Olivia (Liv) Jacobs

Monsters, Ghosts, and Demons American Traditional Music and Dance Communities Folk Aesthetics and Social Movements

  • Title Monsters, Ghosts, and Demons
    American Traditional Music and Dance Communities
    Folk Aesthetics and Social Movements
  • Office B05
  • Education BA in Performing Arts and Anthropology, Western Kentucky University
    MA in Theatre and Performance Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Liv is a performance ethnographer whose most recent work centers Contra Dance and other folk communities through lenses of cultural memory, temporality, and regional studies. Their M.A. thesis, “Contra(ry) Narratives: Dance History as Embodied Knowledge and Archived Practice,” examined the genesis stories of Contra Dance communities in New England and the Southern
Appalachian Borderlands for their cultural implications. Their current line of inquiry examines the relationship between American Folk Revivals and their impact on related waves of Civil Rights activism.

Additionally, Liv’s work regularly engages the concept of monstrosity and spectacles of the body using approaches in disability and gender studies. They are interested in monsters in media and literature as telegraphic of societal fears surrounding bodily non-normativity. They continue developing work which examines the relationship between paranormal/ghost tourism and architectures of institutional violence in the U.S. Further interests include pagan horror films, the carnivalesque, and The Devil in Appalachian folklore.

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