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Valentin Meneau

Valentin Meneau is a research associate at the Institute of Sociology in the area of "Gender Sociology & Gender Studies".

He graduated in Musicology (Bachelor 2014, Master 2018) and Gender Studies (Master 2019) at the Université de Franche-Comté and University of Graz, with a focus on the sociology of the body, gender and representations, and gender performance in popular dance. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Salzburg in the field of dance studies, where he is also a lecturer and research associate.

He received the DOC scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Science (2020) for his PhD.

Research and teaching interests:

- Sociology of gender and gender studies

- Social research and dance studies

- Sociology of the body

Current projects:

The vocabulary of DanceSport is evolving so rapidly that anyone remotely familiar with samba as it is currently practiced would laugh at the now ridiculous appearing performances of the 1970s. In fact, dance and its body vocabulary change and evolve, partly in response to the culture of which it is a part. The ideological and hegemonic concepts of gender, sexuality, race, class (among others) have a direct influence on the choreographic and technical repertoire.

The aim of this project is an analysis of dispositive in DanceSport. By considering the knowledge flowing through discourse, but also through bodily practice, and as it is inscribed within the framework of an institution, its social codes and judgement criteria, I wish to identify elements responsible for the stability or instability of the concrete hegemony reigning at each precise moment in the DanceSport microcosm.

By designing a genealogy, historicizing DanceSport’s choreographic vocabulary, I wish to focus both on the transformations in this vocabulary, as well as trace back the origins, itinerary and evolution of the historical process responsible for the emergence and stabilization of sexualization and female objectification on the dancefloor. To do so, I rely on a historical approach of critical discourse analysis, as well as movement analysis, selecting exemplary performances to determine relevant discursive events.

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