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Dr Emily Beausoleil

Lecturer

School of People, Environment and Planning

Dr Emily Beausoleil explores the conditions, challenges, and possibilities of democratic engagement in diverse societies, with a particular focus on artistic and embodied strategies to facilitate listening in politics.  Connecting affect, democratic theory, neuroscience, and the performing arts, Beausoleil’s work responds to compelling calls to find new models for coalition and community by asking how we realise these ideals in concrete terms. 


Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +646 356 9099 ext 83652
    Location: 5.10, Social Science Tower (SST)
    Campus: Turitea

Prizes and Awards

  • Massey University Research Fund Early Career Award ($6,724) - Massey University (2015)
  • Marsden Fast-Start Award ($300,000) - Royal Society of New Zealand (2017)
  • Massey University Research Fund Early Career Research Award ($7,306) - Massey University (2016)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Affective and embodied dimensions of democratic politics

Democratic participation in civil society

Multicultural and postcolonial theory, policy and practice

The ethics of encounter in diverse societies

Power relations and poliical marginalization

Conditions, challenges and strategies for listening and voice in politics

Democratic process design

Aesthetic, performance and cultural theory and practice

Conflict transformation approaches

Intersections of neuroscience and political behaviour

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Art Theory and Criticism (190100):
Cultural Studies (200200): Cultural Theory (200204): Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205):
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies (200209):
Performing Arts and Creative Writing (190400):
Political Science (160600): Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609):
Postcolonial Studies (200211):
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000):
Studies In Human Society (160000)

Keywords

Contemporary political theory                     

Postcolonial theory

Democratic theory and practices          

Multicultural theory and policy           

Affect theory

Body theory

Listening and voice (political communication)

Aesthetics

Performance theory and practice

Dance

Cultural theory       

Testimony

Poststructuralism       

Conflict transformation approaches

History of political thought

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 1

Current Projects

Project Title: Hearing the Difference: New Strategies for Listening in Contemporary Politics

Date Range: 2017 - 2020

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Beausoleil, EJ. (2017). The Political Space of Art: The Dardenne Brothers, Arundhati Roy, Ai Weiwei, and Burial. Contemporary Political Theory. 16(3), 409-412
[Book Review]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2017). Visionary Pragmatism: Radical and Ecological Democracy in Neoliberal Times. The journal of politics. 79(2), e49-e50
[Book Review]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2017). A New Theory of the Human As (and Through) Imbrication: Samantha Frost’s Biocultural Creatures. Contemporary Political Theory. 20(3), 867-872
[Book Review]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2017). Responsibility as responsiveness: Enacting a dispositional ethics of encounter. Political Theory. 45(3), 291-318
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ., & Gagnon, JP. (2017). Resist and revivify: Democratic theory in a time of defiance. Democratic Theory. 4(1), 1-10
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2015). Horizontality as Democratic Horizon: Practising the Multitude. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. 12(1), 181-185
[Book Review]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ., & Chou, M. (2015). Non-western theories of democracy. Democratic Theory. 2(2), 1-7
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2015). Embodying an ethics of response-ability. Borderlands e-Journal : New Spaces in the Humanities. 14(2), 1-16
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2015). Marginalised voices, dominant listening: Designing for democratic engagement in unequal societies. Women Talking Politics. , 12-13 Retrieved from http://nzpsa.com/women-talking-politics
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2015). Mastery of knowledge or meeting of subjects? The epistemic effects of two forms of political voice. Contemporary Political Theory.
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2014). Eating anxiety: The perils of food politics. Contemporary Political Theory. 14(1), e26-e30Retreived from http://www.palgrave-journals.com/cpt/journal/v14/n1/full/cpt20148a.html
[Book Review]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2014). 'Only They Breathe': Identity, Agency and the Dancing Body Politic. Constellations. 21(1), 111-133
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ., & LeBaron, M. (2014). What Moves Us: Dance and Neuroscience Implications for Conflict Approaches. Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 31(2), 133-158 Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/crq.21086/abstract
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2014). The Science, Politics and Art of Receptivity.. Ethics and Global Politics. 7(1) Retrieved from http://www.ethicsandglobalpolitics.net/index.php/egp/article/view/23231
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ., Manning, E., Stern, N., Lichty, P., Bouclair, L., Boucher, M-P., . . . Thain, A. (2013). Into the Midst: An Out-of-Series Inflexions Issue. Inflexions. Retrieved from http://www.inflexions.org/intothemidst.html
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2013). Contraction and release. ARCHÉE. , online Retrieved from http://archee.qc.ca/archives/sommaire_2013_12.php
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.

Book

Beausoleil, EJ. (2017). Twenty-first Century Citizenship: Critical, Global, Active. In . Andrew Brown (Ed.) Citizenship: Past and Present. Palmerston North: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Allen, N., Beausoleil, E., Bignall, S., Meek, A., Meffan, J., & Pino-Ojeda, W. (2016). The Limits of Responsibility. J. Lawn, MC. Bortolotto, K. Worthington, & A. Meek (Eds.) (Vol. 4) ,on-line: borderlines e-journal
[Scholarly edition]Authored by: Beausoleil, E., Meek, A.Edited by: Bortolotto, M., Lawn, J., Meek, A., Worthington, K.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2014). Dance and neuroscience: Implications for conflict transformation. In M. LeBaron, C. MacLeod, & AF. Acland (Eds.) The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement, and Neuroscience. (pp. 3 - 14). : American Bar Association
[Chapter]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2013). Political Actors: Performance as Democratic Protest in Anti-Apartheid Theater. In NS. Love, & M. Mattern (Eds.) Doing Democracy. : SUNY Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2006). 'But What if the Object Began to Speak?’: Dialogical Potential Within Performance Consumption and Its Implications for Deliberative Democracy. In FOCT. Conference, SP. Rath, KN. Rani, & VC. Sudheer (Eds.) Dialogics of cultural encounters. : Pencraft International
[Chapter]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.

Conference

Beausoleil, EJ. (2017, June). Hearing the 'People': Insulation, Fragility, and the Challenge of Receptivity Among Dominant Groups. Presented at Populism and ‘Constructing a People’: Ideology and Discourse Analysis International Conference 2017. Essex University, Essex UK.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2017, August). Art and Social Justice. Presented at Diversity in Philosophy Symposium. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2017, August). Hearing the Difference: Listening and Inequality in Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented at American Political Science Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, California, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2016, September). Author Meets Critics: Romand Coles’ Visionary Pragmatism. Presented at Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference. UNSW, Sydney Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2016, September). Embodying an Ethics of Response-ability: Notes from the Moving Field. Presented at Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference. UNSW, Sydney Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2016, October). Right to Speak, Responsibility to Listen: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Engaging Mainstream Group. Presented at New Forms of Political Organisation Symposium. Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2015, November). Somatic Ethics: Three Dimensions of a Praxis of Response-ability. Presented at Relationality Symposium. Otago University.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2015, August). 21st Century Citizenship: Critical, Global, Active. Presented at Citizenship: Past and Present. Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ.(2014, December). Encountering otherness: Perception of threat as threat to democracy. .
[Conference]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ.(2014, December). From mastery to meeting: Reworking the terms of ethical encounter. .
[Conference]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2014, December). Encountering Otherness: Perception of Threat as Threat to Democracy. Presented at New Threats to Democracy. Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2014, December). From Mastery to Meeting: Reworking the Terms of Ethical Encounter. Presented at New Zealand Political Studies Association Annual Conference. University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ.(2013, August). Listening through the skin: Embodied conditions and approaches to receptivity. .
[Conference]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2013, March). Witnessing Testimony: Ethical Challenges and Aesthetic Alternatives. Presented at Western Political Science Association Annual Conference. Los Angeles, CA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2013, August). Listening Through the Skin: Embodied Conditions and Approaches to Receptivity.. Presented at American Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2012, July). Coming to Our Senses: The Neuroscience, Politics and Dance of Embodied Receptivity. Presented at Crossroads in Cultural Studies. Paris, France.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2011, September). Performing Democracy: Artistic Engagements with Identity/Difference. Presented at American Political Science Association Annual Conference. Seattle, Washington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2010, September). The Art of Translation: Legislative Theatre and its Implications for Democratic Theory. Presented at American Political Science Association Annual Conference. Washington, DC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2010, September). (En)Acting Protest: Theatre of Resistance in Apartheid South Africa. Presented at American Political Science Association Annual Conference. Washington, DC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2009, March). The Dove-Tailing of Multicultural and Arts Policy: A Sedative or Transformative Politics?. Presented at Western Political Science Association Annual Conference. Vancouver, BC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2009, September). Artistic Performance as Political Resistance: The Case of South African Protest Theatre. Presented at 5th ECPR General Conference. Potsdam, Germany.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2007, March). Artistic Performance as Effective Resistance: The Failed Case of the Couple in the Cage. Presented at Transnationalism, Activism, Art. Toronto, Ontario.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2007, August). The Art of Intercultural Performance: Challenges, Negotiations, and Implications for Identity Politics. Presented at American Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago, Ill.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2006, June). Opening the Cage: The Political Implications of the Performative Arts for Intercultural Dialogue. Presented at Deconstructing Empire: Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference. Victoria, BC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2005, May). ‘Ain’t it Beautiful Being Crazy?’: The Interrelation of Jazz Improvisation and Self- Destruction. Presented at Inscriptions in the Sand: 8th International Literature and Humanities Conference. Famagusta, Northern Cyprus.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2005, November). Speaking without Words: An Examination of Intercultural Dance Collaboration as a Form of Intercultural Communication. Presented at One Vision – Many Voices: Cross-cultural/Anti-Racism Education Conference. Edmonton, AB.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.

Other

Beausoleil, EJ. (2016, October). Responsibility as Responsiveness. In Politics, Aesthetics, and Movement Reading Group. Presented at Emily Carr University, Vancouver BC, Canada.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2016, November). Breaking Sound Barriers: How the Arts Help Us Listen in Diverse Societies (Keynote address). Presented at Spring Uprising Festival, Wellington NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2015, September). The Potency of Unruly Practices: Democracy and Artistic Performance. Presented at Spring Uprising Festival, Wellington New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2015, September). Democracy at Work? The Case of Legislative Theatre. Presented at Massey University, Wellington New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2014, April). Embodying an Ethics of Encounter. In ESocSci Network (multi-campus national research group).
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2014, June). The Politics of Listening: Lessons from the Field. In University of Victoria, Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2014). Apartheid. (pp. 108 - 109). Wiley
[Other]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2013, September). Moved to Listen: The Embodied Dimensions of Receptivity in Politics. In Reed College, Portland Oregon.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2013, September). Moved to Listen: The Embodied Dimensions of Receptivity in Politics. In Reed College, Portland Oregon.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2013, October). Participatory Theatre as a Form of Voice for Marginalised Groups. In Massey University Development Programme.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.
Beausoleil, EJ. (2013, October). The Neuroscience, Politics and Art of Listening. In EScoSci Network (multi-campus national research group).
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Beausoleil, E.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Hakimeh Khajeh - PhD
    Understanding the social complexity in Muslim communities in New Zealand and pathways to belonging.
  • Christina Tausa - PhD
    Constitutional democracy vs traditional democracy in Samoa

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