Kayla Rush - student profile

Kayla Rush - photoKAYLA RUSH

I am a final-year PhD candidate in Social Anthropology, due to submit my thesis in November 2017. My thesis is entitled Performance and Possibility in the Cracked Art World: Community Arts in Contemporary Northern Ireland. My work sits at the intersection of performance studies, the anthropology of art, and ethnomusicology; and my research interests include community and socially engaged art; arts funding and public policy; pedestrianism and walking practices; the senses and the body; and writing pedagogy and experimental writing in anthropology. I also hold an MA in Social Anthropology from Queen’s, and my master’s thesis, which examined Pentecostal Christian pedestrian practices in West Belfast, was awarded the John Blacking Memorial Prize.

My forthcoming publications include an article for Religion and a chapter in an edited volume of new ethnographies of ‘movement, sociality and space’ in Northern Ireland. I have also published my work in the Irish Journal of Anthropology and on the popular research blog Women Are Boring. Together with a colleague in Comparative Literature, I am currently in the process of proposing and co-editing an interdisciplinary journal special issue called Performance and Politics, Power and Protest.

I am active on a number of committees, serving as Webmaster for the Anthropological Association of Ireland, as a member of the social media team for HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, and as a proofreader for Anthropology Matters. I co-founded and currently co-lead ‘The Writing Tank’, a multidisciplinary South Belfast writing and peer review group for writers both within and outside of academia.


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