Gender Diversity and Embodiment

Hello and welcome! This project and the interviews we are conducting are the start of a longitudinal project on gender and embodiment (defined below!). We are interested in learning more about diverse gender experiences and how they might interact with our bodies and want to incorporate the voices of participants into the research design. Participants will receive a $20 gift card

What is embodiment? 

Embodiment and embodying are central concepts to this project and, generally, refer to the process of a person or group incorporating and internalizing the physical and sociocultural world around them.  People can embody their world and lived experiences through dance, vocalization, movements, behaviors, clothing, and physiological changes and these things can be conscious, subconscious, or not conscious at all. This project specifically is interested in physiological changes, for example, how one’s cortisol might change over time in response to their lived experiences.

Who is eligible? 

  • Anyone 18 and over 
  • Anyone who is trans, non-binary and more!

Examples of possible interview questions: 

  • What lived experiences do you identify as the meaningful or the most significant? What experiences stick with you at the end of the day, shape your relationship to your gender, or shape your gender itself?
  • What other social identities do you have? Are there any identities that you think influence your gender the most?
  • What would you like a research project about gender to look like? What would you not like it to look like? 

More information: 

If you are interested in participating, please follow this link to the consent form to learn more about the interview procedures! If you have any questions please email Merri Wilson at maw6@illinois.edu

People: 

Merri Wilson

PhD Candidate

Department of Anthropology

Graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies and Queer Studies

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Kate Clancy

Associate Professor 

Department of Anthropology

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

Dr. Jenny Davis 

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign