Research Excerpt

Mother Libation 1 Carol Marie Webster

Over the past decade I have conducted research in four  primary areas: 1) Muslim identity among young African Diaspora migrants in the US and UK, examining issues of new identity formation; 2) the intersection of Christian identity, femininity and dance, using dance as a lens to conduct critical interrogations into the role of religion in the construction of gendered identities;  3) disability and world making, examining religious identity formation for persons with disabilities,  4) ‘race,’ dance and activism, exploring the ways in which professional dance artists/activist inspire  critical dialogue around notions of the body that unpacks the hegemony of body value at play in western societies.

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Public engagements are  essential components/outputs to the research projects I undertake.  These take the form of workshops, performances, and audience-researcher-artists exchanges. Below the performance work Pears and Mangoes one of the outcomes of the research project Construction and Subordination of the Feminine 2004 – 2006

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