Research

Tina Carter (PhD) continues to research circus (and aerial in particular) in different ways, through practice, writing and presenting at conferences. She is writing an auto-ethnographic book that should be published in spring 2021. 

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Please see below some of Tina’s published and shared works.


A short-statured woman with should-length arms and no hands suspends from two hand-loops on an aerial hoop. Amputee Erin Ball is in the background holding a microphone.

2019: Report for Lisa Ullman Travel Scholarship Fund, awarded to Tina Carter to work with Erin Ball on her #camputee2019 in Kingston, Ontario.

Photo: ©Michael East


2018: Exposing the Implicit: AD for Aerial Action, Identity and Story-Telling. Teaching Artist Journal, Vol. 16, 2018: Issue 3-4: Storytelling and The Threads of Meaning.


2018: Accessible Aerial: A Reflection Chapter in Reasons to be Graeae: A Work in Progress


2018: Rolling into Flight: Practical Reflections on Accessible Aerial. Presentation. Circus & Its Others, Prague.


2018: Freaks No More: Rehistoricizing Disabled Circus Artists. Performance MattersVol 4, No 1-2 (2018): Circus and Its Others


2018: Aerialist by Rebecca Truman – Book Review


2016: Circus and the missing M. Presentation: OTHERHOOD: Circus & Identity, Zagreb.

Photo: ©Catrin Osborne. Part of her This is what a menopausal woman looks like project.


2016: Is the twenty-first century disabled artiste un-freaking or re-freaking circus? Presentation: Circus & Its Others Conference, Montreal. July 2016. Invited to contribute a shortened version of the paper to online peer-reviewed journal.


2017: Accessible Aerial – How to begin. Presentation made several times around the UK including at NCCA and for Extraordinary Bodies, as they researched their Tool Kit. Presentation.


2015: Suspending Conventions: How ‘disabled aerialists’ are challenging aesthetic and methodological practices in 21st Century aerial(ism) PhD Thesis.


2014: Dangerous Play: “Supercrip” Aerialists and the Paralympic Opening Ceremony of London 2012. About Performance, No. 12, 2013: 83-102.


2014: Diversity in Aerial: Not only Attractive but Necessary in the Twenty-First Century. Presentation.


2013: “Contemporary street arts in Europe: aesthetics and politics” by Susan Heidicke – Book Review. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre & Performance. Vol 18, 2013: Issue 4.


2013: Dis’abling’ aerial for small statured performers in London 2012´s Paralympic Opening Ceremony Presentation.


2012: ‘cripping up’ or coming out as non-disabled: a personal reflection on the pursuit of an ethical research practice. Presentation.


2012: Betwixt and Between: the liminal status of the ‘Disabled Aerialist’. Presentation.


2011: Re-Presenting the Aerialist in the Post-Superhuman Age. Symposium Provocation.


2010: The Ethics of Appropriation in Aerial Choreography. Presentation.