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Biography

Ben Spatz is a nonbinary researcher and theorist of embodied practice. They are Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield, UK; author of What a Body Can Do: Technique as Knowledge, Practice as Research (Routledge 2015); and AHRC Leadership Fellow with the project “Judaica: An Embodied Laboratory for Songwork” (2016-2018). Ben is also editor of the videographic Journal of Embodied Research from Open Library of Humanities and the Advanced Methods imprint from Punctum Books; co-convener of the Embodied Research Working Group within the International Federation for Theatre Research; and co-investigator on the ESRC project “Research with a Twist: A Somatics Toolkit for Ethnographers” (2018-2019).

Ben has recently been invited to speak at conferences on theatre, dance, music, martial arts, and intangible cultural heritage at the Universities of Manchester, Leeds, Kent, Aberdeen, Bedfordshire, Cardiff, Maynooth, Ghent, and Zagreb, as well as New York University, City University of New York, Northwestern University, and University of the Arts Helsinki. Ben has more than two decades of experience as a performer and director of contemporary performance, working mainly in New York City from 2001 to 2013, and is currently researching the emergence of sexual and racial identities in experimental practice and audiovisual research.

For more information, please visit: <www.urbanresearchtheater.com>.

Research Expertise and Interests

• Performer training and performance technique

• Theatres of musicality and song

• Epistemologies of embodiment and practice

• Intersections of performing, martial, healing, and ritual arts

• Ethics and politics of embodied training and discipline

• Cultural and sexual identities as areas of embodied knowledge

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video Social Sciences
dance Social Sciences
diaspora Social Sciences
epistemology Social Sciences
Practice as Research Arts & Humanities
documentation Social Sciences
science Social Sciences
research method Social Sciences

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Projects 2016 2018

Judaica: An Embodied Laboratory for Song-Action

Spatz, B.

1/08/1631/07/18

Project: ResearchResearch Council

Research Output 2008 2018

Diaspora (An Illuminated Video Essay)

Spatz, B., Ercin, N., Mendel, A. & Spatz-Rabinowitz, E., 6 Jul 2018, In : Global Performance Studies. 2, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
diaspora
video
singing
kinship
research method

Editorial

Spatz, B., 15 Aug 2018, In : Journal of Embodied Research. 1, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Social Media
Accessibility
History

Letters to an empty room

Spatz, B., 14 Sep 2018, Conversations on Embodiment Across Higher Education: Teaching, Practice and Research. Leigh, J. (ed.). 1st ed. Taylor and Francis Ltd., p. 39-49 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Performance as Research: Knowledge, Methods, Impact

Arlander, A. (ed.), Barton, B. (ed.), Dreyer-Lude, M. (ed.) & Spatz, B. (ed.), 2018, London and New York: Routledge. 360 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Reader
Energy
Elasticity
Teasing
Methodology

The Video Way of Thinking

Spatz, B., 10 Jan 2018, In : South African Theatre Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Embodiment
Documentation
Everyday Life
Embodied Knowledge
History of Technology

Activities 2015 2017

  • 2 Oral presentation

Judaica Research Tour

Ben Spatz (Speaker)
31 Aug 201731 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Out from the Egg of Silence: For a Topology of Song

Ben Spatz (Speaker)
11 Nov 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation