Centre for Performance and Creative Exchange

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The Research Centre for Performance & Creative Exchange offers a forum for the exchange of energy and ideas about histories, theories, and practices of theatre, performance and live art. It seeks to place cutting edge work by visiting scholars and artists in conversation with the research of staff and students, and asks how shared strands of thought can be developed, circulated, revised and augmented.

The Centre cultivates avenues of engagement and collaboration with a particular focus on:

  • subjectivity and experimentation;
  • questions of gender, race and sexuality;
  • under-represented histories and new historiographical methods;
  • institutional critique;
  • interdisciplinarity;
  • practice as research;
  • and work that is international in its focus and aims.

At the core of the Centre’s activities are free public talks and seminars with guest speakers, which run through the academic year. This includes national and international visitors, and we have recently hosted artists and scholars from Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America. Opportunities for graduate students in the Department of Drama, Theatre & Performance to generate and participate in research events are also co-ordinated through the Centre. 

For more information please contact:
Dr Eleanor Roberts

Events 2018-19

  • 3 October 2018 – Book launch: Ioana Szeman (University of Roehampton), Staging Citizenship: Roma, Performance and Belonging in EU Romania with guest speaker Adriana Diaconu (Université Grenoble Alpes).
  • 17 October 2018 – Book launch: Leslie Hill (University of Roehampton), Sex, Suffrage & The Stage: First Wave Feminism in British Theatre.
  • 7 November 2018 – Erin Manning (SenseLab / Concordia University), ‘Me Lo Dijo un Pajarito – Neurodiversity, Black Life and the University as we Know It’. Funded by TECHNE and organised by Adrian Heathfield.
  • 28 November 2018 – David Linton (Kingston University), ‘Performances of Contradiction: Women in London West End Revue of the Early Twentieth Century’.
  • 5 December 2018 – Eva Bentcheva (Haus der Kunst, Munich), ‘Contextualising “Experimentalism” in Performance Art from Southeast Asia, 1960s to the Present’.
  • 13 December 2018 – Daphne Brooks (Yale University), ‘“If You Should Lose Me”: The Archive, the Critic, the Record Shop and the Blues Woman’. Funded by TECHNE and organised by P.A. Skantze.
  • 13 March 2019 – Suk-Young Kim (UCLA), 'Black K-Pop: Racial Surplus and the Global Consumption of Korean Pop Music'. This event is organised by Ioana Szeman (University of Roehampton).
  • 30 May 2019 - 'Domestics against Domestication' Study Day (Studio 5, Jubilee Building). Please click here to register. This event is organised by Valeria Graziano (Coventry University) and Giulia Palladini (University of Roehampton). Speakers include Valeria Graziano, Bettina Knaup (University of Roehampton), Giulia Palladini, Ella Parry-Davies (Central School for Speech and Drama), Eleanor Roberts (University of Roehampton), Kim Trogal (Canterbury School of Architecture, University of the Creative Arts), and Ana Vilenica (London South Bank University).
  • 18-19 June 2019 - 'This is Critical: Writing As/About Practice' Creative Critical Writing Lab (Studio 5, Jubilee Building). Please click here to register. This event is organised by Katja Hilevaara, Emily Orley and PA Skantze. Speakers include Monique Charles (#HBTG?), Chris Heighes (University of Roehampton), Katja Hilevaara (Goldsmiths), Clare A. Lees (School of Advanced Study, University of London), Tim Mathews (UCL), Mathelinda Nabugodi (UCL), Emily Orley (University of Roehampton), P. A. Skantze (University of Roehampton).


All talks are free and all are welcome. Unless stated otherwise, the venue Jubilee Building Theatre / Studio is fully accessible (on a single floor level, with widened doors, and accessible toilet via access ramp); however please email the organisers if you have any queries about access. Jubilee Building is number D5 on the campus map.