-workshop builds on the social “idea” and physiological reality of hunger to explore the way that concepts are bounded and implicated in public and private action.  

Odorific Borders

The final mini-workshop investigates the ways that sensorial knowledge such as tasting and smelling complicate public health discourse. Building on a case study of the recent water contamination crisis in West Virginia, this section of the workshop examines how human sensorial knowledge bounds public health discourse, complicating the relationship between scientist, regulator, and consumer.

The conference goal was to better understanding how human life is shaped and transformed by the real and imagined boundaries around them, while providing a forum for public outreach and engagement with policy making.  

Guest Speakers

Kim Fortun

Kim Fortun

Victoria Kiechel

Victoria Kiechel

Kim Lucas

Kim Lucas

Phil Olson

Phil Olson

Gabe Rousseau

Gabe Rousseau

Frank Snowden

Frank Snowden

Alexander Justice Moore

Alexander Justice Moore

Jody Roberts

Jody Roberts

Christy Spackman

Christy Spackman

Luke Stark

Luke Stark