Hanna Väätäinen

Hanna Väätäinen is a music and dance scholar who has done research on wheelchair dance sports and integrated dance. Her dissertation Rumbasta rampaan. Vammaisen naistanssijan ruumiillisuus pyörätuolikilpatanssissa (2003, Åbo Akademis förlag) is a feminist ethnography which focuses on the performances of gender and disability in wheelchair dance sports. In her postdoctoral monograph Liikkeessä pysymisen taika. Etnografisia kokeiluja yhteisötanssiryhmässä (2009, Eetos) she analyses integrated dance in the context of Deleuze and Guattari's texts. Väätäinen is interested in the use of movement improvisation in ethnographic encounters, in the analysis of research material and in the creation of analytical concepts for music and dance research.