Organisers: Dr Broderick Chow (Brunel University), Dr Bryce Lease (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Louise Owen (Birkbeck College, University of London)

London Theatre Seminar is a public forum for the development of theatre and performance scholarship and its inter-collegiate and collaborative aspects are central to the productively speculative nature of its enquiry. This year’s seminar continues the focus on the intersection of theatre and performance with broader social phenomena, including social performances such as club culture; to the intersection of theatre, visual culture, and the question of the ‘amateur.’

In 2016-17, there was a particular focus on European theatre, with seminars dedicated to political theatres in Europe, contemporary Russian and modernist Polish theatre and amateur theatres in the UK. This has considerably developed the international reach of LTS. The London Theatre Seminar co-hosted one of these with the European Theatre Research Network (ETRN) based at the University of Kent. Another seminar offered a platform for dissemination of a major AHRC-funded project. They also hosted Ayumi Fujioka, a research fellow from SOAS. The London Theatre Seminar continued their support for the career development of postgraduate students with seminars that included PhD candidates at QMUL, KCL, Brunel and Surrey.

The London Theatre Seminars are invested in diversity and will continue to explore areas of critical race theory, such as Lynette Goddard and Mojisola Adebayo, contemporary scholarship on feminism (Gerry Harris), queer performance (Stephen Greer, Jennifer Doyle) and dance histories (Kate Elswit).

The London Theatre Seminars will start from 5 October 2017, but to find out information on the seminars for the 2017/18 academic year, you can follow the link to the IES website or go directly to the seminar schedule.

If you wish to delve further into the London Theatre Seminars, then follow the link to their active blog where you can find details on topics and themes to be discussed, as well as information who on to contact.

You will also be able to find out more information on previous years in further detail.