Emeritus Professor of Performance & Culture Mick Wallis

Emeritus Professor of Performance & Culture Mick Wallis


Joining the School in 2002, I was its Director of Research 2003-8 and Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation in the former PVAC Faculty 2009-14. My often interdisciplinary research has embraced cultural histories of performance; performance theory; arts work with people; sexual politics and sexuality; and performance, design and technology. Simon Shepherd and I co-authored Drama / Theatre / Performance (Routledge New Critical Idiom, 2004). In our retirement, we prepared the 4th edition of Studying Plays for Bloomsbury and I am completing an oline monograph, Village Drama in Interwar England: fields and formations. My 2001National Teaching Fellowship funded the Arts Work with People Project, conducted with arts charity Salamanda Tandem.

I was Principal Investigator on Emergent Objects 2: Designing the human/technology interface through performance (EPSRC/AHRC Designing for 21st Century, 2007-8) and lead author of Embodied conversations: performance and the design of a robotic dancing partner, Design Studies 31(2): 99-117, winner of the 2010 Design Studies Award. In 2012, Joslin McKinney and I curated Performance Studies international #12 (450 delegates) and founded Ludus Festival Leeds. I led the Research Assessment Exercise submission for PCI in 2008 and the Research Excellence Framework submissions for PVAC Faculty in 2014.

In 2011 I launched the University's research transformation project Culture, Society and Innovation Hub as its director and worked with Arts Faculty to launch the sector-facing Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange subsequently working to unite these in the present Cultural Institute. External appointments: Board member, Salamanda Tandem 2001-8; Editorial Board, Performance Research, 2007- present; Board of Directors, Performance Studies international 2010-13.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>