Towards posthuman dancing subjects: a critical commentary assemblage that interrupts five published works through the lens of practice-led, new materialist research

Frizell, Caroline. 2021. Towards posthuman dancing subjects: a critical commentary assemblage that interrupts five published works through the lens of practice-led, new materialist research. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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This PhD by publication is a practice-led, critical commentary assemblage on a portfolio of five published works through a new materialist, posthuman, postqualitative (NMPHPQ) lens, developing a thematic focus on posthuman subjectivity. Postqualitative research is used in this re-turning as a departure from qualitative research methodologies that underpin the existing publications in my portfolio, following an NMPHPQ ontological and epistemological turn in my practice and research. This research inquiry explores the concept of posthuman subjectivity as it manifests in transdisciplinary practice embracing, firstly, dance as a participatory process, secondly, ecopsychology as a practice that locates the human subject within a wider ecology and, thirdly, critical disability studies as a portal to non-binary practice. These diffractive intersections unveil power-laden, ethical discourses that have subordinated matters of the body, privileging particular bodies over others. As this thesis unfolds, a knowledge symposium maps out the research assemblage, theorising the body as process, the environmentally contextualised human subject and the (dis)abled body, problematising notions of the human subject and reaching towards posthuman subjectivity. This practice-led, NMPHPQ inquiry employs diffractive analysis in challenging binary discourses, towards considering how the subordination of matters that have been made to matter less hold the potential for redefining how identities are organised and subjectivities are conceived and performed. This thesis moves transversally across disciplines and genres and is presented via text, photography and film in a trans-modal style, with an emphasis on transdisciplinarity. In moving towards the posthuman dancing subject, I consider the implications for practice in the field of psychotherapy, identifying the transdisciplinary potential of diffracting across dance movement psychotherapy (DMP), ecopsychotherapy and critical disability studies, embedding the notion of the posthuman subject into practice in a way that is emancipatory and decolonising.

Item Type:

Thesis (Doctoral)

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.25602/GOLD.00030463

Additional Information:

PhD by Publication.

Keywords:

dance movement psychotherapy, ecopsychotherapy, ecopsychology, learningdisability, post humanism, new materialism

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)

Date:

31 August 2021

Item ID:

30463

Date Deposited:

01 Sep 2021 15:25

Last Modified:

01 Sep 2021 15:25

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/30463

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