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Dr Fusako Innami, an Associate Professor at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University, has received a Fulbright Award to enable her to research at the University of California (Berkeley) on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.

Dr Fusako Innami is an Associate Professor in Japanese and Performance Studies at Durham University, and author of Touching the Unreachable: Writing, Skinship, Modern Japan (Michigan, 2021). She lives according to an ethos of intercultural understanding, knowledge exchange, and community building through arts and cultures with her embodied experience in Japan, Italy, the US, and the UK. Since her childhood study of classical ballet and music, she has reflected on what it means to integrate gestures, movements, and rhythms migrating from different continents to enter her body.  

Dr Innami has been selected from a strong applicant pool to complete her Fulbright project, entitled Gestural Writing: Performance, Topography, Trace. This project concerns performance which by its very nature disappears. How do we recollect live performances that are not available in recordings, but only remain in the form of reviews, scores, pictures, or digitized archives? Her project gathers traces of dancers’ transcultural movements, contacts, and memoirs. Based in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, she will explore new methods of reconstructing past performances. 



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