Research topic: Moving Women: Dance, Gender, and 20th Century Japan
I am a new DPhil student researching women artists, especially dancers, in post-war Japan. I am particularly interested in the way that, in the wake of a global catastrophe which shattered the way people thought, moved, and interacted with one another, these women experienced and shaped different worlds, both within art and beyond.
Currently I am looking at the life and work of butoh dancer, choreographer, and co-founder, Motofuji Akiko, as well as some of the first women noh artists, who began performing in the 1950s. Whilst researching, I also think it is essential to move, so I also practice, choreograph and teach for various dance projects around the world.
Conference and other academic participation:
Academic Visitor, ASWARA – Akademi Seni Budaya Dan Warisan Kebangsaan, Kuala Lumpur, September 2019.
‘Moving Bodies: Post-war Dance, Women, and Protest in Japan’ , Voices of Dissent: Transculturality and Activism, Studierendenrat der Universität Heidelberg Fachschaft Transcultural Studies, 24th May 2019.
‘Moving Women: Gender and Dance in 20th Century Japan’, Oxford Sudbury Transnational and Global History Seminar: Graduate Approaches to Global History, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, 25 May 2018.