Gurur Ertem is a social scientist and performance studies scholar, specializing in the sociology of the body, arts, and culture. Her transdisciplinary work combines the arts, social and political theory and performance studies. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology from The New School for Social Research (New York) with the thesis "EUropean Dance: The Emergence and Transformation of a Contemporary Dance Art World (1989-2013)." She has been immersed in the contemporary dance culture for two decades as dancer, dramaturge, scholar, educator, and curator. Ertem edited several books on contemporary dance such as Dance on Time (2010); Solo? in Contemporary Dance (2008), and Yirminci Yüzyılda Dans Sanatı (2007). At present, she researches and writes on politics of/with the body and the affective and aesthetic enunciations of the “political” with a focus on recent social movements and corporeal resistance. Her most recent publications include the co-edited volume Bodies of Evidence: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Politics of Movement (Passagen Verlag, 2018) and the book chapter "Gezi Uprising: Performative Democracy and Politics of the Body in an Extended Space of Appearance" (in Media Practices, Social Movements, and Performativity; Routledge, 2018). As the founding co-director of Bimeras, a not-for-profit private arts and research organisation, and iDANS Istanbul International Dance and Performance Festival where she has been responsible for programming, research, and publications since 2006, Gurur Ertem approaches these questions not only from an academic perspective but also through artistic and curatorial practices. She was a recent Fellow at the The Institute For Critical Social Inquiry (New York) and a Humanities Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart). Ertem is currently a jury member for Tanzplattform Deutschland 2020.
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