My name is Chris Henderson. I am a PhD student in the American Studies/Sports Studies department at the University of Iowa. I continue to create as a photographer and public artist and draw on my previous work as a journalist.
My academic and artistic work explores the intersections of performance, fandom, activism and place. My dissertation Pleasurable Labors: Fandom, Community, and the Contested Performance of Place is based on two semester-length performance ethnographies amongst fan groups in Portland, Oregon and Liverpool, England. I received two research fellowships from the University of Iowa to live, perform and conduct interviews with the Rose City Riveters, a queer-led independent fan group for the Portland Thorns women’s soccer team and Fans Supporting Foodbanks, a collective stadium-based food collection effort by working class fans of two rival soccer clubs in Liverpool.
I have also worked as a writer, photographer and site-specific public artist based in New York City collaborating on programs that negotiated and contested the borders between art, audiences, and place. Work included interactive performative screenings, the formation of site-specific residency for visual and performing artists in the basement of a former hospital and long-form journalism on soccer.
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Academic profile: University of Iowa