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Serap Erincin

2015-17 IAH Postdoctoral Scholar

Serap Erincin

Dr. Erincin is an artist-scholar who earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University in 2013. Before joining Penn State in 2015, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of London and the Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar of Performance Studies at the University of South Florida. She lived and worked in Istanbul, London, New York, and Florida as a performer, director, and journalist. 

Dr. Erincin is the winner of various awards and fellowships, including the Dwight Conquergood Award from Performance Studies International; the Best Paper Award from the National Communication Association, Theatre, Film and New Media Division and the Top Paper Award from the Performance Studies Division; a Mellon Summer Fellowship at Harvard University; and the Emerging Scholar Award from the American Society for Theatre Research. She has published on performance and politics, especially with regard to human rights violations, as well as experimental dance and theatre. She is the editor of Solum and Other Plays from Turkey and the writer and director of plays such as Inside “Out”, Connected, and Atrocity Boulevard. She recently guest-edited the special issue of Liminalities on Resistance and Stillness.

At Penn State, Dr. Erincin has launched the Neurohumanities Initiative and is curating a series of salons on the subject. She is currently revising a manuscript on how The Wooster Group, the acclaimed New York-based experimental theater group, achieves what she calls “reperformability” using embodied media and technology; that book, Towards a Rich Theatre: The Wooster Group’s Use of Technology and Reperformability, discusses theories of senses and affect, neuroscience, and phenomenology. In her current project, “The Technologized Body as Archive,” she investigates how performers use technology in creating living archives. She is also working on a project on transglobal performances of resistance, another on digital humanities and archives, and a new performance piece called Suppression of Absence. In the spring, Dr. Erincin will be a resident at the Borland Project Space and will direct an original play. She has been appointed Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Louisiana State University, but will continue her residency at IAH through Spring 2017.