Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance

Visiting address
217 Jubilee, Digby Stuart
Contact

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3330

Biography

In her research Roberts is interested in mapping and developing feminist historiographies of performance, and thinking about new ways of approaching the archive. Her work so far has focused on performance and visual art in the 1960s and 1970s, contemporary feminist live art, and practices of institutional critique.

In 2015 Roberts co-organised Are We There Yet? - A Study Room Guide on Live Art and Feminism, in collaboration with Prof. Lois Weaver and Live Art Development Agency. This project sought to chart histories of live art and feminism in the UK via archival research, interviews, and public talks and events. It involved bringing together a range of women and others spanning across generations, and culminated in a print and online publication. Roberts also co-curated Live Art and Feminism in the UK, an online Google Cultural Institute exhibition.

Roberts' PhD (Queen Mary University of London) looked at performance at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts gallery in the 1970s, and involved archive and interview-based methods. Some of this research has been published in Contemporary Theatre Review and Oxford Art Journal.

 

Qualifications

PhD, Department of Drama, Queen Mary University of London
Queen Mary University of London Studentship

MA Performance and Culture, Distinction, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Goldsmiths Scholarship

BA (Hons) English and Drama, First Class, University of Bristol

Professional affiliations

Higher Education Academy, Fellow

Theatre and Performance Research Association (Co-Convenor, Documenting Performance Working Group)

Research interests

performance historiography and documentation; archives; 1960s; 1970s; gender and sexuality; feminist theory; performance, identity and political movements; live art; performance art; counter-cultures; modernism and the avant-garde; museum studies; contemporary art and visual cultures.

Roberts welcomes enquiries about PhD and Dissertation supervision in any of these areas.

Research projects

Restock, Rethink, Reflect: Live Art, Feminism and the Archive, September 2013 – January 2015. Creative Voucher Scheme partnership between Live Art Development Agency (LADA) and Prof. Lois Weaver, Queen Mary University of London.

This research involved an initial survey of LADA’s open access archive of over 6,000 items, focusing on visibility and representation of feminist art, and in collaboration with Prof. Lois Weaver identifying and developing ways in which knowledge of ‘undocumented’ or under-represented practice and dialogue might be disseminated. Outcomes included a booklet and corresponding website, a free Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thon’ where members of the public were trained by Wikimedia UK on how to edit and write Wikipedia articles, and a series of research events and interviews, and public talks.

Teaching

Roberts' teaching covers a wide range of topics and periods, and involves both practical and seminar-based study. Recent teaching includes:

  • undergraduate modules including Performance and History, Encountering Theatre, Writing in Performance, and Contemporary Professional Practices;
  • special topics including Representing Women, which focused on feminist perspectives on performance, and a third-year module Performance Counter-cultures;
  • MA workshop Fiction as Method and PhD workshop Archives and Performance;
  • and other under- and post-graduate modules, dissertation and PhD supervision.

Please see research interests for supervision areas.

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