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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

The Life of Voices: Embodied Subjectivity and Dialogue: Locating Bodies and Subjects

B. Hannah Rockwell.

The embodied nature of human existence and the speaking subject’s specific relation to discourse through actual lived practice reveals how embodiment functions as a site of resistance and working consciousness. Drawing on Mikhail Bakhtin’s philosophy of dialogue and Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of the body, the ways that the body works in and through discourse is demonstrated. The author reveals how bodies function as a home for everything experienced by human subjects by demonstrating several ways that expression, embodiment and sociality are interarticulated as emergent sites of deeply social consciousness. Bodies function as memory sites, as a material basis of symbolic orders, as limbs of particular social bodies, and as sentient resources for the demarcation of social values.


B. Hannah Rockwell  (United States)
Associate Professor
Department of Communication
Loyola University Chicago

Hannah Rockwell is Associate Professor of Communication, former Director of Peace Studies and former Ethics Fellow at Loyola University Chicago. Her published research focuses on theories of language, performativity and embodiment. Her forthcoming book is entitled, The Life of Voices: Embodied Subjectivity and Dialogue (Lawrence Erlbaum, Publishers).

  • Embodiment
  • Language
  • Subjectivity
  • Social Structure
  • Performativity
  • Feeling

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)