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Ben Spatz is Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield; author of What a Body Can Do: Technique as Knowledge, Practice as Research (Routledge 2015); and Arts & Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellow with the project "Judaica: An Embodied Laboratory for Songwork" (2016-2018). They convene the Embodied Research Working Group within the International Federation for Theatre Research and edit the new videographic Journal of Embodied Research, published by Open Library of Humanities, as well as the Advanced Methods imprint from Punctum Books.

Recent talks and workshops include a series of performative research presentations with Nazlıhan Eda Erçin and Agnieszka Mendel at University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Kent, the Martin E. Segal Theatre Centre at CUNY, NYU Performance Studies, and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London; as well as solo invited talks and workshops at University of Cardiff, University of the Arts Helsinki, University of Aberdeen, University of Ghent, and Northwestern University. Recent and forthcoming articles appear in the journals Performance Research, Performance Philosophy, and Contemporary Theatre Review.

For more information and audiovisual materials please visit <www.urbanresearchtheater.com>.

Research Expertise and Interests

• Actor training and acting 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
Epistemology Arts & Humanities
science Social Sciences

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Projects 2016 2018

Judaica: An Embodied Laboratory for Song-Action

Spatz, B.


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
research method


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

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Social Media

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


The Video Way of Thinking

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Everyday Life
Embodied Knowledge
History of Technology

Triptych: Genesis, Kavana, Sabbath

Spatz, B., Ercin, N., Gatt, C. & Mendel, A., 10 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research. 2, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

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