Arseli Dokumaci

Dr Arseli Dokumaci, Guest Speaker, Public Space and Accessibility

Arseli Dokumaci completed her PhD in performance studies at Aberystwyth University and is currently an FQRSC-funded (Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture) postdoctoral fellow at McGill University, Social Studies of Medicine Department. She is also working as a research associate at Concordia University’s Mobile Media Lab for the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas (CCPPA). In her doctoral project, supervised by Professor Mike Pearson, Dr Dokumaci explored experiences of invisible disabilities, in particular pain and mobility-related impairments, through the creation of a two-hour ethnographic documentary on everyday life task performances. Materials from this research have appeared in the edited collections Disability in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Palgrave, 2011); MIS-performing, invert err or shift (Maska Publishing, 2014) and Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts (2013).

In her FQRSC-funded postdoctoral project, Dr Dokumaci is investigating the uses of performance as a concept and a measurement tool in biomedicine and health care. She is working with Professor Kim Sawchuk on a CCPPA-funded project for building an archive on performance and disability in the Americas. Prof Sawchuk and Dr Dokumaci have co-convened Performance and Disability Work Group at Encuentro in 2014. Arseli is the current chair of Emerging Scholars Committee at Performance Studies international.

For more information about Arseli’s research and practice please visit the following links:

http://performingdisability.com/video/misfires.mov

http://performingdisability.com/video/blindness.mov

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