Pirkko Markula-Denison, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
Email
pirkko.markula@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-7192
Address
4-423 Van Vliet Complex - West
8831 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H9

Overview

About

Degrees

Ph.D (Kinesiology, major sport sociology) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States

MSc (sport administration) University of Jyvaskyla, Finland


Background

Lecturer, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Lecturer, Brunel University, United Kingdom

Senior lecturer, Exeter University, United Kingdom

Senior lecturer, University of Bath, United Kingdom


Contemporary dancer 

Trained at the Dance Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States (emphasis on Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon techniques) and Erick Hawkins technique with Randy Howard in Hamilton, New Zealand

Currently choreographer and dancer, Initial 6, University of Alberta.


Fitness Instructor

ACE certified group fitness instructor

Pilates instructor (Michael King, United Kingdom)

BarrePilates instructor


Research

Physical cultural studies of dance:

I study dance in contemporary culture from a poststructuralist, Deleuzian perspective. My current projects include:

  • Popular culture of dance (‘So You Think You Can Dance’)
  • Contemporary recreational dancers’ and instructors’ understandings of injury and health
  • The Contemporary Ballet Body: Representation and Experience
  • Research Creation: Aging and the dancing body with Initial 6 dancers
  • Understanding the force of movement through dance movement analysis
  • Dance, Movement and Leisure Cultures


Socio-cultural study of fitness industry and the fit feminine body:

I study fitness from a poststructuralist, feminist perspective. My current projects include:

  • Practicing Foucault: Creating ethical fitness instruction through BarrePilates


Blog: Fit Femininity

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fit-femininity


Socio-cultural study of sport: I study sport from a poststructuralist, feminist perspective. My current projects include:

  • Socio-cultural study of endurance running with William Bridel and Jim Denison
  • New Materialism and Physical Activity with Jim Denison


Ethnography, autoethnography, performance ethnography:

As a qualitative researcher, I use multiple methods to collect empirical material. I also engage in alternative ways of research representation, particularly dance performance ethnography.


Co-Founder: the Body, Movement, and Culture Research Group

https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/bmc-research-group/home


Latest Publication

Markula, P. (2019). Deleuze and Physically Activity Body. London, UK: Routledge.





Teaching

KSR 685 Doctoral Seminar

KSR 581 Scientific Inquiry and Qualitative Research Methodology