Arseli Dokumaci is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Anthropology. She received her PhD in performance studies from Aberystwyth University and completed postdoctoral research at Concordia University’s Mobile Media Lab, where she also worked as a research associate for the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas (CCPPA). Between 2014-2016, Arseli was a Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC) postdoctoral fellow at McGill University’s Social Studies of Medicine Department.
Arseli's research focuses on the intersections of performance studies, media and critical disability studies. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals and edited volumes, including Research in Drama Education, Performance Research, Theatre Research in Canada, AMA Journal of Ethics, MISperformance: Essays in Shifting Perspectives (2014) and Reclaiming Participation: Technology - Mediation - Collectivity (2016).
Arseli is a video-maker and engages practice and theory in her projects. She has created various practice-led projects, including "Misfires that Matter" (2012), "Manifest: Disability in Everyday Life" (2014) and "Blindness, Techno-affordances and Participation" (2014).
Together with Kim Sawchuk, Arseli has co-founded the Performing Disability / Enabling Performance Work Group at the Encuentro (the Hemispheric Institute's biannual conference/festival) in 2014. Between 2013-2017, Arseli served as the Chair of Constituency Groups and a board member at Performance Studies international.