Pauline Dirven

PhD Candidate
Cultural History

Pauline Dirven is a PhD-student working in the FORCE project. Her interests are the history of the body, gender history and performances. In her research master, she focused on dance cultures. Her master thesis Escaping, Experiencing, and Challenging Modernity in Modern Dance Culture analysed embodied experiences of modernity in dance halls in the Netherlands, 1910-1940. In her current project, she focusses on embodied performances of forensic expertise. She analyses how forensic scientists and doctors used their bodies in examination practices and how they displayed themselves before a lay audience. She looks at the way expertise was enacted through gestures, sensory practices, emotional experiences and dress culture.