Dr Eirini Nedelkopoulou
- Lecturer in Digital Arts (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)
I am a lecturer in digital arts. Before moving to Glasgow in September 2019, I held academic positions at York St John University as a lecturer and then as an Associate Professor, and at the University of Reading as an academic and teaching fellow. I did my BA in Theatre Studies at the University of Patras, in Greece, and my MA in Theatre Directing at Royal Holloway, University of London. I gained my PhD in mixed-media theatre and phenomenology from the University of Reading. The focus of my research on digital practices was shaped by this background, and particularly by my early research on theories of perception and embodiment, and philosophy of technology. I am also an HEA Fellow and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.
My research explores the ways that contemporary performance engages with and thinks about our digital experiences and networked reality. I am co-editor and author of Performance and Phenomenology: Traditions and Transformations (2015, 2017), which is the first collection devoted to the relationship and the tensions between performance and phenomenology. I am committed to interdisciplinary research, with main focus on the human and technological symbiosis in art and performance. This work appears in my co-edited special issues, ‘Hybridities: The intersections between Performance, Science and the Digital’, (International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media, 2014), and ‘Encountering the Digital in Performance: Deployment | Engagement | Trace,’ (Contemporary Theatre Review, 2017).
I am currently working on a monograph titled In Solitude: The Philosophy of Digital Performance Encounters (Bloomsbury). Reflecting on interconnectedness as a primary narrative of digital culture, this project seeks to construct a counter narrative that explores the role and impact of experiences of solitude in digitally connected performances. By bringing in dialogue major voices from continental philosophy, and media and computer game theories with performance practice, this research develops a new strand in performance theory by recognising solitude as a mode of engagement that allows participants to reflect and make sense of the (digital) world we live in. In Solitude highlights the value of solitude in digital spaces for its ability to contribute to the recognition and preservation of difference and individuality.
- 2014-2015: Yorkshire Innovation Fund, European Union, Research & Development Project, ‘New Methods for Audience Engagement in Public Interactive Performance’, £ 29,737 (Principal Investigator).
- 2014: Yorkshire Innovation Fund, European Union, Small Innovation Project, Participation, Generosity and Intermedial Theatres in collaboration with KMA and Kit Monkman, £4,445 (Principal Investigator).
I would welcome enquiries from prospective doctoral students, especially those interested in:
- digital and intermedial practices in art and performance
- phenomenology and performance
- solitude/loneliness and spectatorship
- theatre and gaming
- participatory and interactive art
- posthuman performance
I have previously co-supervised a PhD thesis on ‘Place Narration and Identity in Site Specific Performance’. I have also examined two PhD projects, one for Monash University (Australia), and the other for Leeds Beckett University (UK).
I teach on and/or contribute to a wide number of under-graduate and MLitt courses, including:
- Reading and Interpreting Performance
- Performance Theory Analysis
- Reading the Stage
- Contemporary Dramaturgical Practices
- Modernism to the Postdramatic
- Classical to Modern
- Theatre Dissertation
- Independent Practice
- Practice as Research Project
- Invited Lectures/Invited Talks: (2020, Open University of Cyprus) ‘Performing Solitude: The Value of Aloneness in Digital Spaces, (2015, Utrecht Spring Festival) ‘Play Matters: Dries Verhoeven’s (Anti)Social Encounters’, (2015, Theatre Art and New Technologies Festival, Kyber Teatro, Cagliari) ‘The Reverse of Community in Interactive Theatre’, (2014, The Research Centre for Visual Poetics, University of Antwerp) ‘Participate or Else in UVA’s Rien à Cacher,Rien à Craindre’.
- Editorial Board Member: The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.
- Working Group Convenor: Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Performance and New Technologies Working Group (2011 - 2014).
- Conferences/Events Organised in the UK: (2018 UNESCO City of Media Arts, York) ‘Stories of Solitude: Performance, Technology and Digital Overload’ Conference, part of Biennale Mediale Festival, (2015 York, UK) ‘Public Engagement in Interactive and Participatory Art’ Symposium, (2013 York St John University) ‘Becoming Nomad: Hybrid Spaces, Liquid Architectures and Online Domains’, (2007 University of Reading) Journeys Across Media, ‘See – Hear – Feel: Perception & Engagement in Visual Media & Performance’.
- Reviewer (Journals): Theatre & Performance Design, RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, Studies in Theatre and Performance, MAST: The Journal of Media Art, Study and Theory.
- Reviewer (International Conferences): Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts Conferences (DRHA), The International Society for Intermedial Studies, and Live Interfaces: Performance, Art, Music Conference.