Dr Carol Marie Webster is based at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and is project leader on the cultural engagement and performance research project Transportation Transformation: Migration, Teleportation and Railways. She is a profession dance artist and interdisciplinary performance researcher with primary research interest in the performance and performative practices of the African Diaspora/Black Atlantic. As an artist, researcher, and arts researcher, Carol Marie interrogates in/equity, identity, and belonging in the areas of religion, culture, ‘race’/ethnicity, gender, and dis/ability. Her research outputs generally include monographs, performances, community exchanges, and new media public engagements.
Carol Marie received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies from the University of Leeds. Her doctorate explored the influence of transatlantic enslavement laws and cultural practices, colonial Christianity, and embodied African epistemological heritage on contemporary Jamaican Catholic women’s performative practices at the Liturgy of the Eucharist. She received her MA in Religious Studies and MA in Cultures and Development Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium, where she explored implication of St. Paul’s body theology for the full participation of persons with disabilities and women of the African Diaspora in contemporary Christianity and the contemporary dance studio in secular Belgium in construction of appropriate notion of Christian femininity, respectively.
Transportation Transformation: Migration, Teleportation and Railways calls on dance, visual arts, and theatre to explore points of converge between the narratives of physicists conducting research in quantum teleportation at the University of Oxford, African Caribbean immigrants in Chapeltown, Leeds accounts of migration, and the railway culture and history of Leeds Central Railway. This ambitious project brings together academia, industry, local community and professional artists to examine the similar challenges of migration and teleportation and the impact on individual and community understanding of identity, value, history and belonging.