Embodied performance encourages scholarship on bodies as sociocultural, political, physiological, psychological, and virtual entities in performance and performative contexts past and present. It is relevant to students and scholars of history, sociology, theatre and dance, religious, cultural, critical race, gender, and ethnic studies.

This cluster of interest might attract the work of individuals in theater, dance, and performance art as they discuss body related experience in performance.

It addresses identity as and in performance and the interaction of bodies and history, bodies and space, and bodies in motion.

It references the practice and implications of embodied training that would have potential significance to artist/practitioners and many others including psychologists, physiologists, biologists, individuals working with neurocognitive models, and kinesiologists.

It also deals with questions of representation and documentation of bodies in performance that will encompass not only artist/practitioners but also those working in discursive fields such as literature and languages.

It attends to the full rhetorical situation of performance as an intersection of bodies in real or virtual media technologies.

Examples from faculty and student research:

  • Yoga studies, women’s sacred arts, ritual performance, and transnational feminism
  • Ways of dying as they are forced upon black people by ongoing state violence within the United States
  • Physical and disciplinary diversity in body-based performance that interrogates the roles of haptic experience and contextual framing/dislocation in the processes of creation, performance and reception of live dance/art
  • The shifting territories between physically active embodied states and the environment of people and things: theory and practice of directed attention for performers
  • Concepts of the site-particular in simple acts of collaborating, walking and gifting
  • Traditional knowledge as embodied knowledge in storytelling practices
  • Daoist movement traditions as tacit structures for philosophy – Dance, Embodied Knowledge and the Politics of Space in Cuba (late nineteenth century to twentieth century)
  • Gender and film studies, the history and representation of violence and warfare, German literature and culture from the eighteenth century to the present