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EDUCATIONPhD Dance Studies (University of Surrey) MA Dance Ethnology (York University) BA Hons English, History & Anthropology (University of Toronto)
Bridget Cauthery is a dance and cultural studies scholar focusing on the impacts of post/neo-coloniality and the processes of globalization on contemporary and popular dance practices in the Global North. In June 2022, she received a SSHRC Insight Grant for a three-year research project “Recovering In the Land of the Spirits (1988/1992)” to resituate and reinvest in a ballet produced by John Kim Bell (Mohawk). The grant will culminate in a national touring exhibition of recovered materials, reconstructed costumes, and collected narratives to six Canadian cities. Alongside this new project, her first book, Choreographing the North: Settler affinities in contemporary dance, which examines eleven contemporary settler dance works from the northern and southern hemispheres that take the Far North as source and inspiration, is forthcoming from McGill-Queens University Press. She is co-editor with Jonathan Osborn of a special issue of the journal PUBLIC on embodiment due out 2023. Her most recent publications include peer-reviewed chapters on Indigenous and diasporic subjectivities in the Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet (2021) and Moving Together: Dance and Pluralism in Canada (2021). Bridget is the founder of the Somatics Working Group at York University, bringing together graduate students, faculty and emerging and established international somatics scholars to discuss how to disrupt logo- and ocular-centric research and dissertation praxis. She has won two York University awards for her teaching (President’s University-Wide Teaching Award in 2018; AMPD eLearning Award in 2014), and is an active supervisor and committee member of MA and PhD committees in Dance, Theatre & Performance Studies, Communications & Culture and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Area of Academic Specialty: Dance Studies, Cultural Studies, Post-colonial theory
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