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Dr Kelina Gotman

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University

    2008
  • Master of Philosophy, Columbia University

    2005
  • Master of Arts, Columbia University

    2003
  • Bachelor of Arts, Brown University

    2000

Research interests

Theatre and performance history and philosophy, dance history and philosophy, critical and cultural theory, cultural studies of science, disciplines and institutions, language, translation, dramaturgy.

 

 

Research interests

My work is fundamentally concerned with questions of disciplinarity and translation, as well as – underpinning these – enquiry into the way we write. Thus my first book, Choreomania: Dance and Disorder (Studies in Dance Theory, Oxford University Press, 2018, winner of the David Bradby Award for outstanding research in international theatre and performance studies, Theatre and Performance Research Association) investigates the formation of the concept of the ‘dancing disease’ in nineteenth-century colonial medical, psychiatric and anthropological circles. It queries the emergence of the ‘dancing disease’ diagnosis at a point when questions of disorderly public corporeality – in the context of the nineteenth-century rise of nation-states – saturated scientific and social scientific discourse. Embroiling public insurgency, anti-colonial uprisings, village fêtes and neuromotor disorder, ‘choreomania’, the book argues, came to stand for formless revolt. The book further argues that this very ‘formlessness’ was imagined to arise in the nineteenth century as a recursion of the Dionysian bacchanals, translated in the Middle Ages into St. Vitus’s dance and recuperated into epidemiological literature and Orientalist historiography. Setting thus concepts of ‘dance’ as disorderly, often black or dark, animal motility at the heart of modern science, the book argues for a reconsideration of the way we understand movement in our disciplinary histories. Articles and chapters that further and extend these claims, including on the notion of disciplinary ‘translatio’, have appeared in Performance Research, About Performance, parallax, Tanz und WahnSinn, Beyond Failure, The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain (on what I call the ‘neural metaphor’) and elsewhere.

A further strand of my research questions the form of the essay and the figure of theatre as a site not for duplication, falsity, doubles and lies but for transformation. That work, which is ethnofictional, critical and fictocritical in scope, takes the movement of writing as a criticla and a poethical act. This writing has appeared in SubStance, Comparative and Continental Philosophy, Studies in Theatre and PerformancePerformance Research, as well as in a second book titled Essays on Theatre and Change: Towards a Poetics Of (Routledge, 2018). I am currently at work on a third book, on the fraught relationship between theatre and 'truth', which extends the sphere of thinking developed in Essays on Theatre and Change further to question what it means to write in a politically engaged manner . The book is invested in an exploration of Foucault’s concept of parrêsia – often translated as fearless speech, or the courage of truth. It examines the role of ‘theatre’ as a space of appearance in what many have termed a post-truth paradigm. My engagement with Foucault’s particularly theatrical brand of discursive analysis is longstanding; a co-edited volume, Foucault's Theatres is the first in the field explicitly to engage with Foucault’s thought, particularly in his later lectures at the Collège de France (Manchester University Press, 2019, with Tony Fisher). My commitment to critical genealogy and to thinking performance across disciplines has led to editing the forthcoming 4-volume Theories of Performance: Critical and Primary Sources (Bloomsbury). Finally, my research and practice as a theatre and performance maker is engaged with the question of translation, particularly the relationship between theatrical issues in translation and the comparative literary discourse on ‘world literature’ and untranslatability, a set of concerns at the heart of a further co-edited volume and forthcoming essays. I am translator of Félix Guattari’s The Anti-Oedipus Papers, 450pp (Semiotext(e)/The MIT Press), as well as the award-winning French playwright Marie NDiaye’s The Snakes (Les serpents), which received a staged reading at The Gate. Further theatre, dance and dramaturgical work includes a commission with composer Steve Potter and the London Sinfonietta to develop a songless opera based on the philosophy of Walter Benjamin (100 Combat Troupes: denkbild for six musicians and four actor-dancers, Village Underground), and over two dozen further productions in Europe and North America, for which I have worked as a translator, writer, librettist, dramaturg, director, actor, dancer, choreographer, movement director and designer. New York highlights include the Drama Desk Award-nominated Agamemnon and Lorca’s Amor de Don Perlimplín… con Belisa en su jardín (Repertorio Español, in Spanish), both directed by Gisela Cardenas; Olivier Cadiot’s AWOL at 59E59 Theatres, dir. Marion Schoevaert (Act French Festival); Giraudoux’s Ondine, dir. Jill Samuels (walkerspace at SoHo Repertory Theatre); A Hall in the Palace of Pyrrhus (after Racine’s Andromaque) (Ohio Theatre) and Charles Mee’s Heaven on Earth, co-produced at La MaMa ETC and Les SubSistances (Lyon), both with Witness Relocation. I am an associate artist of the New York-based dance-theatre company Witness Relocation and with Potter co-direct Recreational Services and the OperLab. Earlier projects have included Krono-Metre: Catalogue Out of Time, based on Hesiod’s Theogony (NYU in Paris, with IRI Pompidou/Institut Télécom) (co-writer and performer), and ADORENOSTORIES (co-writer and performer), as well as the Infancy, History and the Avant-Garde festival (Omnibus Clapham) and smooth & striated: form at hARTslane gallery (New Cross). With the experimental band Schopenhauer, I co-wrote and performed Propositions: After Bataille, and regularly appear in projects including at the i = u festival at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects, with the London Sprechchor, LSO St. Luke’s; and with choreographer Matthias Sperling for the semi-fictional Institute of Neurochoreography: First Open Congress at Sadler's Wells. I have trained in classical, modern and contemporary dance (Cunningham), tango, corporeal mime, physical theatre and butoh.

As a speaker, critic and curator, I have developed with ENO Baylis the Satyagraha Remix project, based on the ENO’s production of Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, and spoken at post-shows at the London Coliseum (Michael Keegan-Dolan/Fabulous Beast The Rite of Spring), the Camden People’s Theatre, the New York Theatre Workshop, and the French-American Theater Dialogue Series at the Martin E. Segal Theatre in NYC, as well as on the BBC World Service ‘World Have Your Say’, special programme on gender inequality, among others. I am regularly involved in arts and cultural institutional research, strategy and programming, including for the Tate Modern performance galleries (the ‘Tanks’) (inaugural working group), the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse_International New Dance Festival (FIND) (Montréal), Misnomer Dance Theatre (NYC), the Permanent Medical Galleries at the national science museum in Oslo, and the Clod Ensemble/Performing Medicine project (London). I have given over 50 invited papers and keynotes internationally across disciplines, and a further 40 internationally at symposia, conferences and events. Prior to joining King’s, I taught performance, writing, cultural and critical theory, literature, and liberal arts at Columbia University; The Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts, The New School; and the Language and Thinking programme, Institute for Writing and Thinking, Bard College. I have been Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellow in the Medical Humanities at the New York Academy of Medicine, Visiting Scholar at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, Guest Professor in Comparative Dramaturgy at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the Goethe Universitat Frankfurt, and Honorary Lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), where I serve in an auxiliary supervisory role. I am currently developing cross-faculty and cross-college Performance network at King's gathering colleagues and postgraduate research students from across all disciplines.

I am interested in hearing from potential research students working on the history and philosophy of theatre, performance and dance; critical and cultural theory, including the work of Michel Foucault; topics involving science, nature, and performance, including the history and philosophy of social science, medicine and psychiatry; cultural heritage and the language of ‘history’; fictocriticism, ethnofiction, discursive analysis and ‘writing’, including poethical approaches to the ‘essay’ and the 'book' form; histories and practices of experimental and avant-garde art; radical pedagogy; dramaturgy, including dance dramaturgy; rhetoric; translation; language; the history of ideas; and the history and theory of disciplines and institutions. Projects international and/or interdisciplinary in scope are particularly welcome.

Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Reaching | Outreaching

Kelina Gotman (Organiser)

9 Jun 2018

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smooth & striated: form

Kelina Gotman (Organiser)

11 Jul 201613 Jul 2016

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After Performance

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

20 Apr 2016

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PoP Moves Seedbed: Dancing Methodologies

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

19 Mar 2016

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Mellon symposium on Theatre and Performance | Multilingualism and Translation

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

6 May 2015

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Dance(-Theatre) and Philosophy: articulation and contamination

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

17 Dec 2014

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Theatre translation and dramaturgy panel

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

29 Oct 2014

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London Theatre Seminar

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

2013

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Theatre Studies Seminar, National University of Singapore

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

2013

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Contemporary Arts Research Seminar and Chichester Festival Theatre Postgraduate Study Day, University of Chichester

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

2011

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Research Seminar on the Theory, Practice and History of Performance, Goldsmiths University of London

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

2011

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History Lecture Series, New York Academy of Medicine

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

2008

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The Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar, Institute for the History of Psychiatry, Weill-Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

2007

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Dance and Sports Faculty, University of Ljubljana

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

2006

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Editorial activity

Performance Philosophy (Journal)

Kelina Gotman (Editor)

20142019

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Participation in conference

Cultural Crossings of Care

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

26 Oct 2018

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Theatre and Migration. Theatre, Nation and Identity: Between Migration and Stasis

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

12 Jul 2018

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Contra: Dance & Conflict

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

6 Jul 2018

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Dance in the Age of Forgetfulness: Society for Dance Research

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

18 Apr 2018

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Exploring the Performative: Corps, Corpus, Gender, Race

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

10 Mar 2018

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British Society for Literature and Science Winter Symposium: Metaphor in Literature and Science

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

4 Nov 2017

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Brexit and Movement

Kelina Gotman (Chair)

22 Sep 2017

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Dance Fields: Staking a Claim for Dance Studies in the 21st Century

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

21 Apr 2017

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Theater als Kritik

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

5 Nov 2016

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Translating Theatre Symposium

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

21 Oct 2016

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Practice (...) Research, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Kelina Gotman (Keynote/plenary speaker)

15 Jan 2016

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Theatre, Performance, Foucault!

Kelina Gotman (Member of programme committee)

4 Jul 2015

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Theatre, Performance, Foucault!

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

4 Jul 2015

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Theatre, Performance, Foucault!

Kelina Gotman (Chair)

4 Jul 2015

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SDHS / COIRD: “Cut and Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity”

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

5 Jun 2015

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Thinking Through Tragedy and Comedy: A Symposium on Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

4 Dec 2014

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Methodologies in Performance Philosophy

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

19 Nov 2014

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TaPRA annual conference, Royal Holloway, University of London

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

4 Sep 2014

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Théâtre, Performance, Philosophie

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

26 Jun 2014

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What Is Performance Philosophy? Staging a New Field

Kelina Gotman (Chair)

2013

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Drama and Philosophy conference, The Institute for the Philosophy of Language, University of Lisbon

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2013

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What Is Performance Philosophy? Staging a New Field

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2013

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TaPRA Theatre, Performance and Philosophy interim conference, "Performance and Mystical Experience"

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2013

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Artaud Forum 3: Theatre and Resonant Politics

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

2013

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How Performance Thinks, PSi Performance and Philosophy Working Group interim conference

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2012

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British Dance Institutions: Past and Present, Society for Dance Research 30th Anniversary Conference

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2012

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Cosmopolitan Animals, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2012

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Performance and Philosophy panel, PSi #17, Utrecht

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2011

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Royal Musicological Association Annual Conference: Horizons

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2011

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Performance and Intermediality working group, ASTR, Montreal

Kelina Gotman (Participant)

2011

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Making Sense II Colloquium, Paris, IRI-Centre Pompidou, Institut Telecom, and NYU in Paris

Kelina Gotman (Organiser)

2010

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Dance Ethnography Forum, De Montfort University

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2010

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Kinaesthetic Empathy: Contexts and Concepts, University of Manchester

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2010

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First International Epilepsy, Brain and Mind Congress

Kelina Gotman (Keynote/plenary speaker)

2010

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First International Epilepsy, Brain and Mind Congress

Kelina Gotman (Keynote/plenary speaker)

2010

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Colloque Art du Sens, Paris

Kelina Gotman (Invited speaker)

2010

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UNESCO International Dance Council congress, Malaga

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2009 → …

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Theatre and/as Psychoanalysis, Emory University

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2008

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Graduate Humanities Forum: Travel, University of Pennsylvania

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2007

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Dance and Culture Area, Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) annual conference, Boston

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2007

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PSi #12: Performing Rights, Queen Mary University of London

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2006

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PSi #11: Becoming Uncomfortable, Brown University

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2005

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Choreography and Corporeality working group, IFTR/FIRT, University of Maryland

Kelina Gotman (Participant)

2005

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New Scholars Forum, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR/FIRT), University of Maryland

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2005

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Columbia University Medieval Guild

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2003

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Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures Graduate Conference, Columbia University

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2003

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Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture (CCACC), Rutgers University

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2003

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English and American Literature and Language Graduate Conference, Harvard University

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2003

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Types of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Working Group

Kelina Gotman (Organiser)

20152018

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Core Convenor, Performance Philosophy

Kelina Gotman (Committee Member)

20122014

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External Assessor, BA Creative Arts

Kelina Gotman (Reviewer)

2011

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Institute of Neurochoreography: First Open Congress (Matthias Sperling)

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2 Nov 2018

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Moving Medicine

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

1 Nov 2018

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Neurovision

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

1 May 2018

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Dynamic Tensions: The Physical Culture Theatre Show & The Global Transmission of Health, Fitness and Manliness

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

13 Oct 2017

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nicht schlafen. Choreographic Forum on Alain Platel and the Ballets C de la B's nicht schlafen

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

3 Jul 2017

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Translating Theatre

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

21 Oct 2016

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Politics and Revolution

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

16 Oct 2016

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Translatio: Movement, Migration, Dance

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

27 Apr 2016

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The Rite of Spring lecture and debate

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

2009

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The Rite of Spring post-show discussion with Michael Keegan-Dolan and Fabulous Dance Theatre, ENO production, London Coliseum

Kelina Gotman (Presenter)

2009

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Round Table on Olivier Cadiot, French-American Theatre Dialogue Series, CUNY Graduate Centre, New York

Kelina Gotman (Participant)

2005

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Irish Research Council

Kelina Gotman (Reviewer)

20172018

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BBC World Have Your Say: All That Stands in the Way

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

21 Mar 2014

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Radio interview with Julia Lee Barclay and Bill Aitchison, Resonance FM

Kelina Gotman (Host)

2009

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Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Choreomania: Birth of a Concept

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

20 Oct 2018

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Ergon, Energeia: Of Work

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

20 Sep 2018

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Foucault, Theatre, Critique

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

23 Jun 2017

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Venus in Furs: Painting to Page, a Passage

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

1 Mar 2017

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‘Fearless Speech’: Foucault and the Theatre of Truth

Kelina Gotman (Speaker)

18 Jan 2017

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Types of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellow in the Medical Humanities

Kelina Gotman (Recipient)

20082009

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Teaching Centre Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Kelina Gotman (Recipient)

20062007

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Columbia University Graduate Union Travel Grant

Kelina Gotman (Recipient)

20052008

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Marjorie Hope Nicolson Fellow

Kelina Gotman (Recipient)

20022008

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