I'm the founding co-director of iDANS International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival (Istanbul) where I've been responsible for curatorial research, programming, and publications since 2006. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from The New School for Social Research (New York) in 2016 with the thesis titled "EUropean Dance: The Emergence and Transformation of a Contemporary Dance Art World (1989-2013)." I specialize in the sociology of culture and arts; the body and social theory; and critical theory. Additionally, being immersed in the contemporary dance culture for (almost) two decades as dancer, dramaturge, programmer, and scholar, I edited several books on the topic such as Dance on Time (2010); Solo? in Contemporary Dance (2008), and Yirminci Yüzyılda Dans Sanatı (2007). My 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). At present, I'm engaged in further research and writing on politics of/with the body; affective and aesthetic dimensions of the "political" with a focus on recent social movements; contentious performances; and social psychology. As a current fellow in the field of Humanities at Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellow (Stuttgart) I'm working on a project tentatively titled "Bearing Witness: The Lived Body Under Neo- Authoritarianism." I created this website to keep you posted about my work-related whereabouts and to make available some of my texts in a straightforward, visually uncluttered way. I hope you find it helpful.
© Gurur Ertem 2017