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Becoming a Channel swimmer: embodiment and identity in an extreme sporting culture

Grant reference: RES-000-22-4055

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Seminar/workshop details

"If I go in like a cranky sea lion, I come out like a smiling dolphin" : marathon swimming and the unexpected pleasures of being a body in water
I gave this paper at a one-day seminar I organised on "Endurance Sport" to mark the end of this research project. It was held on 11 September, 2012, and in the paper, I explored the changes to sensory perception that are produced through training, and make a case for the sensory as a means of thinking differently about embodiment.

Primary contributor

Author Karen Throsby

Bodies involved

Organising body Karen Throsby, University of Warwick

Additional details

Video podcasts of this talk, and also of the other talks given during the seminar, can be found on the project website at:

The seminar was also attended by Drawnalist, Matt Buck, who documented each of the talks through drawings in real time. These can also be viewed and downloaded via the same page.
11 September 2012
11 September 2012