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Research project

EmbRace: The Embodiment of Racialization

The project 'EmbRace: The Embodiment of Racialization: Running Muslim Women and the Sense of Non-Belonging' investigates the embodied and sensorial dimension of the racialization of Muslims and its intersections with gender, class and religion. Through a knowledge transfer between Leiden University and University of California, Berkeley (USA), EmbRace aims to contribute to the theorization of embodied senses of non-belonging in recreational sports.

2022 - 2024
Jasmijn Rana
Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (European Commission) Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (European Commission)

Questions and Objectives

Numerous studies have documented the racialization of Muslims, and the impact of those discourses on those identified as such. But how do we understand the embodied and sensorial dimension of the racialization of Muslims? This ethnographic research takes recreational running as an angle to investigate the effects of racialization on the relation to one’s own body, environment, and to other people.

To reveal the embodiment of social hierarchies in social interactions among Muslim recreational athletes, this project has two main objectives: Conceptualize how dispositions of non-belonging shape outdoor activities such as running and vice versa, by analysing movement and narratives of movement (conceptual/empirical goal) and to examine and theorize the processes through which the multisensory dimensions of racialization become embodied (theoretical goal).

International Mobility

The Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship enables researchers to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills and develop their careers. The fellowship helps researchers gain experience in other countries, disciplines, and non-academic sectors. For the first year of this two-year project, Rana will be working as a MSCA Global Fellow at University of California, Berkeley (USA).

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