Vice Dean in Research and Professor in Artistic Research, Dr. Leena Rouhiainen, is head of the Performing Arts Research Centre of the Theatre Academy, University of the Arts in Helsinki, Finland. She is a dancer-choreographer and dance scholar. Together with her artistic collaborators, she has received several national awards artistic work in Finland. She has published articles related to phenomenology, somatics and artistic research and dance. She has been awarded funding for several research projects related to dance, embodiment and artistic research. She has co-edited Ways of Knowing in Dance and Art (2007) and Dance Spaces: Practices of Movement (2012). She has been the chair and vice-chair of the board of Nordic Forum for Research in Dance (NOFOD). She is a member of the Executive Board of the Society for Artistic Research (SAR).
Laura Gröndahl & Leena Rouhiainen Getting Started with Networking and Presenting Doctoral Artistic Research
The chapter aims to support artistic doctoral candidates in the initial stages of their research in presenting and publishing their work. It does this by mapping some of the main research communities, events and journals within artistic research related to the performing arts. In addition to introducing some of the central international platforms, the focus is on offerings in the Nordic countries, owing to the fact that the authors are based in Finland. The chapter intends to provide useful advice on how a newcomer to artistic research can approach and utilise the existing opportunities in order to advance her or his research and become an active member of the larger community of artistic research. The chapter ends with a summary of the relevant organisations, publications and events in the field.
Kirsi Heimonen & Leena Rouhiainen Notes on and Examples of Embodiment in Artistic Research of Dance and Performance
The essay discusses the problem of embodiment in artistic research dealing with dance and performance and offers some conceptual and methodological insights that can be of help in crafting new doctoral research in the area. It introduces previous notions related to embodiment within dance studies, especially phenomenological dance research, and offers some topical views from body studies. All of them bear significance to the cases of artistic doctoral research that are likewise discussed. Through the mentioned research examples, the essay aims to highlight how artistic research, performance practice, and conceptions of embodiment can inform each other. The specific interest is in how their intertwinement fosters understanding, as well as ways of working with and exposing dance and performance. The overall aim of the essay is to offer readers insights that serve designing and conducting artistic research whose focal concern is related to the performing body, mainly from the perspective of dance and choreography.