Key words: Bodies, feeling practices, sensitivities, body techniques, skills, drawing, anthropology, artistic research
Ulrike Scholtes is social scientist and artistic researcher studying practices in which bodies train to feel. After finishing her studies in arts education in Maastricht and Anthropology in Amsterdam, she studied somatic practices in Europe and Asia - such as somatic movement, yoga, pilates, butoh dance, mime, Laban Movement Analyses, various massage techniques - and became a practitioner and teacher. She conducts her PhD research on practices in which people learn to become sensitive at the UvA Anthropology Department (AISSR) and at the Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and Public Sphere.
Deriving from a background in arts, anthropology and movement practices, Ulrike Scholtes conducts her PhD research on bodily practices in which sensitivity is learned and trained. As a practitioner, she teaches courses in body awareness, yoga, Pilates and somatic movement and work as a massage therapist and somatic coach. As an anthropologist she denaturalizes feeling bodies, showing that feeling is not something one naturally has, but something that is done, learned and practiced in specific socio-material settings. As an artistic researcher, she articulates the tacit or implicit knowledges produced and transmitted in these practices. In the process of this research - in which each mode of engaging and “knowing” bodies constantly informs the other – she challenges sharp divisions between practice and theory, sensitivity and knowledge, artistic and scientific, and feeling and thinking.
Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR): https://aissr.uva.nl
Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and Public Sphere (AOK): http://lectoraataok.nl
Personal website: www.ulrikescholtes.de
Artistic Research at Toneel Academie Maastricht
Short Intensive Courses for AISSR PhD students in body awareness for social scientists; e.g. “Sensitivities at (field)work”