Performance, Ecology, Heritage:  Methods, Concepts, Languages

a symposium and twilight workshop


Date and time:

24 May 2018             8pm – 11pm (workshop)

25 May 2018            10am – 7pm (symposium, book and research hub launch)



James Arnott Theatre, Gilmorehill Halls, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ

We are delighted to announce the symposium ‘Performance, Ecology, Heritage:  Methods, Concepts, Languages’. The symposium marks the public launch of the Performance Ecology and Heritage Research Hub by Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow.

The symposium engages with some of the approaches and ideas in two new publications: Carl Lavery’s edited collection Ecology and Performance ‘What Can Theatre Do?’  (Routledge 2018), previously published as a special edition of the journal Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism in 2016; and Minty Donald’s THEN/NOW, an edited collection that evokes and reflects on, in text and image, the performances, events and ‘permanent’ artworks of Donald’s public art project in collaboration with Neil McGuire, Nick Millar and the Forth and Clyde Canal ( Carl Lavery’s edited collection will be launched at the symposium.

Responding to and building on the diversity of approaches and methods in both publications, speakers will include Rachel Clive, Minty Donald, Dee Heddon, Sarah Hopfinger and Carl Lavery, with papers exploring canals, water, geology, walking and wildness, and two keynote speakers: Mike Pearson and Carina Fearnley.

In addition, dancer and choreographer Simon Whitehead will lead a workshop, FURNITURE, on the evening of Thursday 24 May.

FURNITURE explores the relational field between bodies and objects through movement and shadows. In this workshop we ask if there can be an ecological practice embedded in existing together and with the objects and life forms around us whilst working in the dark matter beyond twilight.

Questions we seek to raise and discuss across the symposium include:

  • what are the ecological possibilities and limits of theatre and performance?
  • what sorts of conceptual languages and practices might we create which are sensitive to the specificities of theatre and performance and their engagement with ecological and environmental debates?
  • how might theatre and performance allow us to bring the social and historical into conversation with the environmental: to generatively bring together ecology and heritage?
  • what can a research hub focussed on performance, ecology and heritage do, both within and beyond an academic context?


Simon Whitehead’s workshop, FURNITURE, on 24 May is limited to 25 participants. Participants in FURNITURE must commit to attending the symposium on 25 May, and participating in the reflective lunchtime session.

Participants can sign up for the symposium on 25 May only.

There is a fee of £10 (waged) and £5 (low/unwaged) to cover lunch, drinks and other refreshments.

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For further information contact Minty Donald: