Dance as a Gesture

Through February 2, 2018
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Jan. 29

The Center for Gesture, Sign, and Language (CGSL) at the University of Chicago investigates the implications of embodiment in language. One of our current projects aims to stimulate conversation between language, psychology, and the arts by studying the discourse of Indian dance. The many traditions of Indian dance have in common the lexicalization of gesture; that is, the use of specific gestures to transmit specific bits of information, rather like a word in a language (some types of Indian dance reportedly even add grammatical endings to the dance gestures). This rich and multiple tradition deserves exploration, and we will present interim research findings and engage Indian colleagues whose work bears on our major research questions: How is meaning produced by the body? What are the interfaces among physical being, language, and culture that generate meaning? Do gesture and dance emulate the grammars of spoken or signed languages? We look forward to open-ended conversations around these topics at this five-day workshop. 

This event is by invitation only.