Background and activities

 

 I defended my doctoral thesis 21. January 2019:

Dansebygda Haltdalen – Knowledge-in-dancing in a Rural Community in Norway. Triangular interaction between dance, music and partnering

A scholarship from NTNU financed the docotoral work from 2102-2016.

I am currently employed at the Norwegian Centre for Traditional Music and Dance (Sff) where I have been a dance teacher, archivist and researcher since 2001. Sff is localised togheter with the Dance studies section at the Department of Music. I have been called as a part time teacher at the Dance Studies regularly. Sff is cooperating organisation to Choreomundus - International master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage.

I have a background as primary and secondary school teacher with music (1998). I have a BA from Dance studies at NTNU (2002), and hold an MA from the field of Ethnomusicology from the University of Bergen (2007).

I am a practitioner in Norwegian folkdance and I love teaching dance.

My doctoral thesis

Dansebygda Haltdalen – Knowledge-in-dancing in a Rural Community in Norway. Triangular interaction between dance, music and partnering

In Haltdalen there exists, and has existed historically, a festkultur (party culture), which involves social gatherings where people meet to have fun. That a festkultur, with its live music and couple dancing for community members across generations, still exists and even thrives today in contemporary ‘globalized’ Norway is, in fact, an ‘exotic’ situation.  In the heart of this festkultur is the music interacting with dancing of what could be labelled trønderrock, danseband¸ gammeldans and folkedans/traditional dance. Siri Mæland has researched the continuity of this festkultur during the years 2012-2015, with focus on the inhabitants knowledge-in-dancing  and on how they are intentionally and emotionally involved in the activity with co-dancers at community parties. Through her thesis Mæland shows how mastering the practical skills of social couple dancing (a common understanding of rhythm- and couple dance technique) unifies pleasure, knowledge, creativity and choreography. Her thesis is an innovative methodological approach, a demonstration of how formal analysis and experience-based perspectives can go hand in hand. This is an original contribution to dance scholarship, substantive and potentially very productive in heralding new directions in methodological inquiry. The thesis is a significant contribution to the understanding of Nordic dance practices, and to cultural research in general. Read more here.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Books

  • Fiskvik, Anne Margrete; Mæland, Siri; Torvik, Eli; Eeg-Tverbakk, Camilla; Haraldsen, Heidi M.. (2010) Dans,estetikk og samfunn. 2010. ISBN 9788275223515.

Part of book/report

  • Bakka, Egil; Karoblis, Gediminas; Mæland, Siri; Stranden, Marit. (2014) How performer-spectator relationship affects private and public place distinction. Dance, Place, Festival. Proceedings from the 27th Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM). Study Group on Ethnochoreology.
  • Mæland, Siri. (2014) Tradisjonsdans som universitetsstudium? Prøveordning med utøvarstudium i tradisjonsdans (2009-2012). (Re)Searching the Field. Festschrift in Honour of Egil Bakka.
  • Mæland, Siri. (2012) Testing the Concept of ‘Hybridity’ in Dance Studies: The Case of Halling: Halling at Competitions, Bergen Norway 1898 to Seljord, Norway 2011. Dancing Mosaic. Issues on Dance Hybridity.

Report/dissertation

  • Mæland, Siri. (2019) Dansebygda Haltdalen – Knowledge-in-dancing in a Rural Community in Norway. Triangular interaction between dance, music and partnering. 2019.
  • Mæland, Siri. (2007) Folkedanskroppen, ”a body-of-ideas”.Om historikk, stil, estetikk og kjønnsroller i Vestlandsspringaren. Universitetet i Bergen. 2007.