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Elaine O'Sullivan


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Research Interests

Contemporary performance, live art,  movement-based work, archives, memory, re-enactment, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, queer theory, practice-as-research, dance and wellbeing. 


Dr Elaine O'Sullivan is a research assistant in the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE). She has a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on movement-based performance practices and on strategies for recreating, reimaging and reusing cultural heritage. Her research has been awarded competitive research funding including an NUI (National University of Ireland) Denis Phelan Scholarship and an NUI Travelling Studentship in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Currently, she is working on an EU funded research project entitled 'Kaleidoscope - 1950s in Europe'. The project aims to leverage photographic content from Europeana digital collections to increase user engagement. In addition, through a regular yoga and movement meditation practice she continues to explore the relation between dance and wellbeing. 


Education/Academic qualification

Theatre & Performance Studies, Doctorate, University of Bristol

Drama & Theatre Studies, MA, University College Cork

Bachelor of Arts, Degree, University College Cork

External positions

Editorial Board Member, Choreographic Practices, Intellect Journals

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Research Output 2017 2017

Editorial: Three Beginnings

O'Sullivan, E. & Bacon, J., 2017, In : Choreographic Practices. 8, 2, p. 175-180 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Returning to Jamais Vu: Uncanny Encounters in the Live Art Archive and in the Flesh

O'Sullivan, E., Nov 2017, In : Performance Philosophy Journal. 3, 3, p. 794-806 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2018 2019

  • 2 Participation in conference

Fotofringe, London 2019

Elaine O'Sullivan (Participant)
21 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

ADiE: Artistic Doctorates in Europe

Elaine O'Sullivan (Participant)
25 Jun 201829 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Arts Council Travel and Training Award

Elaine O'Sullivan (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Kaleidoscope - 1950s in Europe

Sarah Whatley (Recipient), Neil Forbes (Recipient) & Elaine O'Sullivan (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


New Frontiers: Entrepreneur Development Programme

Elaine O'Sullivan (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


NUI Denis Phelan Scholarship

Elaine O'Sullivan (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


NUI Travelling Studentship in Humanities and Social Sciences

Elaine O'Sullivan (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

social science