Kath Bicknell

2011 ADSA Conference

This year’s  Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference, “Transcultural. Transnational. Transformation: seeing, writing and reading performance across cultures” kicks off at Monash University in Melbourne this Tuesday.  I’m looking forward to hearing about the recent work of other performance and theatre studies researchers and feeling the conference buzz.

I’m presenting a short paper on mountain bikers’ senses of place as part of a phenomenology panel.  If you’re interested, the abstract is below.


A sense of place, a sense of self, a sense of something else.


How does a transcultural, multi-placial performance practice manifest in an experience of selfhood?  Considering mountain bike riders as a culture of mobility, this presentation draws together a series of phenomenological investigations of mountain bike racing to reflect on relations between senses of self and senses of place. Drawing upon Edward Casey’s application of Pierre Bourdieu’s habitus to the place-world, I argue that a deep immersion in performance practice develops a series of skills and strategies that extend beyond distinct place bound experiences into many.


I’ve been requested to write a plain English version of the above:


Riders like to ride in different places. This makes us happy and influences our off-bike life as well. Let’s talk about that…


The Popular Entertainment Studies eJournal applies an interesting range of theoretical perspectives to the broad spectrum of entertainment.  A new issue of the journal has been published which includes a paper I wrote on the impact of spectators… Read More

Riding Radicals in 2011

A nice neat attachment system and pro treatment on the back of the light.

Following this video post (and great riding experience) using Radical Lights, several bike nerd discussions and general bike technology excitment, I am pleased to share that I will be riding, racing and working with Radical Lights in 2011. Read More

Time. Transcendence. Performance. Proceedings.

Peer reviewed conference proceedings from the “Time. Transcendence. Performance” conference I attended at Monash University in 2009 have now been published online.  Follow this link to browse through a large selection of work from the event.  I contributed a paper investigating the lived experience of cross-country racing, questioning the different thought processes in an elite and a developing athlete in relation to ideas about flow. Read More

About Performance is an annual journal situated within the academic field of Performance Studies.  The current issue considers the role of the spectator in live performance and includes a broad range of interesting works on the topic.  A paper I wrote investigating spectating at mountain bike events is included in this volume and considers the skill development processes made possible by watching other riders race across technical trails. Read More