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Dr Sarah Elisa Kelly

Lecturer, MA Engaged Ecology


Sarah comes from a background in cultural theory and critical thinking, specialising in philosophies of meaning-making via the field of deconstruction and French feminism. She went on to train as a hand paper maker first in Argentina and later the UK, developing a haptic, text based arts practice in the process.

Her PhD thesis from the Royal College of Art, in cultural theory and environmental humanities, was titled “Warm Like Ice: Radical Empathies in Glacial Times” and explored how narratives of time, emotion, internalised capitalism and relational interconnectivity contribute to ecological crises. Her research draws heavily on subversive arts thinking, alternative practices of imagination, forms of unknowing, non-dominant cultural cosmologies and modes of everyday creative resistance. She works within a care-led, slow scholarship framework and is gratefully indebted to the activism of academics of colour, indigenous, minority, feminist and queer knowledge.

Sarah has also trained extensively in somatic and movement practices and is passionate about embodiment politics. She is an apprentice teacher with the school of Movement Medicine and facilitates sharing circles and eco-somatic explorations under the moniker “Embodied Ecologies”.

Find our more about the Engaged Ecology programme Sarah teaches on here