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Call for applications: the question of “bodies”

Send us your ideas and your arguments before August 2nd.

Bodily autonomy is under attack, especially in the United States – since the end of deer and its concomitant attacks on reproductive freedoms, to punitive laws criminalizing health care for transgender youth, to relentless gun violence. Not only does this trauma reverberate through our communities, it also impacts our relationships with one another, dampening the hopes we have for the future and our ability to design, let alone implement, transformational solutions.

At this stage of advanced racialized capitalism, it is clear that institutions will not save us. But rather than succumbing to despair or resorting to individualism, we see another way. We believe that community care, collective action, and radical acceptance—such as that long modeled by Indigenous communities, Black and Brown communities, and communities of people with disabilities and people of stature—offer an alternative path to healing. on an individual, collective and even environmental level. level.

“Bodies,” the theme of our Winter 2023 issue, will explore the ways our bodies, literally and metaphorically, can provide avenues for resilience, healing, community cohesion, and societal transformation. Our conception of the body is not limited to the physical body, but rather includes the bodies of which we are also a part: our communities, our body politic (local, national and global) and our planet. The question of “bodies” begins with the understanding that we are interdependent, that none of us leads a single-issue life, and that attacks on any of our personal, political, or planetary bodies are a threat to us all. .

But how do you build embodied community in an age of ever-increasing isolation and polarization? Many of us live less in the physical community than ever before, and technological forces, from artificial intelligence to “metaverse,” continue to pull us deeper into isolation and alternate realities, where our opportunities to cultivate community are virtually non-existent. And where do we draw the line between our bodies as avenues of resistance and regeneration, and the cultural tendency to believe that we must carry our burdens alone, lest we overburden others? In the absence of systemic or institutional support, which communities have already modeled the kind of collective care that could help us chart a course towards a more just, compassionate, equitable and sustainable world?

We are looking for solutions in this issue that include individual practices, like embodiment, that help ground us in our sense of self and connection to our time and place, and solutions that can leverage our bodies – both individual and collective – in the service of political and cultural change. We know our bodies are porous, so some questions we consider include:

How do we balance our ability to absorb trauma, pain, and abuse with our need for rest, healing, and restoration?

What do indigenous cultures have to say about the relationship between the individual body and the collective, communal?

What can we learn from Elders about healing generational trauma, about resilience, about perspective?

Where does individual freedom and autonomy intersect with collective liberation?

We would like compelling, layered stories on these topics. Who does this work in your communities? Send us your leads and pitches for stories about initiatives, groups and movements that are transforming the way we relate to our bodies, beyond ourselves.

All of the stories we seek will be examples of excellent journalism and storytelling: well-researched stories with compelling characters that demonstrate struggle and resolve. Hurry up and send your pitches to [email protected] before August 2 to be considered for the Winter 2023 issue. (After that, you can continue to send them to [email protected].)

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