Prof Lisa Lewis
B.A. (Hons.); PhD (Cymru/Wales); FHEA.
I am Co-Director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations with Prof Ruth McElroy.
I am currently leading a four year interdisciplinary research project, ‘Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Project’ with Dr Aparna Sharma, UCLA (co-investigator), and Professor Desmond Kharmawphlang, NEHU (project advisor). Please see http://www.welshkhasidialogues.co.uk
- 2004 ‘Performance, Protest and Community’ in D. Iorwerth (ed.), Live Culture (Y Ffwrwm Publications)
- 2004 ‘Welsh Language Performance: The Resistant Body’, Studies in Theatre and Performance, vol. 24, no 3 (Intellect Books)
- 2004 ‘Y Corff Gwrthsafol – Perfformio, Protest a Chymuned’ Barn (February)
- 2004 ‘An Audience that has become dormant’, interview with Lyn. T. Jones, New Welsh Review, spring
- 2004 The Forest House Project, Theatr y Bont, University of Glamorgan (performance)
- 2005 ‘What is Performance Studies?’ in Cyfrwng Media Wales Journal (University of Wales Press)
- 2005 ‘Between Words and Worlds: The Performance of Translation’ in K. Krebs and C. Meredith (eds.), Five Essay on Translation (University of Glamorgan)
- 2005 Entries for the Collins Encyclopaedia of Wales (Harper Collins)
- 2005 Entries for Gwyddoniadur Cymru (University of Wales Press)
- 2006 ‘Translation’ in ‘A Performance Research Lexicon’, Performance Research Journal, vol. 11, no.3, September, and Documenta 12 Magazines (a collective editorial linking over 70 periodicals).
- 2007 ‘Cwmni Theatr Cymru ac Emily Davies 1982-1984’ in H. Davies (ed.), Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (University of Wales Press)
- 2013 with Anwen Jones (eds.), Ysgrifau ar Theatr a Pherfformiad (University of Wales Press)
- 2013 ‘Damcaniaethau Actio Constantin Stanislsfsci a Vsevolod Meierhold’ in Ysgrifau ar Theatr a Pherfformiad (University of Wales Press)
- 2016 co-written with Aparna Sharma, ‘Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues: Transactions and Translations’, Performance Research ‘On Trans/Performance’, 21:5, pp.81-84.
- 2016 co-written with Rea Dennis, ’Diderot’s body and cognitive science: sensation, impulse and action in performer training’, Studies in Theatre and Performance http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14682761.2016.1269510
- 2018 Performing Wales: People, Memory, and Place (University of Wales Press)
Selected Papers & Scholarly Contributions:
- 2004 ‘Memory and Site: Brith Gof’s Haearn’, North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History International Conference, University of West Virginia, Morgantown, USA
- 2004 ‘From Pontycymer to Pueblo and Back Again (or from Blodwen Donna to Donna Lisa)’ (invited paper), 1st Cyfrwng Media Wales Conference ‘Wales and the World’, University of Wales Bangor
- 2005 ‘Why Performance Studies?’ Panel Convenor and Chair, 2nd Cyfrwng Media Wales Conference, University of Glamorgan
- 2005 ‘De-Comforting the Past: Revisiting Sites and Histories of Performance’, 11th Performance Studies international conference ‘Becoming Uncomfortable’, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA
- 2005 ‘Whispering of secrets or the hollering of facts’, Centre for Performance Research ‘Towards Tomorrow? An International Gathering Exploring theatre x performance’, University of Wales Aberystwyth
- 2005 ‘On The Things (Y Pethe): Revisiting Past Performances at Tryweryn and Llanfor Church’, TRAWS Inter-University research Group for performance in Wales (itinerant symposium, delivered on site)
- 2006 ‘Global vs. Local Theatre’ 15th World Congress, International Federation for Theatre Research, University of Helsinki, Finland
- 2006 ‘Live Interpretation and Museum Theatre: Plimoth Plantation and St Fagan’s Museum of Welsh Life’, North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History International Conference, University of Wales Swansea
- 2008 Opening Address Panel, ‘The Representation of Welsh Culture Abroad’, Centre for the Study of the Media and Culture of Small Nations, Atrium, University of Glamorgan
- 2008 ‘Invited scholar’ at the Smithsonian Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (during Folklife Festival, Washington DC, USA, June-July 2008)
- 2009 Festival Presenter (invited moderator and commentator) at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, The National Mall, Washington DC, USA (theme nation – ‘Wales’).
- 2009 Panel Chair, ‘National Theatre: Audiences’; Cyfrwng Conference, BBC Wales
- 2010 ‘Performing Wales in America’s Front Garden’, North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History Conference, Marymount University, Virginia, USA
- 2014 ‘Datblygu disgwrs cyfrwng Cymraeg yn wyneb hegemoni disgyblaethol Eingl-Americanaidd’ (Developing a Welsh discourse in the context of Anglo-American disciplinary hegemony), Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, International Conference, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
- 2014 ‘Meaning and Diderot’s body: sensation, feeling, impulse and action in performer training’, with Dr Rea Dennis, Double Dialogues conference organized by Deakin, Melbourne, Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan and South Wales universities, Cardiff
- 2016 ‘Postcolonialism and Imagi-Nation’, Lecture, Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA
- 2016 ‘Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues’, research seminar, with Dr Aparna Sharma, UCLA
*2016 ‘Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues: Mapping Methods of Performance’, North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH), International Conference on Welsh Studies, Harvard University, USA
*2016 ‘’Intercultural’ Performance in India and Wales: Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues’, Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA), Bristol University
*2017 ‘Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues: Interweaving Theory and Practice’, Interweaving Performance Cultures conference, University of Malta
*2017 ‘Sacred Places in Wales and North-East India’, co-written with Dr Aparna Sharma, Sacred Places conference, Liverpool Hope University
*2017 ‘Sacred Places in the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues’, co-written with Dr Aparna Sharma, George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Symposium, ‘Storytelling and Place’, USW
*2017 ‘Colonial Flow and the Performance of Civility’, Performance Studies international conference, Kampnagel/Hamburg University.
*2017 ‘Epistolic writing and the performance of colonial self in the Welsh Mission in North East India’, consultative seminar, North Eastern Hill University, India
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Theatre and Performance Research Association
International Federation for Theatre Research
Performance Studies international
- 2001-2005 External Examiner for Communications and Drama, University of Wales Bangor
- 2003-2008 External Examiner for Drama and Theatre Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth
- 2004-2008 External Examiner for Performance Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth
- 2014 -2016 External Examiner for Drama, Cardiff Metropolitan University
- 1999-2003 Arts Council of Wales, National Advisor for Drama and Dance
- 2000- Y Ffwrwm Language and Culture Policy Group
- 2002-2003 Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru Steering Committee
- 2002-2003 International Theatre Institute Cymru Steering Group
- 2003- Member of TRAWS, the Inter-University Research Group for Performance in Wales
- 2005- Creative Industries Network Panel for HEFCW Centre for the Development of Welsh-medium teaching.
- 2004- Steering Group, The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, University of Glamorgan
- 2009-2016 Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Artistic Sub-committee
Heritage and performance; performance, culture and identity; site specific theatre; museums and heritage sites as performance; performative writing; performance and everyday life; autobiographical performance; cultural performance and postcolonial theory.
Current research activity:
I am lead investigator of a four year project (October 2015 – September 2019) funded by The Leverhulme Trust, entitled ‘Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Project’. For more detail on this project please see Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Project
Areas of Expertise
Theatre and Performance Studies; Welsh Performance; Theatre in Wales; Performance and Heritage; Cultural Performance;
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