Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Becoming undisciplined: Interdisciplinary issues and methods in dance studies dissertations from 2007–09
by Bergman, Christine, Ph.D., Temple University, 2012, 287; 3509033
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to begin to articulate the theoretical identity of the field of dance studies as an academic discipline and to produce a feminist intervention into the phenomena of disembodied scholarship, while asking questions about disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity within dance studies historically and today.

My primary research questions are: What are dance studies research methods? And, which research methods, if any, are inherent to dance as an academic discipline? In order to answer these seemingly direct and simple questions, I also question the assumption that we know what dance studies research methods are.

In Chapter 1 I first introduce and qualify myself as a dance artist and scholar, connecting my own experiences to my research; I narrate my research questions in detail and describe the significance, limitations, and scope of this project. In Chapters 2 and 3 I provide a history of the disciplinary and interdisciplinary origins of dance studies in higher education and situate that history within contemporary conversations in dance studies on disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity. In Chapter 4 I offer an analysis of the National Dance Education Organization's (NDEO) Research Priorities for Dance Education: A Report to the Nation and The Dance Education Literature and Research descriptive index (DELRdi), an online searchable database that aims to document all literature and research in dance education (not dance studies) from 1926 to the present, as it relates to issues and methods in my own research. In Chapter 5 I identify and describe current research methods found in all dance studies dissertations granted from the 4 doctoral programs in Dance in the United States over a three-year period. This chapter begins to articulate the current theoretical identity of the field. I examine and report on current trends in dance studies research methods and draw comparisons across dance studies doctoral programs, setting the foundation for future discussion of dance studies research methods. In Chapter 6 I summarize the project and make suggestions for the future.

A feminist lens is used throughout as a way of providing a feminist intervention into the phenomena of disembodied scholarship by asking questions about research methods (particularly the use of critical theory as a method for research and writing about dance) and if or how particular research methods lead to the production of embodied or disembodied scholarship.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Welsh, Kariamu, Hilsendager, Sarah
Commitee: Kahlich, Luke, Levitt, Laura, Melzer, Patricia
School: Temple University
Department: Dance
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance, Womens studies, Performing Arts
Keywords: 2009, Dance education, Dance studies, Dissertations, Feminist theory, Interdisciplinarity, Performance studies, Research methods
Publication Number: 3509033
ISBN: 978-1-267-35176-0
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