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UT Humanities Center Eighth Annual Distinguished Lecture Series – Kate Elswit

“Dance, Bodies, and the Digital: Digital Methods for Movement on the Move”

This presentation centers on the work of African American choreographer Katherine Dunham to show how dance moves across both geographical locations and cultural, artistic, and financial networks. Building from Elswit and Bench’s project “Dunham’s Data: Katherine Dunham and Digital Methods for Dance Historical Inquiry,” Elswit considers what dance studies may offer to the digital humanities, which questions how to make the analysis and visualization of data meaningful for historical inquiry.

Kate Elswit is an academic and dancer whose research on performing bodies combines dance history, performance studies theory, cultural studies, experimental practice, and technology. She is author of Watching Weimar Dance (2014), which won the Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research, and of Theatre & Dance (2018). Together with Harmony Bench, her digital work has been most recently funded by a three-year project grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is Reader in Theatre and Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

Public parking is available behind Strong Hall at Volunteer Hall Garage, 1545 White Ave.

Monday, November 11, 2019 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Strong Hall, Room 101
1621 West Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996

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Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Social Sciences


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public



Humanities Center



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