Tiffany Pollock is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Humanities (Children, Childhood and Youth program), and a Postdoctoral Researcher on the SSHRC PDG Connecting Childhood and Culture project. Tiffany’s research focuses on the negotiations involved when musical cultures, people, capital and ideas move across transnational spaces. She examines how practices of music and dance become sites through which the tensions of these movements are mediated. For her recently completed dissertation, she collaborated with young Thai and Burmese fire dance teams who perform for tourists on southern Thai islands. Situated at the intersections of labour and dance, this ethnographic project explored the tensions that dancers experience performing artistic labour in transnational tourist economies, and how these tensions are embodied, expressed and mapped affectively and spatially in fire dance scenes. The project elaborates processual landscapes of labour, agency, value and the affective moralities of fire dancers in Thailand, as nodes that link with larger structures of capitalism and colonialism. In the next two years, Tiffany will be collaborating with fire dancers to produce a manuscript based on this research.
Keywords: Movement; dance; music; labour; capitalism; tourism; transnational, economies; affect; space; moral economies; Thailand; Southeast Asia