Erin Manning (theorist)

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Erin Manning
Born1 February 1969
Era20th-/21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolProcess philosophy, radical empiricism
Main interests
Political philosophy

Erin Manning (born 1969) is a Canadian cultural theorist and political philosopher as well as a practicing artist in the areas of dance, fabric design, and interactive installation. Manning's research spans the fields of art, political theory, and philosophy. She received her Ph.D in Political Philosophy from University of Hawaii in 2000. She currently teaches in the Concordia University Fine Arts Faculty.[1]


Manning is founder and director of the SenseLab,[2] a research-creation laboratory affiliated with Hexagram: Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technology[3] in Montreal. She collaborates with Brian Massumi.[4] They co-edit a book series at MIT Press entitled Technologies of Lived Abstraction and are founding members of the editorial collective of the Sense Lab journal Inflexions: A Journal of Research Creation.[5]

Manning is frequently giving workshops and lectures at universities and other institutions, including but not limited to the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich University of the Arts) (with Brian Massumi),[6] the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee,[1] the Dance Bar (International Dance Programme) in Sweden,[7] and the University of California at Berkeley.[8]


  • Ephemeral Territories: Representing Nation, Home, and Identity in Canada (University of Minnesota Press, 2003) (ISBN 0816639256)[9][10]
  • Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) (ISBN 0816648441)[11][12]
  • Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (MIT Press, 2009) (ISBN 978-0-262-13490-3)[13][14]
  • Always More Than One: Individuation's Dance (Duke University Press, 2013) (ISBN 978-0-8223-5334-8)[15][16]
  • Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (with Brian Massumi; University of Minnesota Press, 2014) (ISBN 0816679673)
  • The Minor Gesture (Duke University Press, 2016) (ISBN 978-0-8223-7441-1)[17]


  1. ^ a b Erin Manning Faculty page at European Graduate School. With biography, bibliography and links to web resources. Retrieved: December 11, 2010.
  2. ^ SenseLab Retrieved: December 11, 2010
  3. ^ Hexagram Retrieved December 11, 2010
  4. ^ Brian Massumi. Retrieved: December 11, 2010
  5. ^ Inflexions: A Journal for Research-Creation. Retrieved: December 11, 2010
  6. ^ Brian Massumi and Erin Manning. Generating the Impossible. Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Workshop. Zurich. August 18, 2010
  7. ^ Erin Manning. The Dance Bar with Erin Manning. Dance Bar. International Dance Programme. Sweden, April 2010
  8. ^ Erin Manning and Janet O'Shea. Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. University of California at Berkeley. Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall). April 06, 2010
  9. ^ Hirji, Faiza (2004). "Ephemeral Territories: Representing Nation, Home, and Identity in Canada". Canadian Journal of Communication. 29 (2). doi:10.22230/cjc.2004v29n2a1443. ISSN 1499-6642.
  10. ^ Tiessen, Matthew (2016-11-06). "Book Review: Ephemeral Territories: Representing Nation, Home, and Identity in Canada". Space and Culture. 8 (1): 101–103. doi:10.1177/1206331204271451.
  11. ^ Francica, Cynthia (2010). "Cynthia Francica on "The Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty"". E3W Review of Books. University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  12. ^ McCormack, Derek P. (2007). "Politics and Moving Bodies". Political Theory. 35 (6): 816–824. doi:10.1177/0090591707307607. JSTOR 20452603.
  13. ^ Ferro-Murray, Ashley (2011). "Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (review)". Dance Research Journal. 43 (2): 101–104. doi:10.1017/s014976771100012x. ISSN 1940-509X.
  14. ^ Blassnigg, Martha (2011-04-28). "Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (review)". Leonardo. 44 (2): 177–178. doi:10.1162/leon_r_00130. ISSN 1530-9282.
  15. ^ Stanger, Arabella (2015-04-03). "Always More Than One: Individuation's Dance, by Erin Manning". Contemporary Theatre Review. 25 (2): 269–270. doi:10.1080/10486801.2015.1020693. ISSN 1048-6801.
  16. ^ Grobelny, Joseph. "Always More than One: Individuation's Dance". Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture. University of South Carolina. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  17. ^ Holland, Eugene W. (2017-08-29). "The minor gesture". Contemporary Political Theory. 17: 244–247. doi:10.1057/s41296-017-0145-8. ISSN 1470-8914.

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