Faculty & Staff

Pirkko-Markula---Professor

Pirkko Markula, PhD

Professor

Physical Education and Recreation

About Me

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, Orchesis dance group, University of Alberta.

Currently:
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
  • Memory work on aging and the dancing body
  • Understanding the force of movement through dance movement analysis


Socio-cultural study of fitness industry and the fit feminine body:
I study fitness from a poststructuralist, feminist perspective. My current projects include:

    • Fitness instructors as health promoters with Joy Chikinda
    • Practicing Foucault: Creating ethical fitness instruction through BarrePilates

    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
    • Practicing Foucault: Creating ethical coaching 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.


    Teaching

    PERLS 685 Doctoral Seminar
    PERLS 581 Scientific Inquiry and Qualitative Research Methodology