Chair
Theatre Studies
Date of appointment 01.09.2006
Inaugural lecture date 18.01.2008
Profile

Maaike Bleeker is professor in Theatre Studies in the Department of Media & Culture Studies. She studied Art History, Philosophy and Theatre Studies, and received her PhD from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. In her work she combines approaches from the arts and performance with insights from philosophy, media theory and cognitive science. Much of her research focuses on processes of embodied and technologically mediated perception and transmission, with a special interest in the relationship between technology, movement and embodied perception and cognition. Current research subjects include social robotics, spectacular astronomy and the intersection of performance studies and space studies, posthuman performativity, corporeal literacy, digital archiving of artistic work, and artistic creation processes.

Bleeker is an experienced dramaturge, having collaborated with theatre directors and choreographers for more than fifteen years. She performed in several lecture performances, ran her own theatre company (Het Oranjehotel) and translated five plays that were performed by major Dutch theatre companies. She was an artist in residence at the Amsterdam School for the Arts, taught at the Piet Zwart postgraduate program in Fine Arts (Rotterdam) and at the School for New Dance Development (Amsterdam). She was member of the jury of the Dutch National Theatre Festival TF (2007-2008) and she served as president of Performance Studies international (2011-2016).

She received a VENI research grant for her project “See Me, Feel Me, Think Me: The Body of Semiotics”. January-June 2012 she was a visiting scholar at NYU (Performance Studies), September/October 2015 visiting research fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW, Sydney and, May-July 2016, Thinker in Residence at the Deakin Motion Lab, Melbourne.

Her monograph Visuality in the Theatre was published by Palgrave (2008). She (co) edited several volumes including Anatomy Live. Performance and the Operating Theatre (2008) Performance and Phenomenology: Traditions and Transformations (Routledge 2015) and Transmission in Motion. The Technologizing of Dance (Routledge, 2016). She is member of the editorial team of the book series MediaMatters (Amsterdam University Press), Thamyris (Rodopi) and Thinking Through Theatre  (Bloomsbury, https://thinkingthroughtheatrebookseries.wordpress.com/), member of the editorial board of Theatre Survey, the journal of the American Society for Theatre Research (2017 and 2018), associate editor of Performance Paradigm, Member of the International Advisory Board of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP), and chair of the Board of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA)

Involved in the following study programme(s)
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Curriculum vitae

01-09-2006 -   Full Professor in Theatre Studies, Department of Media & Culture Studies, UU

2003-2006  Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies, UvA

2002- 2004 Teacher (theory & composition, research advice), School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam.

4 July 2002 PhD (cum laude) Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, UvA

1999-2003 Tutor and lecturer at the Piet Zwart Institute, postgraduate program in fine arts, Rotterdam.

1995 Doctoraal (equals BA + MA) Philosophy of Art & Culture, UvA

1994 Doctoraal (equals BA + MA) cum laude Theatre Studies, UvA

1994 Doctoraal (equals BA + MA) Art History, UvA

 

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Key publications

Bleeker, M.A. (2016). Transmission in Motion - The Technologizing of Dance. (244 p.). London and New York: Routledge.

Bleeker, M.A., Nedelkopoulou, Eirini & Foley Sherman, Jon (2015). Performance and Phenomenology - Traditions and Transformations. (254 p.). New York and London: Routledge.

Bleeker, Maaike & van der Tuin, Iris (2014). Science in the Performance Stratum - Hunting for Higgs and Nature as Performance. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 10 (2), (pp. 232-45) (14 p.).

Bleeker, M.A. (2008). Visuality in the Theatre. The Locus of Looking. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmilan.

All publications
  2018 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A. (2018). "Peter Pan and Feminist Theatre Studies". In Rosemarie Buikema, Liedeke Plate & Kathrin Thiele (Eds.), Doing Gender in Media, Art, Culture - A Comprehensive Guide to Gender Studies (pp. 182-194) (13 p.). London & New York: Routledge.
  2017 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A. (2017). "(Re)enacting Thinking in Movement". In Mark Franko (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Reenactment (pp. 215-228) (14 p.). New York: Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Bleeker, M.A. (2017). Das Geschlecht von Peter Pan und die feministische Theaterwissenschaft. In Rosemarie Buikema & Kathrin Thiele (Eds.), Doing Gender in Medien-, Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften - Eine Einführung (pp. 195-2012) (18 p.). Münster: Lit Verlag.
Bleeker, M.A. (2017). Lifeness after the Internet. In Leevi Haapala, Eija Aarnio & Jari-Pekka Vanhala (Eds.), ARS 17 Hello World - Art After the Internet (pp. 60-63) (4 p.). Helsinki: Finnish National Gallery.
Bleeker, M.A. (2017). Thinking That Matters - Towards a Post-Anthropocentric Approach to Performance Design. In Joslin McKinney & Scott Palmer (Eds.), Scenography Expanded - An Introduction to Contemporary Performance Design (pp. 125-135) (11 p.). London and New York: Bloomsbury.
  2017 - Articles
Bleeker, M.A. (2017). Asiat keksivät mediät - Käännösesee mediaatiosta, joka on ihimisen attelun ja aistimaailman laajentuma. Nuori Voima, 2017 (4-5), (pp. 62-66) (5 p.).
Bleeker, M.A. (2017). Knowing as Distributed Practice - Twenty-First Century Encounters with the Universe. Studies in Material Thinking, 16, (pp. 1-12) (12 p.).
Bleeker, M.A. (2017). Who Knows? The Universe as Technospace. Early Popular Visual Culture, 15 (2), (pp. 247-257) (11 p.).
  2017 - Invited talk
Bleeker, M.A. (10.03.2017) Invited speaker Dance Data: Libraries and Process Coventry (10.03.2017) "Thinking Through Technology"
  2016 - Book editorship
Bleeker, M.A. (2016). Transmission in Motion - The Technologizing of Dance. (244 p.). London and New York: Routledge.
  2016 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A. (2016). "Mick Douglas' Pickled Butoh: - 'Sal de Sal' as NatureCulture". In Mick Douglas (Eds.), Performing Mobilities - exhibition catalogue (pp. 57). Melbourne: RMIT University.
Bleeker, M.A. (2016). Introduction. In Maaike Bleeker (Eds.), Transmission in Motion - The technologizing of dance (pp. xiix). London and New York: Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. & deLahunta, Scott (2016). Movement Across Media - Twelve Tools for Transmission. Transmission in Motion - The Technologizing of Dance (pp. 3-15). London and New York: Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. (2016). Pensar O Pensamento de Ninguém. In Paulo Caldas & Ernesto Gadelha (Eds.), Danca Dramaturgia (pp. 149-170) (21 p.). Sao Paulo: Nexus.
Bleeker, M.A. (2016). The Tour of all Tours - Bill Aitchison's meta-tourism. In Mick Douglas (Eds.), Performing Mobilities - exhibition catalogue (pp. 109). Melbourne: RMIT University.
Bleeker, M.A. & Jansa, Janez (2016). War & P.E.A.C.E. In Gay Morris & Jens Giersdorf (Eds.), Choreographies of 21st Century Wars (pp. 223-240). Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Bleeker, M.A. (2016). What if this were an archive? Abstraction, enactment and human implicatedness. Transmission in Motion - The technologizing of dance. (pp. 199- 214). London & New York: Routledge.
  2016 - Invited talk
Bleeker, M.A. (06.05.2016) Keynote speaker Conventions of Proximity in Art, Theatre and Performance London (05.05.2016 - 06.05.2016)
Bleeker, M.A. (07.06.2016) Invited speaker 'In Conversation' with Scott deLahunta and Maaike Bleeker Melbourne (07.06.2016)
Bleeker, M.A. (01.12.2016) Invited speaker international platform for sustainable access to media art Lecture "Reenactment and the Lifeness of Media" at Unfold#3 Reinterpreting the Digital.
Bleeker, M.A. (12.07.2016) Invited speaker Tree Drawings, Beach Animals, Drawing Robts and Dancing Avatars: Some Speculations on Non-Organic Intelligence Melbourne (12.07.2016) Tree Drawings, Beach Animals, Drawing Robots and Dancing Avatars: Some Speculations on Non-organic Intelligence
Bleeker, M.A. (31.03.2016) Invited speaker Worlding the Brain. Amsterdam (17.03.2016 - 19.03.2016)
  2016 - Visiting an external academic institution
Bleeker, M.A. (14.05.2016 14.07.2016) Visiting researcher Deakin University Thinker in Residence fellowship<br/><br/>May-July 2016, I was Thinker in Residence at the Motion Lab-Centre for Creative Arts Research at Deakin University (Melbourne). The Motion Lab’s movement technology-focused research programme specializes in tr
  2016 - Membership of committee
Bleeker, M.A. (23.07.2016) Member Rock/Body (Event) Rocks, bodies and contemporary technogenesis
  2015 - Book editorship
Bleeker, M.A., Nedelkopoulou, Eirini & Foley Sherman, Jon (2015). Performance and Phenomenology - Traditions and Transformations. (254 p.). New York and London: Routledge.
  2015 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A. (2015). De Sekse van Peter Pan en de feministische theaterwetenschap. In Rosemarie Buikema & Liedeke Plate (Eds.), Handboek Genderstudies in Media, Kunst en Cultuur (pp. 329-346) (17 p.). Uitgeverij Coutinho.
Bleeker, M.A., Foley Sherman, Jon & Nedelkopoulou, Eirini (2015). Introduction. Performance and Phenomenology - Traditions and Transformations (pp. 1-19) (19 p.). Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. (2015). Movement and 21st-Century Literacy. In Nicolas Salazar-Sutil & Sita Popat (Eds.), Digital Movement - Essays in Motion Technology and Performance (pp. 95-105) (10 p.). Palgrave Macmillan.
Bleeker, M.A. (2015). Movement as Lived Abstraction - The Logic of the Cut. In Maaike Bleeker, Eirini Nedelkopoulou & Jon Foley Sherman (Eds.), Performance and Phenomenology - Traditions and Transformations (pp. 35-53) (18 p.). New York and London: Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. (2015). Thinking No-One's Thought. In Pil Hansen & Darcey Callison (Eds.), Dance Dramaturgy - Modes of Agency, Awareness and Engagement (pp. 67-83) (16 p.). Palgrave Macmillan.
  2015 - Articles
Bleeker, M.A. (2015). Reenactment and the Rhythm of Thinking Together. Maska, Winter 2015 (169-171 (Triple Issue)), (pp. 132-141).
  2015 - Invited talk
Bleeker, M.A. (21.06.2015) Invited speaker Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space Prague (18.06.2015 - 28.06.2015) “Image wars and pixelated revolutions: critical strategies for inhabitants of images”,
Bleeker, M.A. (06.05.2015) Invited speaker University of Surrey Choreographies of Lived Abstraction
Bleeker, M.A. (19.02.2015) Keynote speaker Does it Matter? Composite Bodies and Posthuman Prototypes in Contemporary Performing Arts Ghent (17.02.2015 - 19.02.2015)
Bleeker, M.A. (17.12.2015) Invited speaker – Spectacular Astronomy. Une exploration de l’expérience spatiale et visuelle des spectacles astronomiques historiques, contemporains et futurs Tourcoing (17.12.2015) Inside Knowledge: Prehending the Universe Through 21st Century Media
Bleeker, M.A. (10.10.2015) Invited speaker PSi Fluid States Melbourne: Performing Mobilities Melbourne (08.10.2015 - 11.10.2015)
Bleeker, M.A. (27.02.2015 27.03.2015) Keynote speaker PSi Fluid States New Delhi: Rethinking Labor and the Creative Economy: Global Performative Perspectives New Delhi (27.02.2015 - 01.03.2015)
Bleeker, M.A. (05.11.2015) Keynote speaker PSi Fluid States Philippines: On Tilted Earth: Performance, Disaster, Resilience in Archipelagic Space Manilla (05.11.2015 - 08.11.2015)
Bleeker, M.A. (28.08.2015 28.09.2015) Invited speaker PSi Fluid States Tohoku: Beyond Contamination: Corporeality, Spirituality and Pilgrimage in Northern Japan. Aomori (28.08.2015 - 01.09.2015)
Bleeker, M.A. (21.09.2015) Invited speaker University of New South Wales Skeletons walking on the wind and the materiality of experience
Bleeker, M.A. (29.09.2015) Invited speaker VI Conference on New Materialism: Transversal Practices. Matter, Ecology and Relationality Melbourne (27.09.2015 - 29.09.2015)
Bleeker, M.A. (11.06.2015) Invited speaker L’Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Who Knows ? A New Materialist Approach to Agency in Astronomy
  2015 - Visiting an external academic institution
Bleeker, M.A. (18.09.2015 18.11.2015) Visiting researcher University of New South Wales Research Fellowship
  2015 - Membership of committee
Bleeker, M.A. (23.04.2015) Member Dance Engaging Science: Expanding on the Cognitive (Event) Work in progress presentation
Bleeker, M.A. (09.05.2015) Member Together in Solitude: Public Engagement in Interactive and Participatory Art (Event) Perceptions of Technologies: Corporeal Relevance and Ambiguous Freedom
  2014 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A. (2014). Challenging forth the Truth - Rabih Mroue's On Three Posters. Reflection on a Video-performance. In L.C. Felman & M. Blazevic (Eds.), MISperformance - Essays in Shifting Perspectives (pp. 171-182 ) (12 p.). Ljubljana: Maska.
Bleeker, Maaike (2014). I.M.Thinking Theatre/I.M. dans la pensée du theatre. In Eliane Beaufils (Eds.), Quand la scéne fait appel... - Le theatre contemporain et le poétique (pp. 135-147) (13 p.). Parijs: 'l Harmattan.
Bleeker, M.A. (2014). Merchants or Maths? Thinking Bodies and Dancing Selves. In D Brown & M Vos (Eds.), Ballet Why and How? (pp. 69-80) (12 p.). Arnhem: ArtEZ Press.
  2014 - Articles
Bleeker, Maaike & Freitas Vale Germano, Isis (2014). Perceiving and Believing: An Enactive Approach to Spectatorship. Theatre Journal, 66 (3), (pp. 363-383) (21 p.).
Bleeker, Maaike & van der Tuin, Iris (2014). Science in the Performance Stratum - Hunting for Higgs and Nature as Performance. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 10 (2), (pp. 232-45) (14 p.).
  2014 - Invited talk
Bleeker, M.A. (04.11.2014) Invited speaker Moving in November Festival Helsinki (04.11.2014) Choreographies of Lived Abstraction
Bleeker, M.A. (28.05.2014) Invited speaker Volt/Literaturhuset Lecture "Subversion and Self-design in the Age of Digital Media"
Bleeker, M.A. (28.10.2014) Invited speaker University of Aberysthwyth Lecture titled "The Mise-en-Scene of Trial: From the Construction of Truth to Thought Image" in the Performance and Politics Distinguished Speaker Series
Bleeker, M.A. (24.09.2014) Invited speaker New Materialist Methodologies: Gender, Politics, the Digital: 5th Annual Conference on the New Materialisms Barcelona (25.09.2014 - 26.09.2014)
  2014 - Membership of committee
Bleeker, M.A. (31.08.2014) Member Heritage Interfaces (Event) The Technologization of Dance<br/><br/>My talk is be based on conclusions drawn from a volume I recently finished editing about digitalization projects initiated from the field of dance (Transmission in Motion. The Technologization of Dance, forthcom
  2013 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A. (2013). Being Janez Jansa. In M Causey & F Walsh (Eds.), Performance, Identity, and the Neo-Political Subject (pp. 138-153) (16 p.). New York and London: Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. (2013). Lecture Performances as Contemporary Dance. In S Manning (Eds.), New German Dance Studies (pp. 232--246) (15 p.). Urbana, Chicago & Springfield: University of Illinois Press.
Bleeker, Maaike (2013). Performing (I) Live. Choreographie—Medien—Gender (pp. 111-123) (13 p.). Zurich: diaphanes.
  2013 - Paper
Bleeker, M.A. & van der Tuin, I. (26.06.2013). Curated panel ‘The Big Bang Show: Everything you always wanted to know about causality but were afraid to ask'. Now Then: Performance&Temporality, Performance Studies international #19.
  2012 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A., Bal, M., Korsten, F.W. & Carpenter, B. (2012). Cultural Analysis-The Joseph Plays. In J Bloemendal & F.W. Korsten (Eds.), Joost van den Vondel. Dutch Playwright in the Golden Age (pp. 317-340) (652 p.). Leiden / Boston: Brill.
Bleeker, M.A. (2012). Limited Visibility. In M Hernández-Navarro & M.G. Bal (Eds.), Art and Visibility in Migratory Culture: Conflict, Resistance, and Agency (pp. 143-160) (350 p.). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
Bleeker, M.A. (2012). Movement, Images, Imagination: The Argument from Dance. In G. Brandstetter & G. Brandt-Risi (Eds.), Hold it! – Zur Pose zwischen Bild und Performance. (pp. 68-79) (12 p.). Berlijn: Theater der Zeit.
Bleeker, M.A. (2012). Performing the Image: Rabih Mroué’s Lecture-Performances. In M. Hlavajova & J. Winder (Eds.), Rabih Mroué: A BAK critical Readers in Artists’ Practice (pp. 178-199) (255 p.). Utrecht/Rotterdam: BAK & Post Editions.
  2012 - Articles
Bleeker, M.A. (2012). (Un)covering Artistic Thought Unfolding. Dance Research Journal, 44 (2), (pp. 13-26) (14 p.).
Bleeker, M.A. (2012). Introduction Memory & Technology. Performance Research, 17 (3), (pp. 1-7) (7 p.).
Bleeker, M.A. (2012). Media Dramaturgies of the Mind: Ivana Müller’s Cinematic Choreographies. Performance Research, 17 (5), (pp. 61-70) (10 p.).
  2012 - Editorial activity
Bleeker, M.A. (2012) Editorial board member Performance Research (Journal)
Bleeker, M.A. (2012) Editorial board member Rodopi (Publisher) Member Editorial Board Thamyris Bookseries
  2012 - Invited talk
Bleeker, M.A. (13.04.2012) Invited speaker Invited lecture at the Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, University of Minnesota (Minnesota) (13.01.2012) (Un) Covering Artistic Thought Unfolding
Bleeker, M.A. (09.02.2012) Invited speaker Center for Visual and Performance Studies Speaker's Series (University of California Santa Cruz) (09.01.2012) (Un)Covering Artistic Thought Unfolding
Bleeker, M.A. (13.09.2012) Invited speaker Keynote lecture at the conference Ballet Why and How? (ARTEZ Dance Academy, Julliard School of the Arts and Balletakademien Stockholm) Stockholm (13.01.2012) Ballet Why and How: The Present. A Point of View
Bleeker, M.A. (26.04.2012) Invited speaker at CONTACT: Communication Technologies and the Spatiality of Encounters. New Practices of Performance in Chile (Santiago de Chile) (26.01.2012) Dancing Data
Bleeker, M.A. (06.12.2012) Invited speaker Invited lecture at Colloque Poetry and Theatre Beyond the Genres (Parijs, Université Paris 8) (06.01.2012) I.M.Thinking Theatre
  2012 - Visiting an external academic institution
Bleeker, M.A. (02.01.2012 02.06.2012) Visiting researcher New York University Visiting Scholar
  2011 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A. (2011). "Of Passing and Other Cures: Arjan Ederveen's Born in the Wrong Body and the Cultural Construction of Essentialism". In M Aydemir (Eds.), Indiscretions. At the Intersection of Queer and Postcolonial Theory (pp. 129-142) (14 p.). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  2011 - Invited talk
Bleeker, M.A. (28.08.2011) Invited speaker China-Netherlands Forum for Literary Theory, Aesthetics and Cultural Studies (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (Bejing) (28.01.2011) "Literacy on the Move"
Bleeker, M.A. (08.07.2011) Invited speaker Motion in Place Platform research project MiPP (University of Sussex) (08.01.2011) "Motion Capture and Corporeal Literacy"
Bleeker, M.A. (23.02.2011) Invited speaker Symposium The Gaze is Us (Universiteit Gent/de Vooruit, Ghent) (23.01.2011) "The Locus of Looking, Revisited"
Bleeker, M.A. (27.10.2011) Invited speaker Congres Media Acts Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (27.01.2011) "The Performative Impact of Intermedial Theatre"
Bleeker, M.A. (02.07.2011) Invited speaker Symposium Choreograpie-Medien-Gender (Hochschule fur Musik und Tanz, Keulen) (02.01.2011) "Thinking in and out of Step"
Bleeker, M.A. (17.07.2011) Invited speaker Kalamata Dance Festival (Kalamata) (17.01.2011) "Thinking in and out of Step"
Bleeker, M.A. (23.04.2011) Invited speaker Symposium Dance Technologies and Circulations of the Social, Version 2.0 (MIT, Boston) (23.01.2011) "What if this were and Archive?"
Bleeker, M.A. (16.02.2011) Invited speaker Symposium Caves (King's College, London) (16.01.2011) “Staging the Cave”
Bleeker, M.A. (29.04.2011) Invited speaker Dance & Theory (Freie Universitat Berlin, Berlin) (29.01.2011) “Welcome to What you Think you See”.
Bleeker, M.A. (24.11.2011) Invited speaker Symposium Encounters in Synchronous Time (Athene) (24.01.2011) Opening Lecture Encounters in Synchronous Time,
  2011 - Membership of committee
Bleeker, M.A. (2011) Member Performance Studies international (PSi) (External organisation) President
  2010 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A. (2010). "Corporeal Literacy: New Modes of Embodied Interaction in Digital Culture”. In S Bay-Cheng, M.J. Kattenbelt, A Lavender & R Nelson (Eds.), Mapping Intermediality in Performance (pp. 38-44) (304 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2010 - Articles
Bleeker, M.A. (2010). "Playing Soldiers at the Edge of Imagination. Hotel Modern and the Representation of the Unrepresentable". Arcadia, 45 (2), (pp. 277-296) (19 p.).
Bleeker, M.A. (2010). "What if this were n Archive?". RTRSRCH journal, 2 (2), (pp. 2-5) (45 p.).
  2010 - Invited talk
Bleeker, M.A. (24.02.2010) Invited speaker Opening Cover Festival (Amsterdam, Theater Frascati) (24.01.2010) “Cover: What’s in a Name?”
Bleeker, M.A. (12.06.2010) Invited speaker World Conference Performance Studies international Toronto (12.01.2010) “Going Public: Rimini Protocoll and the Anxiety of Audience”
Bleeker, M.A. (02.09.2010) Invited speaker PSi #15 follow up event Misperformance, an inverted approach to performance studies (Rijeka, Croatia) (02.01.2010) “Some reflections on ‘On Three Posters. Reflection on a video performance by Rabih Mroué’”
Bleeker, M.A. (12.11.2010) Invited speaker PSi Regional Cluster Affectie Archives (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli) (12.01.2010) “What if This Were an Archive?”
  2009 - Book editorship
Bleeker, M.A., van Heteren, I., Kattenbelt, M.J. & Zalm, R. (2009). Concepten en Objecten. (115 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Bleeker, M.A., Gevers, I. & M'Charek, A. (2009). Niet Normaal. Diversiteit in Kunst, Wetenschap en Samenleving. (379 p.). Rotterdam: NAi Uitgevers.
  2009 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A. (2009). Let's Fall in Love. Staging a Political Marriage. In M. Aydemir & A. Rotas (Eds.), Migratory Settings (pp. 57-76) (20 p.). Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi.
Bleeker, M.A. (2009). Peter Pan's Gender and Feminist Theatre Studies. In R. Buikema & I. van der Tuin (Eds.), Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture (pp. 163-177) (15 p.). New York: Routledge.
Bleeker, M.A. (2009). Thinking Through Theatre. In L. Cull (Eds.), Deleuze and Performance (pp. 147-160) (14 p.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Bleeker, M.A. (2009). Visualität als Ereignis. In K Röttger & A. Jackob (Eds.), Theater und Bils. Inszenierung des Sehens (pp. 77-92) (16 p.). Bielefeld: transcript verlag.
  2009 - Conference
Bleeker, M.A. (06.03.2009) Organiser Congres Sofia (01.01.2013) Title: Tickle Your Catastrophe!
Bleeker, M.A. (2009) Organiser Inside Movement Knowledge (01.01.2009) Title: Inside Movement Knowledge
Bleeker, M.A. (2009) Organiser Schouwburg Rotterdam (01.01.2009) Title: Grenzen aan de Verbeelding? (2)
  2009 - Invited talk
Bleeker, M.A. (2009) Invited speaker samenwerking met tweede fase opleiding DASARTS (01.01.2009)
Bleeker, M.A. (28.02.2009) Invited speaker In Search of Contemporary Spectacle (Amsterdam) (28.01.2009) Spectacle, Representation and Other Things Dangerous
Bleeker, M.A. (04.12.2009) Invited speaker Potential Dramaturgies (Amsterdam) (04.01.2009) Welcome to what you Think you See.
  2009 - Membership of committee
Bleeker, M.A. (2009) Member Internationale Vakvereniging (Event) Performance Studies International
Bleeker, M.A. (2009) Member member of the editorial board (Event) member of the editorial board
Bleeker, M.A. (2009) Member Redactieraad Geesteswetenschappen Amsterdam University Press (Event) Redactieraad Geesteswetenschappen Amsterdam University Press
Bleeker, M.A. (2009) Member wetenschappelijke commissie (Event) visitatiecommissie Opleidingen Taal en Letterkunde
Bleeker, M.A. (2009) Member wetenschappelijke commissie (Event) NWO Rubicon selectie commissie
  2008 - Books
Bleeker, M.A. (2008). Anatomy Live. Performance and the Operating Theatre. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Bleeker, M.A. (2008). Visuality in the Theatre. The Locus of Looking. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmilan.
  2008 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A. (2008). ’All the World’ in a Bathtub. Prospero’s Books and the Construction of Theatrical Imagination. In M. Denana & J. Hillgaertner (Eds.), Blick, Spiel, Feld (pp. 331-339) (9 p.). Würtzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.
Bleeker, M.A. (2008). Being Angela Merkel. In E. van Alphen, M. Bal & C. Smith (Eds.), The Rhetoric of Sincerity (pp. 247-262) (16 p.). Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Bleeker, M.A. (2008). Martin, Massumi and the Matrix. In m. Bleeker (Eds.), Anatomy Live. Performance and the Operating Theatre (pp. 151-164) (14 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2008 - Articles
Bleeker, M.A. (2008). Passages in Post-Modern Theory: Mapping the Apparatus. Parallax, 14 (1), (pp. 55-67) (13 p.).
  2008 - Inaugural speech
Bleeker, M.A. (18.01.2008). Grenzen aan verbeelding. n.v.t.: Digitaal tijdschrift Lucifer, Uni.
  2008 - Other
Bleeker, M.A. & Kessler, F.E. (2008). Research Seminar Media and Performance Studies.
  2008 - Conference
Bleeker, M.A. (18.04.2008) Organiser symposium Amsterdam (01.01.2009) Title: Coordinator Questions of meaning and movement
  2008 - Workshop, seminar, course
Bleeker, M.A. (2008) Organiser Research Seminar Media and Performance Studies Utrecht (01.09.2008)
  2008 - Editorial activity
Bleeker, M.A. (2008 2011) Editorial board member AUP Geesteswetenschappen (Journal)
  2008 - Invited talk
Bleeker, M.A. (18.04.2008) Invited speaker Questions of Meaning and Movement (Springdance/Centraal Museum) (18.01.2008) Meaning, Movement, and Corporeal Literacy
Bleeker, M.A. (09.05.2008) Invited speaker Performing Cultural Trauma (Brussel, Vlaamse Akademie) (09.01.2008) Playing Soldiers at the Edge of Imagination
Bleeker, M.A. (09.05.2008) Invited speaker Performing Cultural Trauma (Gent (De Vooruit)) (09.01.2008) Playing Soldiers at the Edge of Imagination
Bleeker, M.A. (09.05.2008) Invited speaker Performing Cultural Trauma (Brussel, Vlaamse Akademie) (09.01.2008) Playing Soldiers at the Edge of Imagination
Bleeker, M.A. (2008) Invited speaker Meaning, Movement, and Corporeal Literacy (Utrecht) (01.01.2008) Questions of Meaning and Movement
Bleeker, M.A. (24.10.2008) Invited speaker Orbis Pictus, Theatrum Mundi (Bi-annual conference of the German Association for Theatre Studies) Amsterdam (24.01.2008) Theatre at the Threshold of the Visible World (Keynote Lecture)
  2008 - Membership of committee
Bleeker, M.A. (2008) Member Parallax #46: Installing the body (Event) Parallax #46: Installing the body
Bleeker, M.A. (2008) Member Vlaams Universitaire Raad. Visitatie Commissie Kunstwetenschappen Vlaanderen (Event) Vlaams Universitaire Raad. Visitatie Commissie Kunstwetenschappen Vlaanderen
  2007 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A. (2007). De sekse van Peter Pan en de Feministische Theaterwetenschap. In R Buikema & I van der Tuin (Eds.), Gender in media, kunst en cultuur (pp. 172-186) (15 p.). Bussum: Coutinho.
Bleeker, M.A. (2007). Make The Most of Now. Of Bodies, Mayflies and Fear of Representation. In M Schavemaker & M Rakier (Eds.), Right About Now. Art and Theory since the 1990s (pp. 26-40) (15 p.). Amsterdam: Valiz.
Bleeker, M.A. (2007). Playing Chess on Stage/ Schaken op het toneel. In J Fabius & I van Schijndel (Eds.), Company in the School: Between Experiment and Heritage (pp. 24-35) (12 p.). Amsterdam: AHK/EGPC.
  2007 - Articles
Bleeker, M.A. (2007). De spagaat van theater en politiek. Een reactie op Gerard Mortier's lezing Waarom maken wij theater?. Tech Mess Atm, 11 (maart), (pp. 32-35) (4 p.).
Bleeker, M.A. (2007). Theatre of/or Truth. Performance Paradigm, 3 (17 p.). THE END OF ETHICS? PERFORMANCE, POLITICS AND WAR.
Bleeker, M.A. (2007). Vertaalde Werken/Translated Works. Witte Raaf (126), (pp. 31-33) (3 p.).
  2007 - Conference
Bleeker, M.A. (2007) Organiser Projectleider Summerschool 'Grenzen aan de Verbeelding?` (01.01.2007) Title: Projectleider Summerschool 'Grenzen aan de Verbeelding?`
Bleeker, M.A. (31.08.2007) Organiser symposium Amsterdam (01.01.2009) Title: Studiedag Vlaams/Nederlandse Theaterwetenschap
  2007 - Invited talk
Bleeker, M.A. (29.04.2007) Invited speaker Dramaturgy in Dance (Athene) (29.01.2007) Dramaturgy as Mode of Looking
Bleeker, M.A. (14.03.2007) Invited speaker Migratory Aesthetics (Murcia (Spanje)) (14.01.2007) Limited Visibility (version 1)
Bleeker, M.A. (19.09.2007) Invited speaker Migratory Aesthetics (Enkhuizen/Amsterdam) (19.01.2007) Limited Visibility (version 2)
Bleeker, M.A. (03.11.2007) Invited speaker SLSA: Living the Code (Portland, Maine (USA)) (03.01.2007) Living the Code, Moving Along: Dys-embodiment and Corporeal Literacy
Bleeker, M.A. (07.06.2007) Invited speaker The Absent Body (Amsterdam) (07.01.2007) Of Dys-embodiment and Corporeal Literacy
Bleeker, M.A. (07.10.2007) Invited speaker iDans (Istanbul) (07.01.2007) This Must Be one of these Projects where Science Meets the Arts
Bleeker, M.A. (09.11.2007) Invited speaker Performance Studies international #13: Happening, Performance, Event (09.01.2007) Who's Afraid of Representation?
  2007 - Membership of committee
Bleeker, M.A. (2007) Member Amsterdam University Press (External organisation) redactie geesteswetenschappen Amsterdam University Press
  2006 - Book editorship
Bleeker, M.A., Heeteren, L.D.M.E & Kattenbelt, M.J. (2006). Theater Topics 2: De maker als onderzoeker. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, aantal pagina's: 205.
  2006 - Book parts / chapters
Bleeker, M.A. (2006). Innerlijke transformaties als gevolg van feitelijke gebeurtenissen: Over het theaterwerk van Carina. In M.J. Kattenbelt, P. de Kort, F. Mineur & L. Swinkels (Eds.), Theater & Openbaarheid (pp. 108-130) (23 p.). Amsterdam: Theater Instituut Nederland.
Bleeker, M.A. (2006). You Better Think!. Het denk-theater van Ivana Müller en Carly Wijsz/Ryszart Turbiasz. In M.A. Bleeker & L.D.M.E. van Heteren (Eds.), Theater Topics 2: De maker als onderzoeker (pp. 83-92) (10 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2006 - Articles
Bleeker, M.A. (2006). Theatricality and the Search for an Ethics of Vision. Maska, 21 (winter 2006), (pp. 41-45) (5 p.).
Bleeker, M.A. (2006). Zo niet dan toch. Over keuzes en die niet willen maken. Theater & Educatie, 12 (1), (pp. 63-65) (3 p.).
  2006 - Conference
Bleeker, M.A. (05.08.2006) Organiser The Anatomical Theatre Revisited (05.01.2006) Title: coördinator
  2006 - Invited talk
Bleeker, M.A. (29.06.2006) Invited speaker The Rhetoric of Sincerity (Universiteit Leiden, Leiden) (29.01.2006) Being Angela Merkel
Bleeker, M.A. (28.06.2006) Invited speaker The Rhetoric of Sincerity (Universiteit Leiden, Leiden) (28.01.2006) If you have to ask, you will never know. Response to Jane Taylor.
Bleeker, M.A. (09.09.2006) Invited speaker Thinking Through Affect (Jan van Eijck Academie, Maastricht) (09.01.2006) Martin, Massumi and the Matrix
Bleeker, M.A. (17.11.2006) Invited speaker Blick-Spiel-Feld (Goethe Universität Frankfürt, Duitsland) (17.01.2006) Theatre at the Threshold of the Visible World
Bleeker, M.A. (25.11.2006) Invited speaker Seeing Perception (Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, Duitsland) (25.01.2006) Theatre at the Threshold of the Visible World
Bleeker, M.A. (27.05.2006) Invited speaker Suspended Spaces: In between Performer and Audience, City and Self (Links Hall, Chicago, USA) (27.01.2006) Walking the City
Bleeker, M.A. (13.01.2006) Invited speaker Migratory Aesthetics (University of Leeds, UK) (13.01.2006) Who's Afraid of Representation?
Bleeker, M.A. (01.03.2006) Invited speaker Lezingenreeks Right About Now. Art and Theory in the 90's (Universiteit van Amsterdam) (01.01.2006) Who's Afraid of Representation?
  2005 - Book editorship
Kattenbelt, M.J., Bleeker, M.A., van Heteren, L. & Vuyk, K. (2005). Multicultureel drama/ Theater Topics 1. (160 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
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Project:
Performative Body-Mapping (PBM): a new method towards socialising non-humanlike robots
01.01.2016 to 31.12.2018
General project description 
Situated across the areas of social robotics and performance, this project aims to develop a novel enactive approach to machine learning to investigate the social potential of movement for designing non-anthropomorphic robots. Robots are increasingly becoming part of our lives in the sectors of health, education, commerce and leisure. Yet much of current research in social robotics focuses on humanoid robots and humanlike social behaviours, which is expensive to build and reaffirms problematic humanist assumptions. Our performative body-mapping (PBM) approach, in contrast, embraces the difference of machinic embodiment and its potential of social agency by developing a relational, performative approach that harnesses dancers’ movement expertise to design a non-anthropomorphic robot body and its capacity to move and learn. Rather than relying on superficial human-likeness, this approach builds on our inherent ability to relate to other bodies based on their potential to move, and thus to relate to their environment.
Role Researcher Funding
External funding: Australian research Council, Discovery grant DP160104706
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Dr Petra Gemeinboeck (UNSW)
  • Dr Robert Saunders (UNSW)
  • Dr Ben Robins.

Completed projects

Project:
Rock/Body: Performative Interfaces between the Geologic and the Body 01.03.2016 to 01.05.2017
General project description

Rock/Body brings together researchers from the humanities, social sciences, health and earth sciences alongside artists to investigate the human body as a site that exists in continuity with – rather than cut away from – the geologic. It aims to move beyond the nature/culture divide geologically, by taking performing human bodies as both expressions of geological matter and forces, and prime sites of exposure and response to changes in the dynamics of earth systems. 


Departing from the tension presented in the film Billy Elliot between the hard-labouring landscape of coal extraction and the seemingly feminine or emasculating middle-class and urban world of ballet-dancing, Rock/Body examines the ways in which the labouring bodies of miners and quarrymen and the performing bodies of dancers might, when thought together rather than separately, constitute privileged sites for exploring how geology and biology might converge in concrete human bodies and affect their forms of cultural production. Further, and given the way in which a universal “humanity” has been uncritically posited as dominant geological agent in recent scientific discourses, the project will also focus on concrete bodies in order to problematise such universalising conception of humanity and open it up to existing scholarly debates on race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability, and the ways in which differentiated bodies might be differently vulnerable to changing earth processes and possess different affordances when it comes to their ability to act as geological agents.


To adequately address those issues calls for collaborative cross- and inter-disciplinary approaches supported by scholars, scientists, and creative practitioners who are seldom given the chance to exchange knowledge and methodologies with one another in a non-hierarchical manner.

 
Role Researcher Funding
External funding: AHRC Network Funding
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Dr João Florêncio (University of Exeter) PI
  • Professor Nigel Clark (Lancaster University) CI
  • other participants: http://rockbody.exeter.ac.uk/people/
Project:
SPECTACULAR ASTRONOMY: historical and experimental explorations into the visual and spatial experience of planetariums, 19th-21st centuries 01.01.2014 to 31.12.2015
General project description

The objective of this project was to bring together an international, interdisciplinary group of researchers from the human, social, and exact sciences as well as artists, visual technicians and planetarium professionals to investigate the history, present state and future of popular astronomical spectacles. Through an historical study and experimental digital reconstruction of planetarium performances since the early 19th century, we wanted to analyse a particularly important locus where spatial and visual cultures of modernity were elaborated and experienced at the intersection of science, technology and spectacle.  


We looked into the material and technological characteristics of these devices, their social and cultural context but also their perception and experience by different audiences. Thereby we also sought to develop new approaches and methodologies for studying visual cultures : science performances are a perfect object to initiate a conversation between history of science and performance studies, fields that have mostly ignored each other so far. 


Integrating perspectives from art history, cultural studies and theory, communication and museum studies, this conversation sharpened thinking about, e.g. the performativity of images, how to analyse their experience and if and how they stimulate belief. The experimental component explored the value of digital reconstructions of historical devices for academic investigation in fields related to visual studies and provided an opening to public thinking about these issues, including about their practical implementation for science communication in or as future planetariums. 

 
Role Researcher Funding
External funding
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Charlotte Bigg (CNRS
  • Centre Alexandre Koyré
  • Paris) PI
  • Kurt Vanhoutte (University of Antwerp) CI
  • Eric Joris (new media artist /CREW
  • Bruxelles)
  • Prof. David Aubin ( l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie
  • Paris / Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu)
  • Dr. Nele Wynants (Université Libre de Bruxelles / University of Antwerp)
  • Dr. Sébastien Soubiran (Jardin des Sciences
  • Université de Strasbourg)
Project:
New Media Dramaturgy (NMD) 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2014
General project description

The central hypothesis of the New Media Dramaturgy research project was that the merging of new media and performance calls for a different approach to understanding composition in the making of performance and the spectator’s role in the reception of performance. NMD is the name we used to designate both the composition of this kind of performance in and through new media art works, and its effects on an audience. NMD as we formulated it is a new framework for analysing and documenting contemporary trends in live performance including theatre, dance, video performance and installation at a crucial moment in the transformation of these forms. Increasingly complex connections between live performance and new media technologies are developing, and this project will contribute to, and enhance scholarly understanding and creative application of these connections. To this end the NMD project had three interrelated aims:



  1. To examine the use and the effect of new media technologies in contemporary theatre and performance, analysing the methods of composition in recent examples of significant performance works;

  2. To critically analyse how these technologies are in turn informing or changing forms of performance;

  3. To explore how the synthesis of new dramaturgy (Kerkhoven) and new media has changed the experience of live arts for the spectator.


https://newmediadramaturgy.wordpress.com/

 
Role Researcher Funding
Other grant (government funding): This project was funded by the Australian Research Council (Discovery Grant)
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Prof Edward Scheer (University of New South Wales
  • project leader)
  • A/Prof Peter Eckersall (Melbourne)
  • A/Prof Helena Grehan (Murdoch)
  • Assistant Prof Marin Blazevic (Zagreb).
Project:
See Me, Feel me, Think me. The Body of Semiotics 01.08.2004 to 01.05.2009
General project description
The aim of this project is to rethink processes of semiosis in the theatre in order to develop a conception of the spectator as body involved with the theatrical event through several perceptual systems simultaneously. The goal is to rethink the subject of semiotics (Kaja Silverman) in bodily terms and do so ‘through the theatre’, i.e. using the theatre as a ‘theoretical object’ to explore the embodied aspects of experience and meaning making.
One of the premises of the project is that sense experience as well as making meaning through the senses, are culturally specific practices. Here J.J. Gibson’s account of the senses as perceptual systems provide a point of connection between an understanding of the senses as actively involved in ‘world making’ (Goodman) and an understanding of sense experience as culturally specific practice.
This also raises the question how to think the relationship between perception and cognition. Here, Brian Massumi’s elaboration of Deleuzian ideas of flow and movement presents an approach that starts from the primacy of movement. Massumi then demonstrates how accepting this primacy allows for a reconsideration of experience and meaning making in terms of perceptual cognition and cognitive perception. His notion of mirror vision (as opposed to movement vision) allows for a further reconceptualization of Silverman’s psychoanalytical approach to the subject of semiotics (as well as her critique of some of the implications of this notion of subjectivity) while also presenting a point of connection with the theatre as a culturally specific practice of constructing experiences and making meaning.

Results so far:
- Reading group Corporeal Literacies
- Soirees on Synaesthesia (Feb.-March 2006)
- International conference The Anatomical Theatre Revisited (2006)
- Installing the Body. Special issue of Parallax (# 46, 2008)
- Book publication Anatomy Live. Performance and the Operating Theatre (2008)
- various lectures and articles
 
Role Project Leader & Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
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Additional functions and activities
  • President of Performance Studies international (PSi)
  • Chair of the Board of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA)
  • Member of the Board of Sharing Arts Society
  • Member of the board of Theater Kikker
  • Chair of the board of Ism & Heit
  • International Advisory Board of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP)
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Full name
prof. dr. M.A. Bleeker Contact details
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Muntstraat 2-2A
Room 2.03
3512 EV  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 6237
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