Ms Jessica Kendall
BFA Theatre/Acting (California Institute of the Arts), MA Anthropological Research Methods (Merit) - (SOAS, University of London)
Bodily practices, circus, globalization, structural violence, economics and racism
Ms. Kendall's research is a multi-sited ethnographic study that tracks the international movements of Ethiopian circus acrobats who have trained in China under a government sponsored cultural exchange program. It seeks to develop an analytic framework with which to comprehend the interplay between processes of bodily commodification, geographic and economic mobility, cultural adaptation, and racial discrimination/fascination, that contribute to the formation of new strategizing subjects within the peripatetic field of a circus.
Illusioni fatte Carne: Prolegomena Storici ad un’ Antropologia del Circo Acrobatico Cinese. Studi Etno-Antropologici e Sociologici, vol.36, S.E.A.S. Napoli, June/July 2008. 44-52.
Recipient of the SOAS Student Research Fellowship, Overseas Research Students Award Scheme (ORSAS) Scholarship, Central Research Fund (CRF) Grant, Universities' China Committee in London (UCCL) Grant, SOAS Additional Award for Fieldwork Grant