Embodied bordering – Crossing over, protecting, and neighboring


Growing as one academic body,

Different organs / supporting / enabling each other / in unison.

Drawing, breaching, maintaining borders.

Separating / neighboring / living-together-with.

The sensing body / absorbed in the already existing / long before this academic body.

Reaching out / over the borders / to make a difference.

/ Bordering. /

Aims of research

To explore how our body movements express the embodied entanglement of our bodies with societal norms and current structures. To think through examples of how our bodies are constantly becoming through breaking and maintaining those structures.

Principal research question(s)

How to act differently in relation to prevailing, embodied power relations, particularly those surrounding ecology, inequality, othering, responsibility, self-preservation, and collectivity?

Principal findings

The examples in our chapter showed some angle of how thinking–feeling–moving–sensing are tied together and how tuning into these experiences was already the beginning of a transformation in our thinking. In our moments of realisation, we all learned something about ourselves and our habitual ways of relating within our connections to the broader structures of our cultural environment and about the ways those structures emerged in our bodies. Our chapter highlights the importance of the self-reflective recognition of how the norms of our culture and acceptable ways of behaving were expressed in our bodily practices in order to guide our own transformative body movements in a more sustainable direction with respect to others.

Research Collaborators​
Pikka-Maaria Laine, Susan Meriläinen, Joonas Vola
Nature of data collection
Autoethnography, participant observation
Research design
Qualitative, post-qualitative, case study
Registered Academic Institution
University of Lapland
Academic level of research