Casper 'Cap' BendixsenGraduate Student
My research is focused on American rodeo and its performance and place in the contemporary American West as well as a globalized spectacle. I am also concerned with the representation of the American West on national and international stages, as well as the relationship between the lived West and the imagined West. As a rodeo athlete with both college and professional experience, I am especially interested in the experiences of cowboys and cowboy athletes as related to these ideas.
I am also interested in discussions and topics related to the ethnographic method and the ethnography as literature. In my research specifically I attempt an interdisciplinary mode of research and writing that also examines the imaginary American West found in modern American Literature and “the Western” as a genre.
In the fall of 2009 I was part of an exhibition tour of professional rodeo in Europe. I was both athlete and researcher while on the tour. I am currently in residence at Rice University.