Concordia University



MJ Thompson

Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies and Practices, Art Education

On research leave 2019/2020

Office: S-EV 2.619 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4646

MJ Thompson is a writer and teacher working on dance, performance, and visual art. Her dissertation, Impure Movement: Mundane Body Techniques in 20th Century American Choreography (NYU 2009) was recipient of the Cynthia Jean Cohen Bull Memorial Award for Academic Excellence. She was a Lillian S. Robinson Fellow at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montreal in 2010. Her articles have appeared in Ballettanz, Border Crossings, The Brooklyn Rail, Canadian Art, Dance Current, Dance Ink, Dance Magazine, The Drama Review, Women and Performance, Theatre Journal, and elsewhere.


PhD, Performance Studies, New York University (May 2008)
MA, Performance Studies, New York University (May 1999)
BA, English Literature, Ottawa University (May 1988)

Research interests

Thompson's research interests include dance and performance studies, feminist performance, art and the environment, theories of everyday life, writing and writing pedagogy.

Teaching activities

Undergraduate Courses

FFAR 250: Reading the Arts Across the Disciplines

Graduate Courses

ARTE 606: Studio/Art Education
Art and the Anthropocene (2019)

ARTE 660: Special Topics in Art Education
Performance and Pedagogy (2018, 2015)

ARTE 606: Studio/Art Education
Water 2.0: Fieldwork and the Anthropocene (2017)

ARTE 606: Studio/Art Education
Image/Text/Motion: Water Poetics and Politics (2016)

Graduate Supervision

Lucie Lederhendler, Art Education (pending September 2019)
Art in an Unprogrammed Terrain: La Falaise Saint-Jacques, Montreal

Jessie Stong, Art Education (2018)
Durational Performance as Pedagogy: 200 Hours of Queer Puppets

Joy Ross Jones, Art Education (2018)
Developing a Feminist Pedagogy: A Self-Study of Empowerment through Mentorship

Renée Charron, Art Education (2017)
In-corporeal Diagrams: Drawing from Dance to Architecture

Adam Kinner, INDI (2016)
Suite canadienne (2015): Re-Performance and Otherwise Movements

JoDee Allen, Humanities -- in progress
Olivia McGillchrist, INDI -- in progress
Allison Peacock, Humanities -- in progress
Emilie St-Hilaire, Humanities -- in progress


Thompson, MJ (2020). "In a Landscape, or Against the Privatization of the View." In Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Special Issue "Composing Climate Change: Atmosphere, Affect, Attention"; Guest Editor Joshua Trey Barnett. University of California Press.

Thompson, MJ (2017). "Two-Way Street: The Icon and the City." In Performance Studies in Canada. Levin, Laura and Schweitzer, Marlis, Eds. McGill-Queen's Press; 287-315.

Thompson, MJ (2017). "The Colour of Childhood." In Sarindar Dhaliwal: The Radcliffe Line and Other Geographies. St-Catherines, ON: Rodman Hall Art Centre; 52-65.

Thompson, MJ (2016). "revised formations, post-disciplinary dance." Performance Matters. Vol 2, No 2 (Simon Fraser University).

Doolittle, Farfan, Flynn & Thompson (2013). "Folk as Keyword: Perspectives from Dance." In Discourses in Dance. Vol 5, No 2; 2-13.

Thompson, MJ (2013). "Rethinking the Pedestrian: Katherine Dunham, Walking and the Mimetic Everyday." In Discourses on Dance. Vol 5, No 2; 29-51.

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