Cécile Guédon is an Assistant Professor in French and Francophone Studies within the newly forming European Languages and Transcultural Studies department at UCLA (July 2019). At Harvard, she was a Visiting Lecturer in Theatre, Dance and Media and a Research Associate in Comparative Literature (2018-2019). She was previously a Lecturer in Comparative Literature (2015-2018) and a post-doctoral Research Associate at the Romance Languages and Literatures/Visual and Environmental Studies Departments at Harvard University (2014-2015).
Her first monograph: Abstraction in Motion: A Choreographic Approach to Modernism is under revisions (2019); in addition, she is currently working on her second book project dealing with improvisation and embodiment. Cécile has held research positions at the Centre for European Studies (UCL, London); CRAL (EHESS, Paris); the International Research Training Group Interart at the Institut für Theater- und Tanzwissenschaft (FU, Berlin); the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Groningen (NL); the MediaLab and the Department of Art, Culture and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA). She was Curator in Residence at the Momentum Gallery, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin in 2017, and has been offered residencies at the Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts (MA) and at the Cochlea Dance Lab in Athens (Greece) in 2018.
Between 2015 and 2018, she has given Masterclasses in the UK, USA, Canada, and Europe—including the Yale School of Architecture, and STUK (A House for Dance, Image and Sound) in Leuven (Belgium). She has received six Awards for Excellence in Teaching and two Thomas T. Hoopes Prizes for Excellence in Thesis Advising. As a doctoral student, she received three prizes for outstanding contribution (Harvard, ACLA, 2009; Stanford, Society of Dance History Scholars, 2009; Berlin Academy for the Arts and Sciences, 2010). At the Mahindra Centre for the Humanities, she has led the Mellon Interdisciplinary Seminar: Panaesthetics—A Colloquium on the Visual Arts, Literature and Music (2015-2018).
She is member of the editorial board for the peer-reviewed journal Evental Aesthetics (UCLA/University of Southern California).