PhD Research: Moving Experience: an investigation of embodied knowledge and technology for reading flow in improvisation

I hold a PhD in the field of dance from the University of Bedfordshire.

My research interests bring together dance and technology utilising a set of methodologies including practical research in improvisation, movement analysis, positive psychology and philosophical thought.

The aim of the research is to understand, identify and produce an analysis of the moments of flow perceivable in a dancer’s body during improvisatory choreographic practice, through innovative technological means.

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Heidegger and Performance Research Group

I am a founding member of the Heidegger and Performance Research Group as part of the Performance Philosophy Network, alongside Dr Martin Leach and Marie Hay (DeMontfort University, Leicester).

My interest in Heidegger within Dance research has stemmed from my initial PhD research and draws on his early writing on Aristotle and the key concepts; Authenticity, Eudaimonia, Phronesis, Hexis, Angst, Kairos and Augenblick. The aim of this research in is establish the nature of ‘being-in-the-world’ through an exploration of contemporary dance improvisation.

Dance and Wellbeing

My philosophical research informs my research in  dance and well-being to support and enhance young people’s engagement in dance and to inform current educational practice in the development of positive body image practice. I am working on two collaborative projects with colleagues at the University of Bedfordshire and at Brunel University. More information soon!

Forthcoming Publications
  • Douse, L. (2017) ‘Flow in the dancing body: an intersubjective experience’ in Lycouris, S., Karkou, V. and Oliver, S. The Oxford Handbook for Dance and Wellbeing. Oxford University Press.
Journal Articles
  • Douse, L. (2015) ‘Flow: the psychology of intrinsic motivation,’ Movement, Dance and Drama, 34 (3), pp. 4-6.
  • Killingbeck, M., Martin, S., Washbrooke, C., Douse, L. and Keyworth, S. (2015) ‘A Dance in Time,’ Movement, Dance and Drama, 34 (3), pp. 11-12.
Invited Speaker
  • Douse, L. (2015) ‘Surviving your viva.’ Invited speaker. RIMAP Postgraduate Symposium. University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, 14 May 2015.
  • Douse, L. (2015) ‘Moving experience: an investigation of embodied knowledge and technology for reading flow in improvisation.’ Invited lecture. Research Lab, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, 22 October 2015.
  • Douse, L. (2017) ‘Moving experience: an investigation of embodied knowledge and technology for reading flow in improvisation.’ Invited speaker. ISPAR Conference. University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, 12 June 2017
Conference Contributions
  • Douse, L. (2010a) ‘Performance Archive: the online dissemination of student research and practice.’ Poster session presented at Bridging the Gap: University of Bedfordshire Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, University of Bedfordshire: 6-7 July 2010.
  • Douse, L. (2010b) ‘Performance Archive: a digital resource for collaborative teaching and learning.’ Digital poster session presented at: DRHA 2010 (Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts) Sensual Technologies Conference, Brunel University: 5-8 September 2010.
  • Douse, L. (2011a) ‘Capturing Flow: new methodologies for optimising dance.’ Poster session presented at: From Motivation to Movement: Towards an Empirical Understanding of the Role of Dance in Health, University of Bedfordshire: 24-25 June 2011.
  • Douse, L. (2011b) ‘Emergent Methodologies: knowledge gained from praxis.’ Paper presented at: Outcomes and Impacts: University of Bedfordshire Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, University of Bedfordshire: 2-6 July 2011.
  • Douse, L. (2014) ‘Technological cognitive embodiment and the digital ‘other.” Paper presented at: DRHA 2014 (Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts) Communication Futures Conference, University of Greenwich, 31 August-3 September 2014.
  • Douse, L. (2015) ‘Visualising flow: analysing optimal experience in the body of the performer.’ Paper presented at: Does It Matter? Composite Bodies and Posthuman Prototypes in Contemporary Performing Arts, Ghent University, 17-19 March 2015.
  • Douse, L. and Farrer, R. (2015) ‘DanceHE early career speed networking’ a workshop delivered at: Resilience: Articulating Dance ‘Knowledges’ in the C21st, De Montfort University, 9 April 2015.
  • Douse, L. (2015) ‘Flow in improvisation: a liminal space,’ Dance Improvisation: A Philosophical Perspective, University of Leeds, 21-22 May 2015.
  • Douse, L. (2015) ‘Corporeal memory: habit and the reconstitution of self,’ Dance and Somatic Practices Conference 2015 Ethics and Repair: Continuing Dialogues within Somatic Informed Practice and Philosophy, Coventry University, 9-12 July 2015.
  • Douse, L. (2016) ‘Maximising motivation: enhancing student engagement through survey data.’ HEA Surveys Conference, The Studio, Birmingham, 13th July 2016.
  • Douse, L. (2017) ‘A Dance in Time’ Dance Fields Conference, Roehampton University, 19-22 April 2017.
  • Douse L. (2017) ‘The experience of flow in improvisation: exploring the relationship between authenticity and potentiality,’ How does performance philosophy act: Ethos – ethics – ethnography. The 3rd biennial Performance Philosophy Conference. The Academy of the Sciences and the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, 22-25 June 2017.