Emma Doran (she/her) is a Toronto-based writer, editor and researcher who loves watching people move. She finished a postdoctoral fellowship at the Modern Literature and Culture Centre at Ryerson University in 2016, where she researched the origins of dance criticism in popular periodicals. Before embarking on this research, Doran studied at Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancers, completed an MA in dance at York University and a PhD in communication and culture through Ryerson and York universities.
Recently, Doran has been a guest speaker at ArtsLink New Brunswick’s Going Critical Forum. She is also a mentor with The National Ballet of Canada’s Emerging Arts Critics program and Generator’s Performance Criticism Training Program. She has recently been a jury member for Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario’s “The Gathering,” Musicworks magazine’s 2018 Sonic Geography writing contest and she currently sits on the steering committee for On the Move, a conference organized by the Dancer Transition Resource Centre. Doran has published articles in Early Popular Visual Culture, Media History, Performance Matters, Canadian Art and The Globe and Mail. She also worked at Dance Collection Danse archives and has been a contributor to The Dance Current for over a decade.
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