Dr. 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. 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, 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). Also, she is developing a postdoctoral research project tentatively titled "The Exilic Condition and the Arts." As the founding co-director of Bimeras (Istanbul), a not-for-profit 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 her research questions not only from an academic perspective but also through artistic and curatorial practices. She was a recent Humanities Fellow at the at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart) and a Fellow for the Hannah Arendt Seminar with Richard J. Bernstein at The Institute For Critical Social Inquiry (New School for Social Research, New York). Ertem is currently a jury member for the German Dance Platform 2020 and lives in Istanbul and Berlin.
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