Author Archives: Laura Griffiths

About Laura Griffiths

I am a PhD Research student at the University of Leeds, currently in the second year of my research, a Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). My programme of study is unique in that I have a collaborative research partner- Phoenix Dance Theatre, a contemporary repertory company based in Leeds. I have a background in Dance Studies, with a BA (Hons) and an MA from the University of Surrey. I became interested in archval dance practice after my role within the Pioneer Women: early British modern dancers project at the National Resource Centre for Dance, University of Surrey (2008-2010) http://www.surrey.ac.uk/library/nrcd/projects/pioneer/index.htm. The reserach and archiving I undertook during this project made me curious about what materials we archive and why in relation to dance. It also raised some interesting questions with regards to how dance archives are organised and therefore interpreted by the historian/researcher. Following my first year of study, my PhD reserach has now taken me in a more philosophical direction through both archival theories and concepts of embodiment.

Year 2…

I made it through my upgrade unscathed! It was a really useful and interesting process, albeit a bit terrifying! I have been quiet for a while as I have been really focussed upon my data gathering, I have been doing … Continue reading

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Upgrade

My upgrade assessment to the full PhD programme is imminent and I have spent some time trying to articulate exactly what my contribution to knowledge is and the originality of my research. I think what makes my research unique is … Continue reading

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Welcome to my blog!

Thank you for visiting my recently conceived blog! I am studying for a PhD at the University of Leeds and in collaboration with Phoenix Dance Theatre, the research is concerned with dance archives, the limitations of the knowledge which they … Continue reading

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