Arseli Dokumacı is a postdoctoral researcher at Concordia University Mobile Media Lab.

Arseli received her PhD degree in performance studies from Aberystwyth University in 2012, following an MA in Film and Communication from Bahcesehir University and a BA in translation studies from Bogazici University. Her PhD was funded by the Department of Theatre, Film and TV Studies and as a doctoral student; she was the recipient of Overseas Research Students Award. In her PhD project entitled “Misfires that matter: Invisible disabilities and performances of the everyday”, Arseli investigated everyday practices in relation to mobility-related pain and impairments. As part of this practice-led project, she created a two-hour ethnographic documentary on the everyday lives of people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). She presented the resulting documentary at a variety of national and international conferences, including Performance Studies international (PSi) and International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). Arseli has also been invited to screen her documentary to an audience of medical professionals at more than a dozen of meetings held in UK, Italy, Canada and Turkey.

The first article stemming from her PhD work (“Performance of Muslim Daily Prayer by Physically Disabled Practitioners”) was published in Disability in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Palgrave, 2010). Her second article “On falling ill” is forthcoming in Performance Research Journal (August, 2013).

Arseli is the chair of emerging scholars committee and a board member of Performance Studies international. She works as the project assistant and archivist for the 2015 Fluid States project, the 21st conference that PSi will be organizing as a globally dispersed event. Arseli is part of the organizing team for Trans-Montreal, the symposium that will be held in 2015 in Montreal as part of the Fluid States project. Arseli is also a member of the Performance and Disability working group at IFTR.

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Research interests

Performance, performativity, transdisciplinarity
everyday life practices, ethnography, image-based research
disability, health, biomedical discourse