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Dr Katerina Paramana
Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Gaskell Building 109


Dr. Katerina Paramana (Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor) is an artist-scholar, Research Lead for Theatre, PGR Director for the CBASS Global Lives Research Centre, Lead of the CBASS Performance, Cultures and Politics Research Group, and Lead of the Arts and Humanities Department Research Peer-Mentoring Scheme.

Her performance work draws on theatre, the visuals arts, and dance and takes the form of performance, installation-, and lecture-performance. Through its consideration of the relationship between image, body, time, context, and the encounter with the spectator, her work explores the political, philosophical, social, and ethical dimensions and potentials of performance. It has been presented in theatres, studios, and galleries in the UK, US, and Europe, in venues such as Gasworks Gallery, The White Building, ]performance s p a c e [, Laban Theatre, The Place, and Toynbee Studios in London; the Institute of Design at Stanford University; the Kultuhuset in Stockholm; Galeria Boavista in Lisbon; and the Michael Cacoyannis Theatre in Athens. Katerina has also collaborated as a performer with various companies and artists in the UK and the US (e.g. Tino Sehgal, Ivana Müller, The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein, Bojana Cvejic and Christine De Smedt, Janez Janša, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Nejla Yatkin, Deviated Theatre, Lea Anderson, Simon Vincenzi, and Risa Jaroslow). She has performed at venues including the Barbican Theatre, National Theatre Studio, Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, Laban Theatre, and Siobhan Davies Studios in London; the Michael Cacoyannis Theatre and Duncan Dance Research Centre in Athens; the Kennedy Centre, Kogod Theatre, Greenberg Theatre, Kay Theatre, GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square, Dance Place, and the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.; the Chicago Cultural Centre and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Centre in Chicago; and the Lincoln Centre in NYC.

In broad terms, Katerina's interdisciplinary research is concerned with the socio-political and ethical dimensions of contemporary performance. It brings into conversation performance, political economy, critical theory, continental philosophy, and cultural and social theory. Her current research focuses on the relationship between performance and political economy. In 2022 - 2023 she curated and organised the research seminar series 'Performance and Political Economy: Bodies, Politics, and Well-Being in the 21st Century', for which she received a Research Seminar Series Award from Brunel University (2022). In 2023, Katerina was nominated and shortlisted for a Research Impact Award. In 2021, she received the 'BRIL' Research Award ('Brunel Research Interdisciplinary Lab') for an interdisciplinary collaborative project with Brunel colleagues, while in 2019 she was awarded the research ‘BRIEF Award’ (‘BRUNEL RESEARCH INITIATIVE AND ENTERPRISE FUND’) for her research. Her monograph is forthcoming with Routledge (2024). Her book Performance, Dance and Political Economy: Bodies at the End of the World (2021, Paramana and Gonzalez eds.) was published with Bloomsbury Academic, while the volume Art and Dance in Dialogue: Body, Space, Object (2020, Whatley, Sarah, Racz, Imogen, Paramana, Katerina, and Crawley, Marie-Louise eds.) was published with Palgrave Macmillan.  Her research has also been published with refereed academic journals including Performance Research, Contemporary Theatre Review, GPS: Global Performance Studies, and Dance Research. She was an Associate Researcher with Performance Matters, an AHRC-funded creative research project and collaboration between University of Roehampton, London, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Live Art Development Agency, investigating the cultural value of performance (directed by Adrian Heathfield, Gavin Butt, and Lois Keidan). Katerina also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University, and from 2015-2018 she was a Participating Artist of Sadler’s Wells Summer University, which was led by Jonathan Burrows and Eva Martinez.

Katerina is editor of the journal section 'Political Economy and the Arts', the new section she has developed for Lateral, the refereed journal of the Cultural Studies Association (2022 - present). She is co-founder of the interdisciplinary Book Series Dance in Dialogue (Bloomsbury Academic), which she co-edited for its first three years (2018 - 2021), publishing its first four books. She is an assessor on the techne Peer Review College (AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership) and is on the Editorial Board of Body, Space, & Technology journal. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Performance Studies International (PSi) and on the Executive Committee of the Society for Dance Research, and currently serves on Performance Studies International (PSi's) Advisory Committee on Antiracism and Anticolonialism.

Katerina has supervised and examined BA, MA, and PhD dissertations (practice-based, practice-as-research, and fully-written) and has taught theory and practice across live art, theatre, performance, and dance at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prior to Brunel she taught, among others, at Birkbeck, University of London, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), and University of Roehampton, London. She is Fellow of the Higher Education Adacemy (FHEA).

She holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance from University of Roehampton, London, an MA in Choreography from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, a BA in Theatre, and a BA in Dance from University of Maryland, College Park (US). Her PhD studies were funded by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.


PhD in Theatre and Performance, University of Roehampton, London, UK. Funded by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.

MA in Choreography, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, UK.

BA in Theatre, University of Maryland, College Park, US.

BA in Dance, University of Maryland, College Park, US.


Research Lead for Theatre; PGR Director for the CBASS Global Lives Research Centre; Lead of the Arts and Humanities Department Research Peer-Mentoring Scheme; Lead of the CBASS Performance, Cultures and Politics Research Group; EDI Working Group Member; Member of the Human Geography: Space, Place and Society Research Group.

Newest selected publications

Paramana, K. (2024) 'Contemporary Performance and Political Economy: Oikonomia as a new ethico-political paradigm'. Routledge.


Paramana, K. (2023) 'The Oscillation of Contemporary Bodies Between Biopolitics and Necropolitics: Tania Bruguera’s Wrestling with Power Structures'. Filozofski Vestnik, 44 (2). pp. 265 - 285. ISSN: 0353-4510 Open Access Link

Journal article

Paramana, K. and Gonzalez, A. (2021) 'Performance, Dance and Political Economy: Bodies at the End of the World'. London: Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury Publishing). ISSN 10: 1-350-18871-9 ISSN 13: 978-1-350-18869-3 Open Access Link


Paramana, K. and Gonzalez, A. (2021) 'Opening Thoughts And Introductions', in Paramana, K. and Gonzalez, A. (eds.) Performance, Dance and Political Economy: Bodies at the End of the World. London : Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury Publishing). pp. 1 - 13. ISBN 10: 1-350-18871-9. ISBN 13: 978-1-350-18869-3.

Book chapter

Paramana, K. (2021) 'Performance, Dance and Political Economy: A Provocation', in Paramana, K. and Gonzalez, A. (eds.) Performance, Dance and Political Economy: Bodies at the End of the World. London : Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury Publishing). pp. 17 - 31. ISBN 10: 1-350-18871-9. ISBN 13: 978-1-350-18869-3. Open Access Link

Book chapter
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