Bodies: A Digital Companion

Bodies: A Digital Companion

Several professors in the Core Division at Champlain College who teach a general education course, COR 240: Bodies, wanted to rethink what a textbook could do. We wanted something nonlinear and iterative that would enable students to explore complex problems related to the body from multiple perspectives. We couldn’t find what we were looking for — so we decided to build our own. Rather than a textbook or a reader, it’s a collaboratively authored digital companion that curates the interdisciplinary field of Body Studies for students with different backgrounds, strengths, and interests.

Bodies: A Digital Companion aims to provide a thoughtfully curated introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Body Studies in ways that both incorporate and challenge our students to rethink their own online practices. It facilitates an immersive, substantive academic experience by marrying key concepts with important texts, historical and cultural context, and media artifacts of all types. These materials set the stage for studying multiple, intersecting, interdisciplinary approaches to bodies.

Bodies Co-editor Kristin Novotny, Professor in the Core Division at Champlain College, had the original idea of creating a new text suited to the specific needs of our students and the Core Division’s inquiry-and-project-based pedagogy. Her goal was to enlist fellow Bodies professors to develop the text, and she received a Champlain College Faculty Fellowship in 2016 to begin that process. Novotny also authored the digital companion’s Stigma, Intersectionality, and Body Image pages.

Co-editor Katheryn Wright, Associate Professor in the Core Division, was an initial developer of the master course for COR 240: Bodies along with Dr. Steve Wehmeyer and Dr. Rowshan Nemazee. She has been the point person for the course since its inception. Wright developed the Bodies: A Digital Companion interactive text in Scalar and wrote the Why the Body?, Methodologies, and The Body Project pages.

About the Bodies Co-Editors

Kristin Novotny earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and previously taught political theory courses at Saint Michael’s College. Kristin also holds a Masters degree in Mediation and Applied Conflict Resolution from Woodbury College, and has worked as a professional facilitator and mediator.

Katheryn Wright has a Ph.D. in Humanities (specializing in Media Studies and Cultural Geography) from Florida State University. Her book The New Heroines: Female Embodiment and Technology in 21st Century Popular Culture (Praeger, 2016) examines how teen and YA heroines in popular culture serve as models for posthuman subjectivity. She has also published articles and book chapters on screen culture, biopolitics, and media convergence. She is an editor at Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal for Learning, Teaching, and Technology.