Hailing from Berlin, Dr Elena Benthaus is a (former) dancer and now popular screendance scholar, who graduated with a PhD in Dance Studies from the University of Melbourne in 2016. Elena’s research on dance on the popular screen sits in between the disciplines and theoretical lineages of screendance studies, screen studies, cultural studies, popular music cultures, and fandom/spectatorship studies. Her scholarship can be found in The International Journal of Screendance and The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition. She also currently serves as the Chair of the emerging PoP Moves Australia/Australasia network (check out: https://popmoves.com/). Needless to say, dance is always on her mind. Follow her on Insta (@tiny_office_dances) for some tiny office dances and some disco kitchen stories.
Sumedha Bhattacharyya, 1993, Dance artist, ethnographer and screen-dance practitioner, India. Sumedha’s practice attempts to weave multiple disciplines that bring the performing in conversation with visual: like screen dance film making, performance installation, sound design, performance art, sound sculpture. She is trained in Indian classical Kathak dance, exposed to a global dance scenario through her Choreomundus Masters in Dance Knowledge practice and Heritage. Her research questions revolve around the dialogue between the performing and the visual, the ‘untouchability’ of tradition realizing its relevance in the contemporary context. Parallelly she will also be teaching a course on Screen-dance as a part-time visiting faculty in Ashoka University, India 2020.
Kelly Bowker is a PhD candidate in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Her research uses critical race studies to examine the way that technology is represented and utilised in live and mediated dance. Bowker has received grants from Zellerbach Foundation in San Francisco and the DCASE in Chicago for the development of her choreography.
Beatriz Herrera Corado, 1992, Guatemala. Artist, researcher, writer. Beatriz started her academic journey graduating from a BA in Anthropology and Literature (2014). She completed the program Choreomundus: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage in 2018. Beatriz is experienced in western contemporary dance and contact improvisation. Her dance practice in contact improvisation led her to develop a research anchored in ethnochoreology and phenomenology, wondering how the backgrounds of practitioners remain immanent in an improvisatory practice. Beatriz has participated in multicultural performances and site-specific interventions including museum galleries in Norway, Hungary, and London; and also staged choreographic works in Guatemala City. She has written the poetry book Hacia la tempestad [Magna Terra Editores, 2016]. Currently, Beatriz is an independent researcher and dance artist, member of the International Council of Traditional Music and dance, and the Multílogos project.
Belinda Glynn is a doctoral candidate at Monash University. She is interested in how female stars operated as figures of power and negotiation in classical Hollywood and spends much too much time watching black and white movies in the name of research.
Alexandra Harlig has a PhD in Dance Studies with a graduate minor in Comparative Cultural Studies from The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on performances of predominantly Black popular dance forms on the Internet; the political and economic analysis of their production, circulation, and reception; the cultures and identities captured; and the platforms utilized. She is concerned with issues of genre, race, and sociality of makers and viewers on the Internet, intersecting with larger interests in labor, authorship, representation, fans and audiences, and the presentation of self, in digital and social media. Find her online at @ReadyMadeAl and alexandraharlig.com
Wesley Lim is a lecturer in German Studies at the Australian National University. His research focuses on representation of and discourses on dance and performance in German and Austrian Literature and Screen. His articles have appeared in publications such as Kulturpoetik, the Journal of Austrian Studies, Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, Dance Chronicle, Dance Research Journal, Studies in European Cinema and German Politics and Society.
Russell Manning’s PhD Thesis was on the intersection of Jean Baudrillard’s conceptual writing and the films of Charlie Kaufman and Wes Anderson. Its title is "Wes Anderson and Charlie Kaufman did not happen. Is there a Baudrillardian film philosophy?: He has published on David Lynch, Terence Malick, JD Salinger in terms of their intersection with philosophy. His last article for Peephole was on Nicholas Cage and Mandy. He rarely dances.
Dara Milovanović is an Assistant Professor and Programme Coordinator in Dance at University of Nicosia in Cyprus. She teaches contextual dance studies, dance research, contemporary dance technique and jazz dance. Dara holds a PhD in Dance Studies from Kingston University London, UK. She is the author of "Cabaret: A Study in Choreography of Fascism, Sexuality, and Politics" in Perspectives on American Dance. The Twentieth Century and the Bob Fosse entry for the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism. Her research interests include cultural analysis of popular and screen dance with particular emphasis on gender and feminism.
Whitney Monaghan is an Assistant Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University. Her background is in screen, media and cultural studies and her research examines the representation of gender, queer and youth identities, digital culture, and new forms of screen media. She is the author of Queer Girls, Temporality and Screen Media: Not 'Just a Phase'(Palgrave, 2016).
Kate Warren is a Lecturer of Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University. She received her PhD in Art History from Monash University in 2016, and her current research focuses on cross-overs within contemporary film, video, moving image and photographic practices She was previously a curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, and she writes regularly about contemporary art and cinema, including in publications such as emaj: Online Journal of Art, Senses of Cinema, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, History of Photography, Persona Studies and Discipline.