Public Defense Michael O’Connor and Symposium

maandag 11 december 2023, 09:45 - 16:30 uur
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam


Public Defense Michael O’Connor and Symposium 11 December 2023

PhD Defense of Michael O'Connor

9:45 AM – Auditorium Vrije Universiteit

Michael O'Connor, dancer and movement researcher, will present his project, 'Embodied Lines: creating withness through perceived, bodily, and imagined lines.’ O'Connor's research delves into the intricate relationship between the mind, body, and environment. His work offers a fresh perspective on how lines play a fundamental role in our experience. The body creates lines through movement, the mind conceives of lines in the form of timelines, conceptual boundaries, or imagined movement, and the body also perceives lines in our surroundings, shaping our understanding of the world. Lines are not only the subject of the research but also the method and data. O'Connor introduces the term "Embodied Lines" as a unique approach to this subject, carving its own path in the emerging field of Linealogy.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Alan Cienki, Vrije Universiteit

Co-Supervisor: Dr. Ilse van Rijn, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste

Practice Supervisor: Prof. Martin Nachbar, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main


Defense Opponents:

Prof. Dr. K. Kwastek: Vrije Universiteit

Dr. C.J. Forceville: Universiteit van Amsterdam

Prof. Dr. A.K. Twemlow: Universiteit van Amsterdam

Dr. L. van Dijk: Universiteit Antwerpen

Prof. Dr. F. Lampert: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste




Mini-Symposium - "What a Line Does: Lines of Thought Across Disciplines"

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM NU Building, Room 02A-65

Following the defense, an exciting Mini-Symposium awaits, exploring lines and movement from diverse perspectives. This symposium features contributions from various fields and practices, including insights from Dr. Charles Forceville, Prof. Dr. Friederike Lampert, Dr. Ilse van Riin, Dr. Alison Isadora, and with artistic practices from Michael O’Connor. This event offers a unique opportunity to delve into the realm of lines, exploring connections between the realms of mind, body, and environment. 

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