Hanna Järvinen

  • University Lecturer, Tutkimus Teatterikorkeakoulu, Theatre Academy

Job description

As University Lecturer, I teach mostly courses in writing and epistemology for doctoral candidates, in particular on issues related to my interests in decolonising dance and performance studies. I supervise doctoral theses here and at Aalto University and abroad, and I also teach regularly at the Live Art and Performance Studies MA programme and other MA programmes. My principal research interests lie in issues dealing with history, authorship, art work, and canonisation, and between 2016 and present I have worked part-time as the Senior Researcher of the Academy of Finland research project How to Do Things with Performance? I am also one of the co-PIs of the Vetenskapsrådet-funded workshop Spectral Collaborations with Karmenlara Ely Seidman (Østfold University College, Norway) and Cecilia Lagerström (Gothenburg University, Sweden).

Besides teaching, my duties include chairing and being a member various official bodies such as the Publication Forum (Julkaisufoorumi) of The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies where I chair Panel 22, or the Research Council of the Theatre Academy, where I am a vice member. I have authored the Structure and Annotation Guide of the Performing Arts Research Centre and served in various bodies related to publications.


I hold a doctorate in Cultural History from the University of Turku (2003) and a Master’s degree in Performance Studies from New York University (2001). I am an alumna of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2004-2007), a docent in Dance History at the University of Turku (2016), and a Honorary Visiting Research Fellow (2017-2023) in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. 

In my research I specialise in the history of the ontology and epistemology of dance, particularly early twentieth-century art dance, where I am particularly interested in definitions of authorship and art work, gender and ethnicity, and who get left out of the histories of the art form. My monograph Dancing Genius: The Stardom of Vaslav Nijinsky came out from Palgrave Macmillan in 2014 both as a printed hardback and as e-book. In addition, I have edited several article collections, an issue of Ruukku journal, and published in e.g. The Senses and SocietyDance Research and Dance Research Journal. I have been active in a number of national and international academic societies, notably the boards of the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and Dance Studies Association (DSA). With Lena Hammergren, I also co-convene the Nordic Forum for Dance Research Dance History working group. See https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9081-9906

Research and publications


Dancing Genius: The Stardom of Vaslav Nijinsky. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2014

(with Tero Nauha, Annette Arlander & Pilvi Porkola) Performanssifilosofiaa. Nivel 12. Helsinki: Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts 2019, simultaneously published online: https://nivel.teak.fi/performanssifilosofiaa/

(with Marjatta Häti-Korkeila, Jukka Kortti & Riku Roihankorpi) Teatteri ja media(t). Näyttämö ja tutkimus 5. Helsinki: Teatterintutkimuksen seura 2014, www.teats.fi/julkaisut

(with Leena Rouhiainen) Tanssiva tutkimus: menetelmiä ja lähestymistapoja tanssintutkimukseen. Nivel3. Helsinki: Taideyliopiston Teatterikorkeakoulu 2014 (separate e-version published simultaneously at http://nivel.teak.fi/tanssiva-tutkimus/)

(with Liisa Ikonen & Maiju Loukola) Näyttämöltä tutkimukseksi: Esittävien taiteiden metodologiset haasteet – From the Stage to Research: Methodological Challenges in Performing Arts. Näyttämö ja tutkimus 4. Helsinki: Teatterintutkimuksen seura 2012, www.teats.fi/julkaisut

(with Kimi Kärki) Avaintekstejä kulttuurihistoriaan. Kulttuurihistoria – Cultural History 6, Turku: K&H 2005

Some Articles/Chapters

“Historical Materiality of Performance: On the Costumes of The Rite of Spring (1913).” Studies in Costume and Performance 5:2, 2020

“Ballets Russes and Blackface.” Dance Research Journal 52:3, 2020

“Materiaalin muisti: Kevätuhrin puvustuksen kertomaa.” Marja Silde (ed.) Muisti, arkisto, esitys. Näyttämö ja tutkimus 8. Helsinki: Teatterintutkimuksen seura 2020

“Re-imagining: A Case Study of Exercises and Strategies.” RUUKKU: Studies in Artistic Research 11, 2019 www.ruukku-journal.fi

“Democratic Bodies? Reflections on ‘Postmodern Dance’ in the United States and Finland.” Nordic Journal of Dance 8:2, Winter 2017

with Liisa Pentti, “Koreografian ja historiankirjoituksen uudelleen kuvittelua.” Tiede & Edistys 4/2017

“On the Author Function in Dance History.” In Annette Arlander, Laura Gröndahl and Marja Silde (ed.), Tekijä – teos, esitys ja yhteiskunta. Näyttämö ja tutkimus 6, Teatterintutkimuksen seura 2016, http://teats.fi/tekija-teos-esitys-ja-yhteiskunta/

“Corporeal Memories: A Historian’s Practice” in Thomas F. DeFrantz & Philipa Rothfield (ed.): Choreography and Corporeality: Relay in Motion. New World Choreographies Series. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2016

”Comedy Ballet as Social Commentary: Till Eulenspiegel (1916).” Dance Research 32:2, Winter 2014

“‘They Never Dance’: The Choreography of Le Sacre du PrintempsAVANT IV: 3/2013 DOI: 10.12849/40302013.1012.0002

“‘Great Horizons Flooded with the Alien Light of the Sun’: Le Sacre du Printemps in the Russian context.” Dance Research 31:1, Summer 2013

“‘Dancing Back to Arcady’ – On Representations of Early Twentieth-Century Modern Dance.” In Susanne Ravn and Leena Rouhiainen (ed.), Dance Spaces: Practices of Movement. University of Southern Denmark Press, Odense 2012

“Failed Impressions: Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in America.” Dance Research Journal 42:2, Winter 2010

“Historicizing aesthetic knowledge and perception in dance: kinaesthesia, proprioception and past corporeal knowledge.” In Carolyn Birdsall, Maria Boletsi, Itay Sapir and Pieter Verstraete (ed.), Ways of Knowing: (Un)doing Methodologies, Imagining Alternatives in the Humanities. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 2009