The Unit has an active seminar series in which group members and invited guest speakers are given the chance to present and discuss their latest research. These seminars are open to all, especially PGR researchers. The Unit has organised a number of symposia related to its research projects. It has also hosted major international conferences on theatre and performance studies, such as the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Conference in 2010. Our conferences bring together not only UK and international academics but also policy makers and industry professionals.
Performance and Gender events are envisaged as spaces to explore, critique and enrich perspectives on gender and its representations in contemporary (visual) culture. While these issues appear ubiquitous, they can become institutionalised and work on the assumption that battles have already been won. We seek to establish an open discussion about gender and sexuality within performance. With an interdisciplinary focus in mind, we invite scholars, students, artists and practitioners to present and discuss work in, but not limited to, the following areas: Media; Film; Theatre; Performance; Literature; Music; Animation; Cultural Studies. Lead by Jeanette D'Arcy and Dr Sarah Crews.