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2009-2010: Graduate Research Assistant (Managing Editor, Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation)

University of Guelph

Michelle Peek is entering her second year of the University of Guelph’s PhD program in English and Theatre Studies. Her MA thesis draws on theories of embodiment, performance, photography and psychoanalysis in her reading of The Century Project’s unconventional nude photographic portraits. Her academic interests include: feminist theories of embodiment, cultural studies, postcolonial literature, political theatre, trauma narratives, and ecofeminism.

So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag