Tawny Andersen is currently completing her Ph.D. in McGill’s Department of Art History and Communication Studies under the supervision of Prof. Amelia Jones. Tawny’s dissertation, “Performativity as Critical Praxis: J.L Austin, Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, Catherine Malabou, c. 1955-2014,” conducts a historicization and theorization of the concept of “performativity” by means of an analysis of the germinal texts of its major theorists. In it, Tawny posits performativity as a mode of critical praxis characterized by both discursive resistance and embodied transgression—one that makes the ontological borders between art and philosophy more porous.
In 2018, Tawny will begin a two-year SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University in London, UK. Supervised by Prof. Tina Chanter, her research project “Corps, Corpus, Gender, Genre: Towards an Écriture Feminine Performative” will draw upon the two pairs of etymologically-linked terms that form the project’s title to consider how gender is (discursively and materially) inscribed in a selection of philosophy texts written by women.
Tawny holds an M.A. degree in Performance Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (summa cum laude), and has participated in Northwestern University’s Paris Program in Critical Theory and the London Graduate School’s Summer Academy in the Critical Humanities. Her recent articles appear in Performance Philosophy and Performance Research.
Tawny’s academic work is nourished by her decade-long career in contemporary dance, during which she toured the world in the works of many of Europe’s foremost directors and choreographers (including Jan Fabre, Meg Stuart, Chantal Akerman, and Kris Verdonck).