Professor Sita Popat

Profile

As Professor of Performance and Technology, my research is concerned with embodied experiences of new media and digital technologies. I have recently completed two projects: the Error Network (AHRC-funded) and Identity and Governance of Bodily Extensions: The Case of Prosthetics and Avatars (Wellcome Trust-funded). I am co-editor of Digital Movement: Essays in Motion Technology and Performance with Nicolas Salazar Sutil (Palgrave 2015) and Advisory Editor of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (Taylor & Francis). I trained as a dancer before studying for my PhD in dance-making on the Internet in the late 1990s (when it took over 10 minutes to load a 2MB movie). Since then I have lectured at the University of Leeds, becoming Chair in Performance and Technology in 2011. My interests in embodied experience and new media technologies have led to collaborations with digital artists, computer scientists, robotics engineers, and more recently rehabilitative medicine specialists. I have recently completed an investigation into digital avatars and medical prosthetics as forms of bodily extension, and an interdisciplinary academic network on the productivity of error. I am currently writing about experiences of embodiment and touch in virtual reality, and about extended bodies via prostheses and avatars. Previous projects include collaboration on the design of robotic motion and interaction using dance movement analysis. My research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Wellcome Trust. I am a member of the AHRC's Advisory Board. I play massively multiplayer online games (World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2) and Dungeons and Dragons in my spare time.

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Qualifications

  • PhD Collaborative Dance-Making on the Internet
  • BA (hons) Dance
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