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In her work, Eline combines her passion for anthropology and its qualitative research methodologies, health, spirituality, and her intimate knowledge of the dancer’s body. She studied contemporary dance at CODARTS, Rotterdam, and also qualified as a teacher in Movement Medicine. This is an improvisation-based, meditative dance practice with roots in a shamanic paradigm.

In 2013 she completed her PhD in dance anthropology at the University of Roehampton in London, studying the contributions of Movement Medicine to participants’ wellbeing and empowerment. She is currently re-writing her thesis for publication in Lexington’s series on Body and Religion.

As a medical anthropologist, she conducted various studies on health and wellbeing from a social and cultural perspective, working with people with learning disabilities, burnout and depression, and other long-term chronic conditions. In her previous post at The University of Exeter Medical School, she focused on the development and implementation of patient-initiated care in the NHS.

Eline also teaches several unorthodox academic modules for students, including ‘Embodied Research Methodology’ for anthropology students at UCL, and ‘Develop your own Art of Living Toolkit’ for medical students from the University of Plymouth. She offers experiential, tailor-made workshops for healthcare organisations, universities and museums at request.


Research Interests

Dance, healing, empowerment and spirituality; Qualitative research methodologies (ethnography, hermeneutics, phenomenology); Implementation and improvement science within health care and change facilitation

Vision Statement

Both my practical and theoretical work are inspired by a deep yearning to understand what it is to live a meaningful, soul-full life. The search for this 'Art of Living' is led and inspired by dance, which allows us to connect deeply with ourselves, each other and the world around us.

By using a combination of embodied and intersubjective methodologies to explore dance as different way of knowing, I hope to learn more about the potential role it can play in contemporary culture with regard to possibilities for everyone to live a healthy, nourishing and vibrant life. In particular, I am interested in concrete strategies for achieving and sustaining this in education, healthcare and business.

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minority Social Sciences
Cultural Anthropology Medicine & Life Sciences
Secondary Care Medicine & Life Sciences
book review Social Sciences
Evidence-Based Practice Medicine & Life Sciences
Growth and Development Medicine & Life Sciences
community Social Sciences
innovation Social Sciences

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Research Output 2014 2018

Clearing the way towards soulful scholarship

Kieft, E. 2018 (Submitted) A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance. Ellis, S., Blades, H. & Waelde, C. (eds.). C-DaRE at Coventry University, p. 456-479 24 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

Research Strategy

Soul Loss and Retrieval: Restoring wholeness through dance

Kieft, E. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Spiritual Herstories: Soulful research in dance studies. Williamson, A. & Sellers-Young, B. (eds.). Intellect, p. (in press)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

A personal relationship with the mysteries: (re)discovering the enchanted garden through movement and the body

Kieft, E. 22 Sep 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Revue Théologiques. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Personal Relationships
Open Access
Secondary Care
Health Services Research
Health Services

Dance, Empowerment and Spirituality in Movement Medicine

Kieft, E. May 2017 Danswetenschap in Nederland. van Delft, M., Gündüz, Z. & Koolen, H. (eds.). Dutch Society for Dance Research, Vol. 9, p. 85-92 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

Activities 2011 2018

Workshop: Our Meaningful Stories

Kieft, E. (Speaker)
19 Jan 2018

Activity: Oral presentation

Fine-tuning the anthropologist’s body as fieldwork instrument

Kieft, E. (Speaker)
21 Mar 2018

Activity: Oral presentation

Royal Anthropological Institute RAI (External organisation)

Kieft, E. (Member)
Mar 2018

Activity: Membership of board

Véronique Benei

Kieft, E. (Host)
4 Oct 2017

Activity: Hosting an academic visitor