Associate Professor, Dance & Cultural History, Critical Approaches to Dance
MA Universitat Leipzig, Germany
PhD University of California, Riverside
Prior to receiving his PhD in Dance History and Theory from the University of California, Riverside, Dr. Giersdorf earned a Magister (MA) in Theatre, Dance, and Music Theatre Theory from the University of Leipzig, Germany. His research focuses on the training and disciplining of bodies in dance and other movement practices. He interrogates strategies of defiance through the choreography and performances of corporeal resistances to normative constituencies of identities such as class, gender and sexuality. His work on theatre, dance, and movement is published in GLQ, Theater Journal, Maska, Dance Gazette, TheatreForum, Communications, Theater, and Tanz Aktuell as well as essays in the Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Culture and The International Dictionary of Modern Dance. In his professional affiliations, Giersdorf is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars and the Corporeality and Choreography Study Group in the International Federation of Theatre Research. To broaden the discourse on dance, he was also a member of the conference committees for the 1999 Congress of Research in Dance and the 2006 Society of Dance History Scholars conferences.