Arseli Dokumaci is a research associate at Concordia University’s Mobile Media Lab,
working for the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas (CCPPA). Together with Kim Sawchuk, Arseli is co-curating a performance and disability collection for the Hemispheric Institute’s Digital Video Library and the CCPPA.
Arseli received her PhD in performance studies at Aberystwyth University in 2012 and completed postdoctoral research at Concordia University’s Mobile Media Lab in 2014. Presently, she is a Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC) postdoctoral fellow at McGill University, Social Studies of Medicine Department. Her research focuses on the intersections of disability and performance, with an emphasis on everyday life performances, visual ethnography and measurements of disability in medicine.
She is a video-maker and as part of her doctoral and CCPPA-funded postdoctoral research she created a series of videos, including “Misfires that Matter: Invisible Disabilities and Performances of the Everyday” (2012), “Misfire, ‘Mis’perform, Manifest: Disability and Everyday life” (2014) and “Blindness, Techno-affordances and Participation in Everyday Life” (2014). Arseli’s research has appeared in various journals and edited collections, including Performance Research; Wi: Journal of Mobile Media; MISperformance: Essays in Shifting Perspectives (Maska, 2014) and Disability in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Palgrave, 2011). She is the co-convener of Performing Disability / Enabling Performance Work Group at Encuentro and the Chair of Constituency Groups at Performance Studies international.