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Susan Kozel

Susan Kozel is a Professor in the School of Art and Culture. With an international profile as a contemporary phenomenologist, she applies philosophical thought to a range of embodied practices in the context of digital media technologies. Her research takes the form of both scholarly writing and performance practices. She is currently director of Living Archives, a major research project into archiving practices funded by the Swedish Research Council under the Digitized Society Initiative. She is subject head of the Interaction Design program at K3 and teaches courses in Embodied Interaction. Current research foci are affect, re-enactments and somatic archiving. She was on the quality advisory board of the Swedish National Artistic Research school (2010-2015) and continues to be a strong voice in the artistic research community both in Sweden and internationally. Her PhD on the Phenomenology of Dance was awarded in 1994 from the Philosophy Department of the University of Essex, and since then she has taught at a range of design, dance and media departments in the UK and Canada. Her first sole-authored book, Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology (MIT Press 2007) is soon to be followed by Affective Choreographies. Links to book chapters, journal articles, lectures and performances can be found below.

Research programme

Data Society pil show

Research platforms

MEDEA A Research Lab for Collaborative Media, Design, and Public pil show

Faculties and departments

Faculty of Culture and Society pil show
School of Arts and Communication pil show

Contact details
Visiting address: Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Niagara,
Postal address:Malmö universitet, 205 06 Malmö
Delivery address:71

Living Archives Research Project
“The Archival Body” lecture, New Human Symposium
Openness (A Living Archives Publication)
“The Virtual Reality Hype” Medea Podcast 2016
“Performing Encryption" Keynote Somatics Conf (UK)
“Gravity and its Sisters" Keynote (2014)
“Phenomenology in 5 Acts” lecture Stanford Uni
"Affective and Rhythmic Engagement" lecture NODEM
“Social Choreographies” Medea Talk
  • Publications

  • Selected publications from Malmö University Electronic Publishing.

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
    Kozel, Susan (2012) "AffeXity : performing affect using augmented reality" The Fibreculture Journal;21, 72-96, Open Humanities Press, ISSN 1449-1443, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Kozel, Susan (2010) "Intuitive improvisation : a phenomenological method for dance experimentation with mobile digital media" Studia Philosophia;3, 71-80, Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, ISSN 0578-5480, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Kozel, Susan (2010) "Mobile social choreographies : choreographic insight as a basis for research into mobile networked communications" The International Journal of Performance and Digital Media;2, 137-148, Intellect Journals, ISSN 1479-4713, DOI [länk],

    Hansen, Lone Koefoed, Kozel, Susan (2007) "Embodied imagination : a hybrid method of designing for intimacy" Digital Creativity;4, 207-220, Routledge, ISSN 1744-3806, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Kozel, Susan (2005) "Revealing practices : Heidegger`s techne interpreted through performance in responsive systems" Performance Research;4, 33-44, Routledge, ISSN 1352-8165, URL [länk],

    Keinänen, Mia, Kozel, Susan, Rouhiainen, Leena, Baker, Camille (2011) "Alone or Not" Vague Terrain : Digital Art, Culture, Technology;22: Mobile Performance, Vague Terrain for Creative Commons, URL [länk],

    Kozel, Susan (2007) Closer : performance, technologies, phenomenology. MIT Press, 384, ISBN 9780262113106,

    Chapters in Monographs
    Bleeker, Maaike, Sherman, Jon Foley, Nedelkopoulou, Eirini (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2015) Process Phenomenologies. Routledge, 54-74, ISBN 9781138805514, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Farman, Jason (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan, Keinanen, Mia, Rouhiainen, Leena (2014) Dancing with Twitter : Mobile Narratives Become Physical Scores. Routledge, 79-94, ISBN 978-0-415-64148-7, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Ekman, Ulrik (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2013) Sinews of ubiquity : a corporeal ethics for ubiquitous computing. MIT Press, 337-349, ISBN 978-0-262-01750-3, URL [länk],

    Peters, Deniz, Eckel, Gerhard, Dorschel, Andreas (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2012) Embodying the sonic invisible : sketching a corporeal ontology of musical interaction. Taylor & Francis, 61-70, ISBN 978-0-415-89080-9, URL [länk],

    Biggs, Michael, Karlsson, Henrik (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2012) The virtual and the physical : a phenomenological approach to performance research. Routledge, 204-222, ISBN 978-0-415-58169-1, URL [länk],

    Climenhaga, Royd (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2012) Bausch and Phenomenology. Routledge, 300-306, ISBN 978-0-415-61802-1, URL [länk],

    Burridge, Stephanie (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2006) Culture as proprioception : challenging acultural approaches tocComputer technologies in dance. Ausdance National, 149-156, ISBN 187525515X, 9781875255153, URL [länk],

    Conference Contributions
    Grönlund, Erna, Gustafsson, Gunnel, Ståhle, Ann Katrin (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2007) "Social Choreographies" (peer-review paper) 101-113, Danshögskolan (University College of Dance), ISSN 1652-3776,
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