Anna Pakes

Biography

Anna Pakes is reader in dance studies and director of the Centre for Dance Research at University of Roehampton, London. She was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, the Centre National de la Danse Contemporaine in Angers (France) and Laban Centre London. Anna’s research and teaching now focuses on philosophy of dance, with a particular interest in analytic aesthetics. She has published on a range of philosophical themes as they relate to dance, including the mind-body problem, Husserlian phenomenology, the epistemology of practice as research, dance historiography and performance re-enactment. She co-edited the volume Thinking through Dance: the philosophy of dance performance and practices (published by Dance Books, 2013) with Jenny Bunker and Bonnie Rowell. Her translation of Frédéric Pouillaude’s book Unworking Choreography was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. Her own monograph on the ontology of dance works is forthcoming also with OUP.