Arseli Dokumacı


Portrait photo of Arseli Dokumaci
Concordia University, 2013


Arseli Dokumaci received her PhD in performance studies at Aberystwyth University and completed postdoctoral research at Concordia University’s Mobile Media Lab, where she still works as a research associate for the Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas (CCPPA). Presently, Arseli is a Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC) postdoctoral fellow at McGill University’s Social Studies of Medicine Department.

Her research approaches the intersections of disability and performance from several inter-related aspects. In her visual ethnographic projects, she explores how disability is experienced in everyday life through the use of the theory of affordances. Her current postdoc project investigates medical measurements of disability that are based on task performances. As part of her research associate role at the CCPPA, she is co-curating a collection on performance and disability in the Americas.

Arseli is a video-maker and has created several videos, including Misfires that Matter: Invisible Disabilities (2012), Manifest: Disability in Everyday Life (2014) and Blindness, Techno-affordances and Participation (2014). Her research has appeared in Performance Research, Wi: Journal of Mobile Media and in edited collections ReClaiming Participation (forthcoming), MISperformance: Essays in Shifting Perspectives (Maska, 2014) and Disability in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Palgrave, 2011). Arseli is the Chair of Constituency Groups and a board member at Performance Studies international. She is also the co-convener of Performing Disability / Enabling Performance Work Group at Encuentro.