Professor Carl Lavery
- Professor of Theatre and Performance (Theatre, Film & 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:
- Cowan, Isla
Ecological Consciousness in Contemporary Scottish Theatre
- Dyson, Gillian
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.
- White, Jonathan
Investigating Concepts of Presence Through Uses of the Recorded Voice Onstage.
- whitehead, simon
Drifting together in the Anthropocene
- 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