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Lucy Weir

Teaching Fellow in History of Art (Modern/ Contemporary Art)

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I specialise in the histories and theories of dance and performance. My monograph, Pina Bausch's Dance Theatre: Tracing the Evolution of Tanztheater (2018), is published by Edinburgh University Press, and my new research project explores the relationship between masculinity and self-injury in postwar performance. In 2020, I was named a New Generation Thinker by the AHRC and BBC.

I co-convene SEXES, a cross-ECA research cluster involving early-career researchers and senior faculty in the fields of gender and sexualities. I am a co-founder and committee member of 'Modernist Methodologies: Beyond Fine Art,' an SGSAH-funded research network focusing on the wider material culture of modernism(s) and the avant-garde. I convene 'Scotland's Cultural Landscape: Nation, Heritage and the Arts,' an international summer school jointly hosted by the University of Glasgow and the Hunterian Museum in partnership with Hong Kong University.

I obtained my PhD in History of Art and Theatre Studies from the University of Glasgow in 2013. Since then, I have lectured on art and performance at various institutions, including the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow School of Art. In 2015, I held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Edinburgh), before taking up my current post as Teaching Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art. I completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at the University of Edinburgh in 2018, and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I maintain a strong interest in movement practice alongside my academic research, and I was recruited as Lecturer in Dance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017.

Research outputs

  1. The Gendered Spectacle of Suffering

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationEditorial

  2. Mythology, performativity, and moral panic: The case of Norwegian Black Metal

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationEditorial

  3. Bodies of Work: Pina Bausch’s Legacy

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Research activities & awards

  1. Bodies in Crisis? Rethinking Narratives of Gender and Self-Injury in Performance

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. ESRC Festival of Social Science 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

  3. Fluid States: Gender and Identity

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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