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Research Interests

Phenomenological research methods, phenomenography, arts-based teaching and learning theories, audience and reception studies, performative audience research, anthropology of dance, applied educational research

Biography

I have focused on audience studies and the impact of participatory experiences since my MA in Anthropology of Media at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Since then I have been exploring alternative learning pedagogies and educational research in my teaching and research career, the majority of which I spent in Singapore and Thailand, alongside which I learned Spanish dance and engaged it is a tool for queer disidentification. More recently I have been researching how phenomenographic research designs can be used to document the lived experiences of performer and audience members in the performing arts to visually map out the movement of discourse space of socially constructed concepts.

PhD Project

My PhD research was grounded in applying a phenomenographic research design  to audience engagement studies. It was a multiple perspective phenomenographic study that aims to document ways of understanding disability, movement, and dance based on performer and audience experience. Based on performer and audience engagement with the performance piece, the analyses provide makers and stakeholders with a visual map of the movement of a discourse space, such as disability. My research focused on audiences of Candoco Dance Company's Face In, choreographed by Yasmeen Godder. 

My postdoctoral research takes my exploration of phenomenography in the context of dance further. I am looking at the potential for the wider application of the design in dance research. I also investigate the use of the approach more generally into audience reception for the benefit of dancer companies, artists, and dance organisations.

 

 

Education/Academic qualification

Dance and disability (audience engagement), Doctorate, Faculty Research Centre for Dance Research (CDaRE)

Award Date: 10 Sep 2020

Educational and Social Research, Postgraduate Certificate, University College London

Award Date: 20 Nov 2010

Anthropology of Media, MA, SOAS, University of London

Award Date: 1 Nov 2004

Southeast Asian Studies, Degree, Mahidol University International College

Award Date: 1 May 2003

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