I am a PhD student in the Anthropology Department at the University of Chicago. I hold a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the Free University Berlin and an MA in Social Sciences (Political Theory and Anthropology) from the University of Chicago. My research is concerned with socio-cultural anthropology and historical epistemology of the human body, mind and senses. I study human somatic culture more broadly and , body techniques, somatic habits and skills more specifically. I ask: What do we gain if we understand better how we move and use our bodies? I understand body techniques as enacting social and cultural processes and norms and as shaping human bodies. My historical scholarship examines physical culture and somatic traditions in Germany, Western Europe and the US from the late 19th century onward. My dissertation builds on historical research and on ethnographic fieldwork with European contemporary dancers, choreographers and movement researchers. Here, I focus on the development, transfer and notation of body techniques and bodily skills in intercorporeal dance practice.
"Not Reading", the 2017 University of Chicago English Conference, will close on Nov. 3 at 5:00pm with a performance by Anne-Sophie Reichert (PhD candidate, Anthropology) and Ted Gordon (PhD candidate, Music), followed by a response by Michael Rossi (Department of History).