Dr Amanda Card

BA (Honours) Sydney 1994, PhD Sydney 1999
Chair of Department, Performance Studies

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 8253

Biographical details

Amanda spent her professional career as a dancer in the 1980s working with Kinetic Energy (Sydney), on the commercial dance circuit in Sydney, Japan and South East Asia, and as a member of Human Veins Dance Theatre (Canberra). In 1990 she traded dance for academic study receiving a BA Honours in 1994, with majors in History and Women's Studies. Her PhD, awarded in 1999, concentrated on issues of national representation, aesthetic and political influence, and sexual politics in Australian dance. Between 2000 and 2007 Amanda was Executive Producer of Onextra, a producing unit for independent dance in Sydney, with responsibility for the artistic and financial direction of the company. In 2003 she joined the Department of Performance Studies (DPS) part time. Amanda was also the inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors of Critical Path (Sydney’s choreographic research and development centre) and a peer adviser with the Dance Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts. Since 2008 she has been a full time member of the academic staff of the DPS, currently lecturing in dance and movement studies, intercultural performance, embodiment and critical theory for performance studies.

Research interests

  • Dance history
  • Contemporary dance
  • Social dance and music
  • Hybrid performance practices
  • Phenomenology and historiography

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • PRFM 3604 Embodied Histories (Semester 1, 2013)
  • Critical Theory for Performance - Honours/MA Research (Semester 1, 2013)
  • PRFM 3605 Cross-Cultural and Hybrid Performance (Semester 2, 2013)

PHD Supervision

  • Katherine Johnson "Performing pasts for present purposes: bodily, performative traditions of history"
  • Jason Merchant "Performance Practices and the Phenomena of Performing while Dancing"
  • Elisabetta Peruzzi
  • Jodie McNeilly "Poetics of Reception: a phenomenological aesthetics of bodies and technology in performance" (PhD awarded 2013)
  • Justine Shih Pearson "In the Inbetween: embodying the intercultural in performance" (PhD awarded 2012)

MA (Research) Supervision

  • Jasmine Robertson "Drawing us in: The Australian Experience of Butoh"
  • Joanne Harris, "Historical Impressions: Ballet in a Nutshell–the Athletes and Dancers Company–the Dance Company (NSW) 1965-1976" (MA awarded 2007)

Current projects

Choreographing Continents: appropriation and national identity in Australian and American dance Book project - a history of the appropriation of Indigenous dance forms.

Associations

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Image Dance Think Tank; Card A; School of Letters, Art and Media, University of Sydney/Conference Seed Funding.

2006

  • Performing Indian: an historical exploration of the life and work of Australian Louise Lightfoot and Indian dancer choreographer Ananda Shivaram & American performer/dance ethnographers Reginal and Gladys Laubin; Card A; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Card, A. (2006). Body for Hire? the state of dance in Australia. Strawberry Hills NSW: Currency House Inc.

Book Chapters

  • Card, A. (2012). Do Try This At Home: Dance Manuals, Myopia and Misrecognition. In Gillian Arrighi and Victor Emeljanow (Eds.), A World of Popular Entertainments: An Edited Volume of Critical Essays, (pp. 118-133). Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Card, A. (2012). Together in Isolation: New Moves across Time and Space. In Julie Dyson and Stephanie Burridge (Eds.), Shaping the Landscape: Celebrating Dance in Australia, (pp. 155-173). UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Card, A. (2011). Feeling for dancing hidden in the archives of the dead. In McGillivray, Glen (Eds.), Scrapbooks, Snapshots and Memorabilia: Hidden Archives of Performance, (pp. 129-148). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Card, A. (2011). Tethering the Flow: dialogues between dance, physical culture and antiquity in Interwar Australia. In Alexandra Carter and Rachel Fensham (Eds.), Dancing Naturally: Nature, Neo-Classicism and Modernity in Early Twentieth-Century Dance, (pp. 139-154). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Card, A. (2008). Art dance, burlesque and body culture: negotiating interwar modernities. In Robert Dixon and Veronica Kelly (Eds.), Impact of the modern: vernacular modernities in Australia 1870s to 1960s, (pp. 18-37). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Card, A. (2001). Choreographing a continent: modern dance and constructions of national identity in Australia. Dance in Australia: Influences and Present Trends–Choreography and Dance, Vol. 4, Part 2/3, (USA), 2001. USA.

Journals

  • Card, A. (2012). Research and Anatomy of an Afternoon. Brolga: an Australian journal about dance, 36, 19-24.
  • Card, A. (2010). Homage and critique in contemporary dance: or a reverie on the lasting legacy of Yvonne Rainer's NO manifesto. Brolga: an Australian journal about dance, 32(1), 15-21.

Conferences

  • Card, A., Pearson, J., del Amo, M. (2012). Anatomy of a Dance Work. Compass Points - ADSA Conference, Brisbane, QLD: Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA).
  • Card, A. (2012). Reenacting old dance. Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, QLD: Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association.
  • Card, A. (2009). Do try this at home: dance manuals as popular entertainment. A World of Popular Entertainments Conference, Newcastle, NSW: University of Newcastle.
  • Card, A. (2009). Reviving the Greeks in Australian Dance. Moving Naturally: Making Dance 1900s-1930s, Guildford: University of Surrey.
  • Card, A. (2008). Dancing 'round a Tipi: the appropriations of Reginald and Gladys Laubin. Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, 2008, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Card, A. (2007). Coming Undone with the Dances of Martin del Amo. ADSA Conference, 2007, Melbourne: Melbourne University.
  • Card, A. (2006). Exotic, Erotic and interesting to know: Australian ‘modern’ dancers 1914-1930. Australian Modernities Conference, QLD: University of Queensland.
  • Card, A. (2004). Blame it on the Butoh. 10th Performance Studies International (PSi) Conference, Singapore: Singapore Management University.
  • Card, A., Long, J. (2004). Close Encounters of an Inter-corporeal kind: a Walk in the Academic Forrest, a performance paper. Dance re-booted Conference, Melbourne: Deakin University.

Reference Works

  • Card, A., Johnson, C. (2003). Arnhem land inspiration. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 23-23). Sydney.
  • Card, A., Brannigan, E. (2003). Choreography. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 130-131). Sydney.
  • Card, A. (2003). Dance on the popular stage. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 218-221). Sydney.
  • Card, A. (2003). Disco dance. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 237-238). Sydney.
  • Card, A. (2003). Jazz dance. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 384-385). Sydney.
  • Card, A. (2003). National identity in dance. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 452-453). Sydney.
  • Card, A. (2003). Research and writing: dance. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 581-582). Sydney.

2012

  • Card, A., Pearson, J., del Amo, M. (2012). Anatomy of a Dance Work. Compass Points - ADSA Conference, Brisbane, QLD: Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA).
  • Card, A. (2012). Do Try This At Home: Dance Manuals, Myopia and Misrecognition. In Gillian Arrighi and Victor Emeljanow (Eds.), A World of Popular Entertainments: An Edited Volume of Critical Essays, (pp. 118-133). Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Card, A. (2012). Reenacting old dance. Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, QLD: Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association.
  • Card, A. (2012). Research and Anatomy of an Afternoon. Brolga: an Australian journal about dance, 36, 19-24.
  • Card, A. (2012). Together in Isolation: New Moves across Time and Space. In Julie Dyson and Stephanie Burridge (Eds.), Shaping the Landscape: Celebrating Dance in Australia, (pp. 155-173). UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2011

  • Card, A. (2011). Feeling for dancing hidden in the archives of the dead. In McGillivray, Glen (Eds.), Scrapbooks, Snapshots and Memorabilia: Hidden Archives of Performance, (pp. 129-148). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Card, A. (2011). Tethering the Flow: dialogues between dance, physical culture and antiquity in Interwar Australia. In Alexandra Carter and Rachel Fensham (Eds.), Dancing Naturally: Nature, Neo-Classicism and Modernity in Early Twentieth-Century Dance, (pp. 139-154). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

2010

  • Card, A. (2010). Homage and critique in contemporary dance: or a reverie on the lasting legacy of Yvonne Rainer's NO manifesto. Brolga: an Australian journal about dance, 32(1), 15-21.

2009

  • Card, A. (2009). Do try this at home: dance manuals as popular entertainment. A World of Popular Entertainments Conference, Newcastle, NSW: University of Newcastle.
  • Card, A. (2009). Reviving the Greeks in Australian Dance. Moving Naturally: Making Dance 1900s-1930s, Guildford: University of Surrey.

2008

  • Card, A. (2008). Art dance, burlesque and body culture: negotiating interwar modernities. In Robert Dixon and Veronica Kelly (Eds.), Impact of the modern: vernacular modernities in Australia 1870s to 1960s, (pp. 18-37). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Card, A. (2008). Dancing 'round a Tipi: the appropriations of Reginald and Gladys Laubin. Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, 2008, Sydney: University of Sydney.

2007

  • Card, A. (2007). Coming Undone with the Dances of Martin del Amo. ADSA Conference, 2007, Melbourne: Melbourne University.

2006

  • Card, A. (2006). Body for Hire? the state of dance in Australia. Strawberry Hills NSW: Currency House Inc.
  • Card, A. (2006). Exotic, Erotic and interesting to know: Australian ‘modern’ dancers 1914-1930. Australian Modernities Conference, QLD: University of Queensland.

2004

  • Card, A. (2004). Blame it on the Butoh. 10th Performance Studies International (PSi) Conference, Singapore: Singapore Management University.
  • Card, A., Long, J. (2004). Close Encounters of an Inter-corporeal kind: a Walk in the Academic Forrest, a performance paper. Dance re-booted Conference, Melbourne: Deakin University.

2003

  • Card, A., Johnson, C. (2003). Arnhem land inspiration. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 23-23). Sydney.
  • Card, A., Brannigan, E. (2003). Choreography. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 130-131). Sydney.
  • Card, A. (2003). Dance on the popular stage. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 218-221). Sydney.
  • Card, A. (2003). Disco dance. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 237-238). Sydney.
  • Card, A. (2003). Jazz dance. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 384-385). Sydney.
  • Card, A. (2003). National identity in dance. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 452-453). Sydney.
  • Card, A. (2003). Research and writing: dance. In John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (Eds.), Currency companion to music & dance in Australia. (pp. 581-582). Sydney.

2001

  • Card, A. (2001). Choreographing a continent: modern dance and constructions of national identity in Australia. Dance in Australia: Influences and Present Trends–Choreography and Dance, Vol. 4, Part 2/3, (USA), 2001. USA.

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