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date: 26 November 2020

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Perception is the place where vision and sensation merge to produce embodied meaning, the crossroads where individuals meet or miss one another—either connecting in good faith with a shared experience, or stumbling through missteps that can result in a defensive posture or a sense of distrust of others. It is through individuals’ bodies that perception meets up with politics. This chapter was precipitated by the author’s reflections on the actions, demonstrations, and events instigated by the shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, especially with respect to how those events rippled through a politically active Midwestern campus. The chapter argues that dance practices focused on perception can be mobilized to train for a politically responsive body, one that is both capable of strategic resistance and resilient enough to survive the exhaustion of public advocacy and action.

Keywords: perception, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, public advocacy, demonstrations, resistance

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