Skip to main content

Copy the text below to embed this resource

Entangling Bodies and Things in the Air
Main contributor
Larissa Schindler (Mainz)
Bodies and things are central dimensions of the „materiality of the social“, yet they are mostly investigated in different lines of discourse. How can we study these dimensions in one perspective? How do bodies and things entangle in social processes and „become“ together?

In my contribution, I tackle these questions based on an empirical study on air travel. In the course of a travel by airplane, bodies and things become relevant in different forms. They have to be gathered and at the day of travel assembled to a mobile formation of bodies and things at the day of travel—the „traveler“ is formed by this entanglement. At the airport this formation is decomposed and subject to different controls in order to form a „passenger“. In the air craft finally bodies are held still by being „parked“ in the seats like things. Especially when bodies behave recalcitrantly, it becomes evident that this is a demanding accomplishment. „Flying bodies“ are fluid formations of bodies and things that are brought into being situationally and change repeatedly in the course of the travel. Bodies and things (resp. technologies) are both media of cooperation, and at the same time, they thereby produce themselves and each other. (
Panel 6 | Cooperating Bodies
SFB 1187 Jahrestagung 2017
SFB 1187
Other Identifier
MEDIAS: 45799_18