Our Research Activities

Find an overview of our public-facing research activities.

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Central hosts a number of research seminar series, events and lectures.

Practices and Processes is our ongoing seminar space for methodology-driven discussions of work-in-progress by our staff, visiting fellows, and other colleagues doing cutting edge research in the field. We also offer annual lectures by renowned practitioners, including the annual Theatre Workings lecture which has recently hosted Robert Icke and Mark Ravenhill, as well as the annual Edward Gordon Craig Lecture, presented in association with the Society for Theatre Research, to hear from international practitioners in the field of design. In addition, Queer Shifts is an ongoing series of events as part of Queer Central engaging with LGBTQ voices and practices across and beyond theatre and performance.

Our annual Intersections Conference and our Collisions Festival are organised by the doctoral candidates at Central, and seek to engage with current aesthetic and conceptual discourses in performance research, not only to highlight the diverse research interests at Central, but also to host a range of international scholars from a variety of backgrounds and institutions, addressing points of intersection between disciplines, fields and modes of research.

In addition we regularly host conferences and colloquia on key areas in the discipline with external partners - what we call Central@. These include ‘Brexit the Stage: What’s Next for British Theatre?’ (with the V&A Museum in 2017), 'Systemic Crises in European Theatre' (with the Goethe Institut in 2018), a Pablo Larraín film season (with the ICA and Network Releasing 2016), ‘Thomas Ostermeier: Reinventing Directors’ Theatre at the Schaubühne Berlin’ (presented with the Universities of Kent and Essex 2014) and ‘Re-thinking Brecht’, part of Dr. Tom Kuhn’s AHRC-funded ‘Brecht into English’ project with Dr David Barnett (University of Sussex), Professor Steve Giles (University of Nottingham), Dr Tom Kuhn (University of Oxford) and a cast of Central’s BA actors led by Nick Moseley (2014).

Research at Central