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Professor Susan Broadhurst

Professor Susan Broadhurst
Professor - Performance & Technology

Gaskell Building 104


I am a writer and performance practitioner in the Department of Arts and Humanities. I am also Professor of Performance and Technology and Division Lead for Production and Performance (Film and Tv, Music and Theatre). I have been at Brunel since 1999 and gained a Chair in 2008. My original degree (for which I gained First Class Honours) and Doctorate were both in English and Comparative Literature. However, for many years my research has focussed on Experimental Drama. I was a founder of the Body, Space & Technology Research group at Brunel, which since evolved into the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance.

I have published two monographs, four edited collections and several papers on Performance, chiefly in relation to experimental performance, live art, dance, music, film, aesthetics, neuroesthetics, technology and bio-technology and am co-editor of the EBSCO indexed Body, Space & Technology Journal (Open Library of the Humanities), now in its 18th year of publication. I have also created performances which have been realised in art and theatre spaces in London.

I have 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. One of my collaborations was with the London Knowledge Lab, University College 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 received funding from the ESRC.

As well as presenting key notes and conference papers at various international events, I have been invited to present keynotes at multiple conferences and media festivals. Again, I am the Chair of the Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities Organisation which presents annual international conferences centring on this area of research. I was also Programme Chair for several of these events, organising conferences at Cambridge (2008), Queen’s University Belfast (2009), and I helped organise DRHA (2011) at Ningbo, the Shanghai affiliate of Nottingham University, University of Winchester (2013), University of Greenwich in September (2014), Dublin City University (2016), University of Plymouth (2017), Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta, Malta 2018, and Watermans Art Centre, London, hosted by the Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of Greenwich (2019). I convened the Conference at Brunel (2010). I will again help organise the conference in 2020 which will be held at Media City, University of Salford.

Newest selected publications

Broadhurst, S. (2019) ''László Moholy-Nagy’s "Theatre of Totality": A Precursor to Digital Performance''. Theatre and Performance Design, 5 (1 & 2). pp. 22 - 42. ISSN: 2332-2551 Open Access Link

Journal article

Broadhurst, S. (2018) 'Hybridised Performance: Disruption and Deferment in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde'. Body, Space and Technology, 17 (1). pp. 95 - 117. ISSN: 1470-9120 Open Access Link

Journal article

Broadhurst, S. (2018) 'Hybridity, Empathy and the 'Total Artwork' in Metamorphosis: Titian', in Brodesco, A. and Giordano, F. (eds.) Body Images in the Post-Cinematic Scenario: The Digitization of Bodies. Mimesis International. pp. 85 - 98. ISBN 10: 8869771091.

Book chapter

Broadhurst, S. (2017) 'Aesthetics, neuroaesthetics and embodiment: Theorising performance and technology', inMusic-dance Sound and Motion in Contemporary Discourse. Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century. pp. 235 - 248. ISBN 10: 1138280518. ISBN 13: 9781138280519.

Book chapter

Broadhurst, S. (2017) 'Digital Bodies: Creativity and Technology in the Arts and Humanities'. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 10: 1349952400 ISSN 13: 978-1349952403

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