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Professor Susan Broadhurst

Professor Susan Broadhurst
Professor of Performance & Technology,Divisional Lead

Gaskell Building 104


Sue is a writer and performance practitioner in the School of Arts, Brunel University, London. She has been at Brunel since 1999 and gained a Chair in 2008. Her original degree (for which she gained First Class Honours) and Doctorate were both in English and Comparative Literature. However, for many years her research has focussed on Experimental Drama. She was a founder of the Body, Space & Technology Research group at Brunel, which has now evolved into the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance.

She has published two monographs, three edited collections and several papers on Performance, chiefly in relation to experimental performance, live art, dance, music, film and technology and is co-editor of Body, Space & Technology Journal now in its 14th year of publication.  Sue has also created performances which have been realised in art spaces in London.

Sue has been part of various collaborations, internal and external to Brunel, with different interdisciplinary combinations, including: Engineering, Design, Psychology, Biology and Bioengineering; many of these have led to funding submissions. Her most recent collaboration is with the London Knowledge Lab, University of London, the Royal College of Arts and the London College of Fashion for a project titled: 'Border-Crossing Digital Arts and Social Science: New Methodological Approaches to Embodiment' which has received funding from the ESRC of £190K and began in August 2013.

As well as presenting key notes and conference papers at various international events, she has been invited to present keynotes at various conferences and media festivals. Again, she is the Chair of the Digital Research in the Arts Organization which presents annual international conferences centring on this area of research. She has also been Programme Chair for several of these events, organising conferences at Cambridge (2008), Queen’s University Belfast (2009), and she helped organise DRHA (2011) at Ningbo, the Shanghai affiliate of Nottingham University, University of Winchester (2013),University of Greenwich in September (2014). Sue convened the conference at Brunel (2010). She will again help organise the conference in 2015 which will be held at Dublin City University.

Newest selected publications

price, S. (Accepted) 'digital bodies'. palgrave macmillan.


Broadhurst, S. (2014) 'Theorising performance and technology: Aesthetic and neuroaesthetic approaches'. Australasian Drama Studies, 65. pp. 212 - 236. ISSN: 0810-4123 Open Access Link

Journal article

Broadhurst, S. (2014) 'Neuroaesthetics, Technoembodiment', in Reynolds, B. (ed.) Performance Studies: Key Words, Concepts and Theories. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 10: 0230247296. ISBN 13: 978-0230247291.

Book chapter

Broadhurst, S. and Machon, J. (2012) 'Identity, Performance and Technology: Practices of empowerment, embodiment and technicity'. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 10: 0230298885 ISSN 13: 978-0230298880


Broadhurst, S. (2012) 'Pina', in Broadhurst, S. and Machon, J. (eds.) Identity, Performance and Technology: Practices of Empowerment, Embodiment and Technicity. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 10: 0230298885. ISBN 13: 978-0230298880.

Book chapter
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