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Profile: Petra Kuppers

Title: Professor
PhD, Falmouth College of Art/Plymouth University  1999

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

performance studies, disability studies, disability culture, critical theory, dance studies,
contemporary art, community arts, ecology and performance/art practice, contemporary poetry, indigenous studies/decolonizing methodologies

Secondary Interests

eco-art, sci-art, medical humanities, screen studies, popular culture, horror in literature and film, early European film, Aotearoan/New Zealand culture, Australian culture


Pearl Stitch (Poetry Collection). New York: Spuyten Duyvil Press, Spring 2016

Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction. Palgrave, 2014

‘Occupy the WEFT: Choreographing Factory Affect and Community Performance.’ Contemporary Theatre Review.
25:3 (2015): 401-416.

 ‘Waltzing Disability Culture: Finding History with Raimund Hoghe.’ Choreographic Practices 6:1 (2015): 41-56.

‘Edges of Water and Land: Transnational Performance Practices in Indigenous/Settler Collaborations’
Journal for Arts and Communities. 6:1 (2015): 5-28.

‘Disability Performance in the Streets: Art Actions in post-quake Christchurch’ TDR: The Drama
Review. 59: 1 (2015): 166-173.

 ‘Outsider Histories, Insider Artists, Cross-cultural Ensembles: Visiting with Disability Presences in Contemporary
Art Environments.’ TDR: The Drama Review. 58:2 (2014): 33-50.

Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape. Palgrave, 2011.

(editor) Somatic Engagement. Chain Links Books, 2011.

DVD producer/director: Embodied Poetics. Olimpias, 2011.

'“your darkness also/rich and beyond fear”: Community Performance, Somatic Poetics and the Vessels of Self and Other', M/C Journal, Vol. 12, No. 5 (2009) - 'disclose'. Online journal.
‘Toward a Rhizomatic Model of Disability: Poetry, Performance, and Touch’ Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 3.3 (2009), 221–240
‘Identity Politics of Mobility: Kara Walker and Berni Searle,’ Performance Paradigm, 5: 2009, Issue Theme: After Effects: Performing the Ends of Memory. Online journal.
‘Disability/Performance. A Collaborative Essay,’ with Neil Marcus. Journal for Applied Theatre and Performance. (2009) 14: 1, 141 - 155
‘Tiresian Journeys’ TDR: The Drama Review, 54: 2, Winter 2008:174-182.

Editor (with James Overboe): 'Deleuze and Disability.' Special Issue, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. 2009.

The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performances and Contemporary Art, University of Minnesota Press, 2007
Community Performance: An Introduction (and co-editor of Community Performance: A Reader), both Routledge, 2007
Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge, Routledge, 2003.
  • PearlStitch
  • Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction
  • Somatic Engagement
  • The Olimpias Disability Culture Projects: Embodied Poetics
  • Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape
  • Cripple Poetics: A Love Story

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