Dr. Gurur Ertem is a sociologist, dancer, and dance/performance studies scholar. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology from The New School for Social Research (New York) with the dissertation “The 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 a dancer, dramaturge, scholar, educator, and curator. Ertem curated the iDANS Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance (Istanbul 2006-2014) and edited several books on 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 recent publications include Bodies of Evidence: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Politics of Movement (co-edited with Sandra Noeth, Passagen, 2018); “Gezi Uprising: Performative Democracy and Politics of the Body in an Extended Space of Appearance” (in Media Practices, Social Movements, and Performativity; Routledge, 2018). Ertem’s trans-disciplinary work combines the arts, social, and political theory. She was a Humanities Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, 2018) and a Fellow for the Hannah Arendt Seminar at The Institute For Critical Social Inquiry (2018, New School for Social Research, New York). Ertem has served as a jury member for the German Dance Platform 2020 and the Goethe Institute, International Co-Production Funding. She is the recent recipient of the Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for her project “The Exilic Condition and the Arts,” hosted by Freie Universitat (Berlin, 2020-2021). Besides teaching at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts (Department of Dance) and Bogazici University (Department of Sociology), Ertem is enrolled in the Tamalpa Life/Art Process - Movement Based Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program. She lives in Istanbul and Berlin.
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