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  • Convenor MA Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Convenor and Chair, MA Text and Performance Studies, 2009-11
  • Audrey and William H Helfand Fellow in the Medical Humanities, New York Academy of Medicine, 2008-9

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Theatre and Performance History and Theory
  • Cultural Theory
  • Science, Nature and Performance, including Medicine and Psychiatry
  • Dance
  • Heritage
  • Institutions

Dr Kelina Gotman's work is interdisciplinary, drawing from the medical humanities, history, philosophy, and cultural theory. She is currently completing a book on dance manias in 19th century medical literature, in which she describes the emergence of the "choreomania” (“dance mania”) diagnosis in medical and anthropological circles in Europe and the colonial world.  Her research on zoanthropy, including lycanthropy and tarantism, was supported by an Audrey and William H Helfand Fellowship in the Medical Humanities at the New York Academy of Medicine, and forms part of a larger project on ethnofiction, translation and theatre. She has a longstanding interest in “world” cultures and the institutional structures that “house” them; current projects involve dance tourism and cultural policy, including tango in Buenos Aires.  She is also interested in heritage, including Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), and concepts of history, home and “authenticity".

Dr Gotman runs a working session on “the dancing-place” for the American Society for Theatre Research, adapting this notion from cultural geography to consider concepts of history and place in performance research.  She serves on the steering committee for the Performing Medicine project, and is actively interested in aspects of movement, health and disease.  Dr Gotman is also actively involved in developing an international and interdisciplinary theatre and performance research network at King’s, to facilitate collaboration between artists and scholars across areas.  She has been involved with contemporary art and art theory (Parachute), business strategy (Mitchell Madison Group), and arts consultancy (Festival International de Nouvelle Danse/International New Dance Festival, FIND, Montreal; Misnomer Dance Theatre, New York; English National Opera Baylis, London).

Dr Gotman is interested in hearing from potential research students working on the history and philosophy of theatre and performance, including dance; topics involving science, nature, and performance, including medicine and psychiatry; projects on cultural heritage; cultural and/or critical theory, including cultural policy; dramaturgy; rhetoric; translation; language; history of ideas; and history and theory of disciplines and institutions.

Projects international and/or interdisciplinary in scope are particularly welcome, as are practice-based research projects, leading to a PhD by Performance or collaborative doctoral award (CDA).

For more details, please see her full research profile.


Dr Gotman has taught the following undergraduate modules: Experimental Theatre; Introduction to Literary Theories; Science, Nature, and Performance; Language of Dance.

She has also taught the following MA courses: Performance Research Methods, Imprints of Performance (MA Text and Performance Studies); Theatre and Performance Research Methods; Performance Lab; Guided Study (Internship option); Dissertation (MA Theatre and Performance Studies).