Member, RA 5: Building Digital Communities
Lindsey Drury is a historian whose research addresses 'literary dances' and the history of dance's performative intermediation. As a Postdoc member of the Cluster of Excellence Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in the Global Perspective, Drury works alongside her colleages in "RA5, Building Digital Communities" to bring a digital humanist perspective to the Cluster and draws from digital humanities methods to develop her Postdoctoral research project, "In the Mirror of ‘Pagan Dance’: North American indigenous dance and the quest for European origins".
Drury completed her doctorate (2019) in Early Modern Studies as a part of the consortium Erasmus Mundus PhD program Text and Event in Early Modern Europe at the Freie Universität-Berlin and the University of Kent at Canterbury. As a doctoral student, Drury researched what literary expressions of dance contributed to wider early modern discourses on embodiment. Her PhD dissertation, "Three Imagined Dances: the somatics of early modern textual mediation" thus explored the interrelated expressions of dance that emerged from otherwise vastly different literary sources in the early modern period: printed books of hours, the Renaissance erotic novel Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, and the medico-theological writing of Paracelsus. Prior to her PhD studies, Drury self-designed her curriculum for Liberal Studies MA in the subject of 'Body and Historicity' at the City University of New York and completed a thesis (2015) on the dance works of the Swiss-American choreographer Yvonne Meier. Drury continues to relate her scholarly pursuits in digital humanities, performance studies, dance history, and literary history to her artistic practice in new-media dance and performance.
In the Mirror of ‘Pagan Dance’: North American indigenous dance and the quest for European origins.
Research project for Temporal Communities RA 5: Building Digital Communities.
Three Imagined Dances: the somatics of early modern textual mediation
PhD Dissertation (2019), Text and Event in Early Modern Europe Erasmus Mundus PhD program.