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Arneli DOKUMACI

Dept. of Anthropology | University of Copenhagen
Presentation, "Vital Affordances, Occupying Niches: An Ecological Approach to Disability and Performance"

I am a postdoctoral researcher working as part of the ERC-funded project, “The Vitality of Disease – Quality of Life in the Making” (PI, Ayo Wahlberg). Before joining the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen, I was a Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FQRSC) postdoctoral fellow at McGill University, Social Studies of Medicine Department. I received my PhD in performance studies from Aberystwyth University and completed postdoctoral research at Concordia University’s Mobile Media Lab.  

My research lies at the interface of performance and disability studies, and social studies of medicine. Its central question concern the way everyday life is practiced and experienced in ill health and disablement, on the one hand, and the way these practices and experiences are turned into a form of knowledge and measurement in medicine, on the other. As a video-maker, I am interested in developing new ways of representing daily living with chronic diseases and disability through creative uses of visual media. In my visual ethnographies, I apply the theory of affordances to the context of disability and performance so as to understand how chronically ill and/or disabled individuals are remaking the everyday through their micro-practices.