Professor Carl Lavery
- Professor of Theatre and Performance (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)
After spending a year in Paris at the University of Paris 8 as a recipient of the Entente Cordiale Scholarship Scheme, my first academic post was as lecturer in Drama at the University of East Anglia. I taught Theatre and Performance Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester, Loughborough, Lancaster, and Aberystwyth before arriving at the University of Glasgow in 2013. I am an associate editor for the journal Performance Research.
I have long been interested in the relationship between politics and aesthetics, with a special interest in theatre and revolution. Lately, I have attempted to find a way of expanding that interest out to include an engagement with nature and the earth. My recent work has been concerned to investigate not so much an ecological theatre – which doesn’t make a great deal of sense to me – but rather a theatrical way of doing ecology and also an ecological way of doing theatre. I have published articles, books and special editions on various topics, including ruins, animism, the Situationist International, walking and the Paris Commune. I have also made films, published performance writing and collaborated on theatre projects. I have written extensively on a wide number of practitioners, including Jean Genet, Guy Debord, Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, and Lone Twin.
- 2020-: Replaying Performance (LABEX) – CI
- 2016-17: Reviewing Spectacle: The Past, Presents and Futures of the Situationist International in Contemporary Performance (AHRC): CI
- 2013: The Future of Ruins: Reclaiming Abandonment and Toxicity on Hashima Island (AHRC: PI)
- 2013: Creative Resilience Through Community Imaginings (AHRC: CI)
- 2013: Homing in: Sensing, sense-making and sustainable place making (AHRC: CI)
I invite PhD projects that look at:
- Ecology and Environment
- Politics and Revolution
- Cities and Urban Experience
- Affect and Sensation
- Ruins and Atmosphere
- Theatre and Philosophy
Current students include:
- Cowan, Isla
Ecological Consciousness in Contemporary Scottish Theatre
- Hall, David
Performance, Species and Naturalism: Staging the Human-Animal Boundary in Post-Darwinian Freakshows between 1859 and 1939.
- Hao, Bopeng
The impact of sustainable materials in contemporary performance: economic, ecological and social sustainability
- Hassall, Lee
More Than a Passing Pleasure: Performing Transmatic Landscapes in Dorothy Wordsworth’s 1803 Tour Of Scotland.
- Whitehead, Simon
Soft matter: what does posthuman ecology mean in relation to expanded choreographies of touch and affect?
I have supervised 18 PhDs to completions. These have included work on geochronology, walking, ecology, Absurdism, activism, philosophy, photography, translation, walking, multi-media performance, history and the allegorical image. site-specific performance, postdramatic theatre, participation, space and place, feminism and the abject body. Many of these have been through practice.
I have also examined over 30 PhDs nationally and internationally.
I teach on a wide number of under-graduate and MLitt courses, including:
- Performance Theory Analysis
- Space, Place and Landscape
- Making Theatre for Philosophers
- Arts Criticism
- Making Time
- Reading the Stage
- Theatre Dissertation
- Research Methods
- Debating Dramaturgy
- Modernism to the Postdramatic
I have given numerous keynote papers and invited lectures at Universities in the UK and elsewhere. Some of these have included: Paris Nanterre, University of Utrecht, University of Antwerp, University of Bucharest, University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis, University of Athens, University of Bratislava, Finnish Theatre Academy Helsinki, University of Buenos Aires, University of Thessaloniki, and the Dance Centre in Madrid
I have been involved in numerous arts projects, including Future of Ruins, Return to Battleship Island, the Glasgow Glam Rock Dialogues, Mourning Walk. The films Return to Battleship Island and Drifting with Debord have been shown in art galleries and films festival internationally. These were funded by the AHRC and LABEX. My collaboration with Simon Whitehead and Lee Hassall Covid Dreams was exhibited in Finland in December 2020
I am currently involved in a project with the choreographer Simon Whitehead on the topic of Re-pair. The project is funded by the Collaborations & Cultural Activities Committee of the School of Culture and Creative Art at the University of Glasgow.