PD Dr. Sabine C. Koch, Universität Heidelberg  |    Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Fuchs, Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik Heidelberg   |   Prof.Dr.Cornelia Müller, Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder


Körpersprache von Tanz und Bewegung

Bedeutungsemergenz, Versprachlichung und therapeutische Nutzung

BMBF-Förderrichtlinie "Übersetzungsfunktion der Geisteswissenschaften"


31.03. - 02.04.11
"Leibgedächtnis und Therapie"
Cenference in Heidelberg







Project description

Body language of movement and dance:

Emergence of meaning, 'languageing' and therapeutical application

The aim of the whole project is to examine the translational processes between human movement, meaning, language and healing linking cognitive-linguistic, psychological and phenomenological methods. The project focuses on multimodal metaphors of movement in everyday life and clinical contexts, the “languaging” of "embodied experiences" and body memory.

Research Plan
First, audiovisual data from the areas of dance and dance therapy are gathered in order to investigate the meaning and verbalization of movement. Then, the relation of verbalized and moved meaning is examined with observational methods, and connections are made to body memory. Simultaneously, body memory will be investigated for a phenomenological, a psychological (qualitatively and quantitatively) and cognitive linguistics perspective. 


Project Parts

  1. Investigation of the "languagability” and communicability of embodied experiences (Koch/Müller/Fuchs)
  2. Investigation of multimodal metaphors in dance courses and movement therapy (Müller/Koch)
  3. Investigations of body memories and verbalization in the context of movement therapy and education. Investigation of the implications of movement feedback for cognition and affect, and the relation and inter­fe­rences of verbalized and moved meaning (congruence or independence)? (Fuchs/Koch)
  4. In the applied context: Implications for clinical treatment with dance/movement therapy in the context of arts therapies and body psychotherapies (Koch/Fuchs) as well as teaching of dance (Müller) and their academic training.

Research Objectives
The project sets out to investigate the multiple translational relations between language, movement and meaning on the background of body memory. In the course of the project, the knowledge about body language of movement and dance will be differentiated and integrated. Theoretical goals are the advancement of a theory of language and embodiment approaches. Methodological objectives are to integrate phenomenological, psychological and cognitive-linguistic methods in joint analyses. The results will be of direct use to the applied therapeutic field and training contexts.


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