Dr Tom Hastings is a Lecturer in Dance at London Contemporary Dance School
Tom lectures on contemporary dance at the intersection of critical race, postcolonial, Marxist, feminist, and queer interventions. He works across BA/MA, encouraging students to approach their dance practice as a mode of live research. Having studied Literature (BA; UCL) and Critical Theory (MA; Sussex), Tom completed his PhD in Art History at University of Leeds in 2018 – his thesis, “Defining the Body-Object of Minimalism: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s”, explores the relationship between writing, movement, and props in Rainer’s expanded choreography. At present, Tom is co-editing a volume of essays titled Feminist Genealogies of the Body and gathering material for a book proposal through teaching; his first monograph, Johnnie Cooper: Sunset Strip, was published by Black Dog Press in 2018. Peer-review articles feature in Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts, Sculpture Journal and Performance Research; art criticism in Artforum, Art Monthly, Frieze, Burlington Contemporary, Studio International, Ma Bibliothèque, and Texte zur Kunst. Tom is a former Co-Editor of parallax journal (2015-18) and is at work on a book to do with gesture politics.