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Brenda Farnell is a professor of sociocultural and linguistic anthropology and American Indian studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include ethnopoetics and Indigenous performance, Plains Indian Sign Language, and dances of the Northern Plains, discourse, movement literacy, and problems in social theory and embodiment. Her most recent book is Dynamic Embodiment for Social Theory: "I Move, Therefore I Am" (2012). Recent papers include "The Second Somatic Revolution" (with C. Varela), in the Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior (2008); "Performing Precision and the Limits of Observation" (with Robert Wood), in Redrawing Anthropology: Materials, Movements, Lines (2011); and "Theorizing 'the Body' in Visual Culture," in Visions of Culture: A History of Visual Anthropology (2011).

Joelle Florence Patrice Jacinto is a dancer and dance scholar who specializes in Philippine and Malaysian dance cultures, especially the study of identity and heritage in Philippine dance. Ms. Jacinto was a soloist with Philippine Ballet Theatre, has been the principal teacher and repertoire manager at the TEAM Dance Studio, and danced extensively for their company of dance artists. She holds a bachelor's degree in dance, and a masters in art theory and criticism from the University of the Philippines. After entering PhD studies in Philippine sociocultural studies at the University of the Philippines, she transferred to a practice-led PhD dance research program at the University of Malaya, where she is also a lecturer in choreography and dance technique. She has presented her research in Manila, Taiwan, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur. A respected dance critic, Ms. Jacinto has managed Runthru magazine ( since 2008 and published in Malaya, Indayog dance magazine, RealTime Australia, and the TanzConnexions website of the Goethe Institut. She also manages projects for World Dance Alliance-Philippines, was associate festival director of the Wifi Body Independent Contemporary Dance Festival in 2012, and is involved in updating the dance volume of the Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, to be published by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Monica FA W Santos is a PhD student specializing in the anthropology of human movement in the Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation research focuses on classical ballet, colonialism, and nationalism in her home country, the Philippines. Ms. Santos is a 2014-15 graduate fellow at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois. In the Philippines, she is involved in projects that promote performing arts in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. She has also trained in various performing arts traditions, including classical ballet, Balinese gamelan music and dance, and Kulintang music.



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