Professor Carl Lavery
- Professor of Theatre and Performance (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)
My main research interests are in the fields of ecology and environment, contemporary French theatre and performance and performance writing. Much of this work is informed by a crossdisciplinary interest in site, politics, and aesthetics. My current work as co-editor on the volume Greening the Absurd for Methuen attempts to bring these diverse interests together in a common nexus that connects the ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ with new research in the fields of ecology and environment. Along with my colleague Dee Heddon, I will edit a special volume of the journal Green Letterson theatre and ecology in 2015.
For much of 2013, I have been a PI on the AHRC funded project ‘Future of Ruins: Reclaiming Abandonment and Toxicity on Hashima Island’. See the website for more details and a report on the project. As part of the project I collaborated with the sculptor Lee Hassall on an 80 minute performance piece called Return to Battleship Island. We have toured the performance throughout the UK in a number of different venues including the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, the Worcester Garage and the Japan Foundation in London. In 2014, we will take the performance to Buenos Aires.
- 2013 PI on AHRC funded project ‘Future of Ruins: Reclaiming Abandonment and Toxicity on Hashima Island
- 2013 CI on the AHRC funded project ‘Homing in: Sense, Sensing and Sustainable-Place Making’.
- 2013 CI on AHRC funded project Creative Resilience
I have supervised 5 PhD students to completion in the past five years and a number of MA and MPhil students. Current students include:
- Casado, Rosa
Just a little bit of history repeating: understanding and visioning social space through meetings with places no longer there (working tittle).
- Cassidy, Caitriona
Solitude and solidarity - the individual and social belonging in the theatre of Albert Camus and Eug
- Dyson-moss, Gillian Elizabeth
Is there a contemporary feminist uncanny? An investigation into the relationship between object and performer in solo performance art.
- Rawlings, Angela Marie
Performing Geochronology in the Anthropocene: Siting Depths and Temporality along the North Atlantic Drift.
- Sillitoe, Hugh
A comparative ethnography of contemporary absurdist performance practices amongst theatre practitioners and socio-political activitists.
- Vile, Gareth
Comics and Dramaturgy
- Wilson, Harry
Practising with Barthes: encounters between performance and photography.
- Space, Place and Landscape
- Playwrighting and Dramaturgy
- External examiner at University of Manchester, Goldsmiths University of London, Roehampton University, and University of Kent (MA)
- Currently involved in the REF as special advisor Sub-panel 35: Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
- Serve on the editorial boards of: Performance Research, Contemporary Theatre Review, Cambridge University
- Greening the Absurd (Methuen, 2014) – edited collection
- Green Papers (Routledge, 2015) – edited collection
- Performing Ecology/Practising Location (Manchester 2016)
- ’Hashima 1’ Asian Studies Conference, San Diego; April 2013
- ‘Hashima 3’ Department of Geography, Exeter University; May 2013
- ‘Hashima 5,’ Post-Traumatic Landscapes Conference, Sheffield; May 2013
- ‘Hashima 6, ‘East Asian Societies in Transition: Challenges and Connections, Nottingham; September 2013
- ‘Return to Battleship Island,’ Foundry Studio Theatre, Film and Television Seminar Series; Aberystwyth October 2013
- 'Return to Battleship Island,' Radical Space October 2013, Conference, Keynote; University of East London, Docklands
- ‘Came Dancing Cross the Water: The Ecological Image in Battleship Island’, Performing Ecologies Conference, Central School of Speech and Drama; London, October 2013
- ‘Return to Battleship Island – Performance,’ Millennium Centre, Cardiff; December 2013
- ‘Rethinking Battleship Island,’ Japan Foundation, London; December 2013,
- ‘Return to Battleship Island – Performance,’ Gas Gallery, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth