Academic Achievements

Curriculum Vitae

Renée Rothman, PhD

Boulder Creek, CA 95003

Email: reneerothman@gmail.com

(831) 338-2659 (home)

 

EDUCATION:

2000 PhD University of California, Santa Cruz, “Aikido Sensibilities: The Sociosomatics of Connection and its Role in the Constitution of Community at North Bay Aikido in Santa Cruz, California” (supervisor Olga Nájera-Ramírez)

1997 Advanced to candidacy Spring 1997 (qualifying exam committee Don Brenneis, Olga Nájera-Ramírez, Nancy Chen, Patricia Zavella, and Deidre Sklar)

1995 MA in anthropology University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

1991 BA Summa cum laude in anthropology Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Senior Honors Thesis “Subversive Gender Theater: Performative Discontinuities in the Sex-Gender-Desire Matrix” (defense committee Lynn Morgan, Deborah Battaglia, and Amy Caplan)

1987-88 Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT

1971-73 Rutgers University, Livingston College, New Brunswick, NJ

TEACHING AND LECTURE EXPERIENCE:

Spring 2004, Fall 2004 Instructor DA 102: Dance in World Cultures, San Jose State University

Spring 2003, Fall 2003 Instructor DA 102: Dance in World Cultures, San Jose State University

Spring 2002, Fall 2002 Instructor DA 102: Dance in World Cultures, San Jose State University

Spring 2001, Fall 2001 Instructor DA 102: Dance in World Cultures, San Jose State University

Spring 2001 Instructor ANTH 164: Anthropology of Dance, University of California, Santa Cruz

Summer 1998 Instructor THEA 039: Dance as Culture: An Anthropological Approach, University of California, Santa Cruz

Spring 1996 Assistant Instructor ANTH 164: Anthropology of Dance, Olga Nájera-Ramírez, Instructor

Spring 1996 Assistant Instructor ANTH 164 E: Dance Laboratory Seminar; Olga Nájera-Ramírez, Instructor

Fall 2001 Instructor PRTR 080: Identity and the Arts in a Multicultural Society, University of California, Santa Cruz

Fall 2000 Instructor PRTR 080: Heritage of the Arts in a Multicultural Society, University of California, Santa Cruz

Fall 1999 Instructor PRTR 080: At the Edge of the Millennium: Heritage of the Arts in a Multicultural Society, University of California, Santa Cruz

Fall 1998 Instructor PRTR 080: History and Memory: Heritage of the Arts in a Multicultural Society, University of California, Santa Cruz

Winter 2002 Instructor ANTH 2: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Summer 2000 Instructor ANTH 2: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Guest lectures:

March 2001 guest lecture “Second Nature: Touch and Self in the Practice of Aikido” for Introduction to Medical Anthropology, Professor Nancy Chen

October 2000 guest lecture “Anthropology of Tango” for Politics and Cultures of Argentina, Professor Galen Joseph

November 1997 guest lecture “Experiential and Visual Methods in Fieldwork” for Ethnographic Methods: Cultural Performances, Professor Olga Nájera-Ramírez

November 1994 guest lecture on American alternative religious practices for Anthropology of Religion, Professor Mark Whitaker

Teaching assistantships at University of California, Santa Cruz:

Spring 2000 Teaching Assistant ANTH 142: Anthropology of Law, Don Brenneis, Instructor

Winter 2000 Teaching Assistant ANTH 80: Culture Through Food, Nancy Chen, Instructor

Winter 1999 Teaching Assistant ANTH 130: Native Peoples of North America, Triloki Pandy, Instructor

Winter 1998 Teaching Assistant ANTH 2: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Anna Tsing, Instructor

Spring 1997 Teaching Assistant ANTH 114: Introduction to Medical Anthropology, Nancy Chen, Instructor

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

April 2002       “Walking Between Worlds: The Strange and Wonderful Ways of the Anthropologist” Keynote address, Five College Undergraduate Anthropology Conference, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

October 2001       “Individualism and Community: Using a Japanese Movement Form to Reconcile an American Dilemma” Congress on Research in Dance, New York City, NY

December 1999       “Caught in the Heart: Embodiment of the Spiritual Art of Aikido” presented at “Choreographic Politics: Theatrical Representations of the Body,” Congress on Research in Dance, Claremont, CA

May 1999       “Embodied Regional Histories and their Expression: Aikido in Santa Cruz, California” presented at California American Studies Association annual meeting, Santa Cruz, CA

November 1998       “‘Grab My Wrist’: Connecting Self to Community through the Kinesthetic Practice of Aikido” paper presented at “The Art of the Moment: Looking at Dance Performance from Inside and Out,” Congress on Research in Dance, Columbus, OH

February 1996       “Going Native: The Participant’s Fantasy and the Observer’s Nightmare” on “Pagan Scholarship: Oxymoron No More!” panel moderated by Holly Tannen.  PantheaCon 2, San Jose, CA

November 1996      “Bodies Never Lie?: The Dancer’s Experience of Body” paper presented at “The Body in Dance: Modes of Inquiry” Congress on Research in Dance, Greensboro, NC

November 1996       “Kinesthetic Mimesis and Empathy As Methodology” interactive exercise presented at American Anthropological Association annual meetings, San Francisco, CA

February 1995       “Reading Pagans: Dialogical Interactions Between Pagans and Texts” paper and workshop presented at PantheaCon 1, San Jose, CA

November 1995       “Healing the Embodied Sacred: Womyn’s Sacred Dance” presented at “Dance, Myth & Ritual in the Americas” 30th Anniversary conference of the Congress on Research in Dance, Miami, FL

November 1995 “Intersexions: Theorizing the Sexual Subject in Anthropological Discourses” Based on an independent student-run graduate seminar. My presentation: “Sexual Performances: Maypole Controversies in Neo-pagan Communities” paper presented at AAA annual meetings, Washington, DC

April 1995       “Producing Knowledge about Dancing Bodies,” paper and 25 minute live performance consisting of dance and text produced in collaboration with Debra Klein.  presented at “Performing Cultural Studies/Scening Cultural Performances” 9th Annual Graduate Student Cultural Studies Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz

CONFERENCE PLANNING:

1996      Assisted in the organization of graduate student AAA panels “Body Work: The Use And Abuse Of The Body For Life”

1995      Assisted in the organization of graduate student AAA panel “Intersexions: Theorizing the Sexual Subject in Anthropological Discourses”

April 1994       member of Conference Planning Committee and Registrar, “Revisioning Culture: Transforming Academic Theory and Practice,” a graduate student conference, University of California, Santa Cruz.

April-May 1994        member of Conference Planning Committee and Registrar, “What’s Blood Got To Do With It? Kinship Reconsidered: An International Symposium,” University of California, Santa Cruz.

PUBLICATIONS:

book review Sisters of Salome, by Toni Bentley and Looking for Little Egypt by Donna Carlton, in Dance Research Journal Summer 2003

book review Bike Lust: Harleys, Women, and American Society, by Barbara Joans in Thunder Press September 2001

book review Contradance Choreography: A Reflection of Social Change, by Mary McNab Dart in Journal of American Folklore 110(436), 1997: 231-233.

conference review Congress on Research in Dance, 31st International Conference: The Art of the Moment: Looking at Dance Performance from Inside and Out, Columbus, OH in Dance Research Journal 31(1), Spring 1999: 125-127.

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