Professorial lectures

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Inaugural lectures 2018-19

All inaugural lectures are held at 5.30pm in the Portrait Room, Grove House.

Invitations and full details will be sent out approximately one month before each event.

Next lecture

Professor Anna Seymour

Professor Anna Seymour
Professor of Dramatherapy
Department of Psychology


Class Acting: How Dramatherapy can help us to be in the drama of everyday life

14 January 2019 / 5pm for 5.30pm
Portrait Room, Grove House

We can easily draw analogies between the theatre and everyday life: each day we choose a 'costume' to wear, we play roles and think about how we 'present' ourselves. The language of 'performance' is ubiquitous and we hope we can ‘perform’ well. Dramatherapy goes beyond analogy believing that Drama is a fundamental part of being a human being.

From the sensorial experience of early days to the exploration of morality through play, the child has the potential to become an 'actor' in their own life and yet the vicissitudes of social class and the inequalities and iniquities which we inherit and are inflicted upon us may prevent us achieving what we might.

In her inaugural lecture, Prof Seymour will argue that we cannot understand individual subjective experience without reference to shared collective experience and that in the theatre, the dramatic universe enables us to imagine and inhabit 'whole worlds'. These fictional realities may provide the rehearsal room for profound change.


Forthcoming lectures

18 February
Professor Don MacRaild
Department of Humanities

18 March
Professor Debbie Epstein
School of Education

20 May
Professor Annabelle Mooney
Department of Media, Culture and Language

17 June
Professor Carrie Winstanley
School of Education