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Dr Amanda Williamson

Visiting Honorary Professor

My Research Vision

Dr Amanda Williamson completed a PhD in spirituality in the professional field of Somatic, Movement Education and Therapy. Her research is inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary in approach, rooted in cultural studies, religious studies, spiritual feminism, phenomenology and new materialism. She is particularly interested in women’s spirituality and humanistic medicine, and has a passion for the relationship between art and spirituality. More recently she has been working with researchers in African diasporic and indigenous pacific research, ethnographic somatic studies, and indigenous somatic knowledges.

Amanda enjoys co-authoring and has written with a number of her peers, such as Martha Eddy, Sarah Whatley, Glenna Batson, Jill Hayes, Carla Walters, Sondra Fraleigh and Barbara Sellers-Young.



Amanda Williamson, Visiting Honorary Professor at Coventry University works within the field of Somatic Movement Dance Education within the broader context of Dance Studies, and with a specific specialist focus on Spirituality. She is the founding editor of the peer review journal, 'The Journal of Dance, Movement and Spiritualities’, which is situated within interdisciplinary frameworks, encouraging debate and promoting an academically rigorous engagement with spirituality. She is editor (with her colleagues Sarah Whately, Glenna Batson and Rebecca Weber) of 'Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives', and currently editing the book 'Spiritual Herstories: Call of the Soul in Dance Research'.  

Selected Outputs

  • Williamson, A. (2016), ‘Reflections on existential phenomenology, spirituality, dance and movement-based somatics’, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 8: 2 (forthcoming).
  • Williamson, A. (2016), ‘Editorial and some personal weaves on extistential limitations and articular freedoms’, Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, 2: 3, pp. 93-117.
  • Fraleigh, S. and Williamson, A. (2016), ‘An essay interview with Professor Sondra Fraleigh, University of New York’, Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, 2: 3, pp. 93-199-217.
  • Williamson, A., with images from, Eddy, M., Hartley, L., Talyor, M. Meléndez, E. and Abram, M. (2015), ‘Somatically inspired movement and prepatriarchal religious symbolism’, Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, 2: 3, pp. 323–35
  • Williamson, A. (2015) ‘Glancing back –looking forward’. Journal of Dance, Movement and Spiritualities' 1 (3), 361-371.
  • Williamson, A., and Hayes, J. (2014) 'Dancing the sacred in secular contexts'. Journal of Dance, Movement and Spiritualities' 1 (1), 10-31.
  • Williamson, A., and Njaradi, D. (2014) 'Secular and personally Politicalized Spiritualities’. Journal of Dance, Movement and Spiritualities' 1 (2), 231-239.
  • Williamson, A. (2014) ‘In memory of Jill Hayes’. Journal of Dance, Movement and Spiritualities' 1 (2), 215-230.
  • Eddy, M., Williamson, A., and Weber, R. (2014) ‘Reflections on the spiritual dimensions of somatic movement education’. in Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: contemporary sacred narratives. Ed. by Williamson, A., Batson, G., Whatley, S., and Weber, R. Bristol: Intellect, 159-194.
  • Williamson, A., Batson, G., Whatley, S., and Weber, R. (eds.) (2014) Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: contemporary sacred narratives. Bristol: Intellect.
  • Williamson, A., and Hayes, J. (2012) 'Dance, Movement and Spiritualities'. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 4 (1). 
  • Williamson, A. (2010) 'Reflections and theoretical approaches to the study of spiritualities within the field of somatic movement dance education'. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 2 (1), 35-61.
  • Williamson, A. (2009) 'Formative support and connection: somatic movement dance education in community and client practice'. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 1 (1), 29-45.
  • Williamson, A. (ed.) International Anthology - Herstories; Call of the Soul in Dance Research. [Forthcoming].
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Visiting Honorary Professor

Dance Somatics & Spiritualities