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Dr. Victoria Thoms

Research Fellow

My Research Vision

I am deeply interested in understanding how live and mediated dance performance has the power to inform and transform political, social and embodied understandings of identity. I favour an interdisciplinary approach that brings together feminist theory, deconstruction and psychoanalysis and allows me to read the moving body across different medial, geographic and historical matrices. In doing so, I seek to reveal the complexity with which dance negotiates ideas about identity and produce effects.

Biography

Before doctoral study in the United Kingdom, Victoria trained in ballet, contemporary dance and choreography in Canada as part of her Undergraduate and Master’s Degree. Her research engages with recent debates in performance, gender, and trauma studies to theorise dance as a cultural practice within contemporary society. She recently published Martha Graham: Gender and the haunting of a dance pioneer (2013). Her new research projects looked more specifically at literary theory and trauma studies to understand how dance might be considered a form of bearing witness to upheaval and violence. Victoria is specifically interested in looking at the link between trauma, nation and ballet within a British context. She has published in Dance Research JournalEuropean Journal of Women’s StudiesResearch in Dance EducationWomen: a Cultural Review and is presently Chair of the Society for Dance Research in the UK.

Selected Outputs

Selected Projects

  • Martha Graham Monograph. Primary Research and Data Retrieval.
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