Vikki Chalklin

Vikki Chalklin is a queer femme performer, activist and scholar based in London. Her research interests are primarily located at the intersection of body theory and performance studies, investigating what a consideration of affect, relationality and embodied subjectivity can bring to the study of performance, and how performance and spectatorship might develop our understandings of intersubjective and intercorporeal processes.  Vikki’s PhD thesis, completed in September 2012 and based jointly in the Media and Communications and Visual Cultures departments of Goldsmiths, University of London employed creative auto- and performance ethnographic methods to explore London’s queer performance club scene, with particular reference to performances of queer femininity.


Chalklin & Palmer explore the potential of queer clowning as a method for feminist new materialist practice.


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