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Barbara Sellers-Young

BS Sociology, MS Dance, Phd Theatre

Barbara Sellers-Young has a BS in Sociology, MS in Dance and a PhD in Theatre from the University of Oregon. She is Professor in the Department of Dance at York University. She previously taught in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC/Davis, and at universities in England, China, and Australia. Her research projects on the intersections of performance, body and globalization have taken place in Sudan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Nepal, China, England, and Australia. Her articles can be found in The Journal of Popular Culture, Theatre Topics, Asian Theatre Journal, Dance Research Journal and elsewhere. She is the author of five books including: Teaching Personality with Gracefulness, Breathing, Movement, Exploration and an edited volume titled Embodied Consciousness: Technologies of Performance. Professor Sellers-Young’s research has been supported by fellowships from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada), American Council of Learned Societies (United States) and the Centre for Cultural Research into Risk, Charles Sturt University, Australia, as well as numerous grants, including a Davis Humanities Fellowship and a Pacific Rim Planning Grant. She served for two years as convener of the International Federation of Theatre Research Working Group: Theory and Practice of Performing and from 2008 to 2010 as president of the Congress on Research in Dance. She is the recipient of the 2011 Dixie Durr Award for Outstanding Service to Dance Research.

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Institution: York University
Department: Dance Department
Street Address: 3579 Outrigger Place
City: Corvallis
State/ Province/ Region: Oregon
Postal/ Zip Code: 97333
Country: United States
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Discipline: Other
Category: Researchers
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Publications (listing):

2013 “Stillness in Motion – Motion in Stillness: Contemplative Practice and the Performing Arts”, Reconfiguring Consciousness – Performance Technologies, New York: Palgrave.

2010 “Breath, Perception, and Action: The Body and Critical Thinking.” Performing Consciousness. ed. Per Brask and Daniel Myer-Dinkgrafe, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 63-73.

2000 “One Pointed Mind: Japanese Influence on Contemporary Actor Training in the United States,” Japanese Theatre in its International Context, ed. Samuel Leiter and Stanca Scholz-Ciona, Netherlands: Brill of Leiden, 2000: 397-409.

2008 “Consciousness, Contemplation and the Academy,” Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, 9/1 (April) 1-15.

2008 “Dance, Mimesis and the Conscious Body,” Performance: Before, During and After, Sydney: University of Sydney, 1-12.

2002 “Breath, Perception, and Action: The Body and Critical Thinking,” Consciousness, Literature, and the Arts,” 3/2 (August 2002) 1-15.

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