Papers & Workshops



Ontological Performance: Embodiment, Experience and Literacy Education


Gayle Morris

NMIT Faculty of Further Education, Preston, Victoria, Australia

Increasingly researchers are paying attention to bodies in Education. In particular how meaning is 'inscribed' on the body by culture, gender, ethnicity and class. As Kohli succinctly states, 'The body is in' (1998:518). Within the second language (ESL Literacy) classroom however, teachers are at best only scratching the 'corporeal' surface. Fed by a limited understanding of their learners as social and cultural beings, teachers often present an impoverished concept of identity and literacy. Placing the body at the centre of an analysis of subjectivity, identity and literacy provokes us to ask different kinds of questions about the self, the individual in relation to others, and literacy as social/cultural practice. Doing so may help us to understand the diversity and complexity of the bodies before us. This paper will begin to explore some of the theoretical implications of such an analysis for adult literacy and offer a starting point in exploring what a pedagogy grounded in the lived experience of adult learners might look like.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Powerpoint