We are the highest-rated Theatre Studies department in Scotland with many of our staff producing world-leading research in a wide range of areas, including: autobiography, live art, queer performance, ecology and environment, European and British theatre, actor-training, post-colonialism, ruins and ruination, theatre history and historiography, politics and playwriting. We are committed to fusing theory and practice, and researchers using practice-based or more traditional scholarly methods work together to create a vibrant and innovative research environment.
A major part of our research ethos is to extend the research community to include diverse publics and institutions in Glasgow and Scotland. Some of our collaborators include: National Theatre Scotland, Buzzcut Festival, The Citizens Theatre, Playwrights Studio Scotland, The Common Guild, The Centre for Contemporary Art, The Stove Network, Take Me Somewhere Festival, Goethe Institute, Glasgow City Council and Deveron Arts. Staff who work as practice-based researchers are leading practitioners in their field and have been commissioned to make work in prestigious festivals and to participate in international residencies.
We run a series of research talks – the Glasgow Theatre Seminars - that attract large numbers of researchers from other subject areas at the University of Glasgow and also from other institutions in Scotland. This is due to the interdisciplinary nature of our work, which has seen important collaborations with Geography, Engineering, Education, Information Studies, Education, English, Modern Languages, Translation, Sociology, Art, Music and Film.
Recent research symposia have included ‘On Drifting’, a funded project examining the legacy of the Situationist International; ‘The Theatrical Turn’, a collaboration with The Common Guild that investigated points of convergence between contemporary visual art and theatre practices; ‘The Art of Careful Practices’, an exploration of how to take care of others and self in participatory performances; THEN/NOW, an interdisciplinary enquiry into public art, heritage and ecology; and Dramaturgies of War, a two-day colloquium reflecting on how theatre has pre-empted, reflected upon and critiqued war and conflict.
All our staff have published widely with leading publishers and in major journals. They serve on editorial boards, run book series and have received grants for international collaboration. They are involved in giving national and international keynote lectures, and act as consultants and board members for publishers, arts venues and individual artists.
As a way of focusing, sharing and intensifying the excellence of our research, we have two main research hubs: Performance, Ecology and Heritage and Dramaturgy as Critical Practice.
The Performance, Ecology and Heritage Hub embraces and facilitates critical conversation between projects exploring walking as an arts practice; performances of/and forests; theatre, ecology, weathering and ruination; performances of/and water and watercourses; more-than and post-human performance
The Dramaturgy Hub enables dialogue and exchange between projects exploring institutional dramaturgies; dramaturgy as creative professional practice; political analysis of historical and contemporary dramaturgical practices and the site-specific dramaturgy of ruins.