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Suzanne Knip-Mooij

Suzanne Knip-Mooij is a researcher, writer, and lecturer whose research centers on contestations of life in contemporary theatre and performance.


She conducts PhD research at the Institute for Theater Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. The research project questions implicit considerations of life in theatre and performance studies through an analysis of contemporary theatre and performance practices that deal with modalities of life. She holds an rMA in Art Studies and a BA in Theatre Studies and Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and is a member of the international network Performance Philosophy. She graduated with a thesis entitled Moving through Releasement: a Phenomenology of Performance (Tectum Verlag, 2015). She taught performance analysis and philosophy of science at the UvA’s Theatre Studies Department, served as artistic advisor at the research-based MA program DAS Theatre (Amsterdam University of the Arts), and is the research coordinator of PhDArts, international doctorate program in art and design (KABK, University of Arts The Hague & ACPA, Leiden University). A recent publication, featuring autotheoretical experimentation with apophatic (negative) epistemologies entitled "Conjuring Living Matter " is featured in Specology – Zu einer ästhetischen Forschung (Adocs, 2023).

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