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Dr. Drid Williams completed three graduate degrees in Social Anthropology from St. Hughes College, Oxford, England, and is the architect of a theory of human actions called 'semasiology'. She has conducted field research among Carmelite nuns, Dominican friar-preachers and the Royal Ballet company in England; the Guardian Angels in New York City, and among Cape York Aboriginal communities in northern Queensland, Australia, and at Moi University in Kenya, East Africa. She has taught anthropology of the dance and human movement studies in all four countries. She is the author of numerous articles on the dance, liturgies, and martial arts. A second, revised edition of her first book, Ten Lectures on Theories of the Dance (Scarecrow Press, 1991), retitled Anthropology and the Dance: Ten Lectures, has recently been published (2004, University of Illinois Press). Dr. Williams has also edited a special issue of Visual Anthropology (Vol. 8, Nos. 2–4, 1996) entitled Signs of Human Action. She has so far compiled and edited two volumes in a book series for Scarecrow press: Anthropology and Human Movement, 1: The Study of Dances (1997) and Anthropology and Human Movement, 2: Searching for Origins (2000). A forthcoming work is Signifying Bodies, Signifying Acts: New Ways of Thinking About Human Movement. Dr. Williams is the founder and senior editor of JASHM.

  Dr. Brenda Farnell is an Associate Professor of socio-cultural and linguistic anthropology at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). Born and raised in England, she holds a Teaching Diploma from I.M. Marsh College of Physical Education (Liverpool); a Diploma in Dance and Dance Education from the Laban Dance Center, Goldsmith's College, London University; an M.A in the Anthropology of Human Movement from New York University and a Ph.D. in socio-cultural and linguistic anthropology from Indiana University (1990). She has done ethnographic research among indigenous peoples of the Plains region of North America, especially the Nakota (Assiniboine) of Montana and Kiowa of Oklahoma. Her research interests include ethno-poetics and performance, Plains Sign Language and dances of the Northern Plains, discourse, movement literacy, and problems in social theory and embodiment. Dr. Farnell is also interested in the use of multi-media in indigenous language preservation and revitalization. She is the author of the book Do You See what I Mean: Plains Indian Sign Talk and the Embodiment of Action and an award winning CD Rom, Wiyuta: Assiniboine Storytelling with Signs (U of Texas Press 1995). She also edited, Human Action Signs in Cultural Context: the Visible and the Invisible in Movement and Dance (Scarecrow Press 1995). Recent papers include 'Moving Bodies, Acting Selves' (Annual Review of Anthropology, 1999); 'Getting Out of the Habitus: An Alternative Model of Dynamically Embodied Social Action', (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 2000); and 'Dynamic Embodiment in Assiniboine Storytelling' (Anthropological Linguistics, 2002). Current research involves a collaborative project with choreographer Robert Wood of Robert Wood Dance New York Inc. on the choreographic process and relationships between speech and movement in the making of a contemporary concert dance work. She has been co-editor of JASHM since 1985.

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