Personal profile


Dr. Emma Meehan is a Research Fellow at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research. She received her BA and PhD from the Drama Department, Trinity College, Dublin, where she taught part-time on the BA and MA programmes. She also worked as the administrator for the Arts Technology Research Lab at Trinity College to support the Digital Arts and Humanities Doctoral Programme. Her doctoral research focused on the work of Irish choreographer Joan Davis, who combines dance and somatic practices in creating interactive, site-specific performances. Emma is a founding member of the Corporeal Knowing Network, associate editor for Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, and co-convenor of the Performance as Research Working Group at the International Federation for Theatre Research.

Research Interests

Somatic practices; Practice as research; Irish dance and theatre

Vision Statement

My research focuses on somatic practices in performance contexts, examining site-specific, interactive and autobiographical works of dance and theatre. I am interested how somatic practices translate into a performance setting but also how they respond to social, political and cultural issues. In addition, I have a background in Irish dance and theatre, specifically contemporary performance practices. Finally, I am a practitioner-researcher so my research involves developing embodied knowledge through engaging with the practices of artists through movement training, assisting on performances and creating my own works.

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Dance Arts & Humanities
Contemporary dance Arts & Humanities
Maya Arts & Humanities
Tsunami Arts & Humanities
Performer Arts & Humanities
Mind-body Arts & Humanities
Earthquake Arts & Humanities
Dublin Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2010 2017

Immersive Performance and Somatic Practices: Joan Davis and the Maya Lila Project

Meehan, E. 5 Jun 2017 In : Choreographic Practices. 8, 2, p. (in press) 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Individual freedoms

'Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre: Body, Language and Fleshing Out the Bones of Irish Cultural Heritage'

Meehan, E. Dec 2015 Contemporising the past: envisaging the future, Proceedings of the 2014 World Dance Alliance Global Summit, Angers, 6–11 July.. Stock, C. F. & Germain-Thomas, P. (eds.). World Dance Alliance

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Contemporary dance
James Joyce


Meehan, E., Blades, H. & Stancliffe, R. 2015 In : Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. 7, 1, p. 3-5

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Interview with independent dance artist Cecilia Macfarlane

Meehan, E. & Macfarlane, C. 2015 In : Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices. 7, 1, p. 183+

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Folk dance
1 Citations
Practice as research
Language use
Body movement
Embodied practices

Activities 2009 2017

  • 15 Participation in conference

Performance as Research Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research

Meehan, E. (Co-convenor)
10 Jul 201714 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Philosophy of Sport Gymnasium

Meehan, E. (Invited Speaker)
6 May 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Performing the Archive

Meehan, E. (Participant)
22 Jul 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Corp-real symposium

Meehan, E. (Speaker)
28 Mar 201430 Mar 2014

Activity: Participation in conference


American Society for Theatre Research Co-Sponsored Event Award

Emma Meehan (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Artist in the Community Scheme Research and Development Grant

Emma Meehan (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Arts Council of Ireland Dance Bursary Award

Emma Meehan (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Arts Council of Ireland Dance Project Award

Emma Meehan (Recipient), 1 Jun 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ERDF/ Creative Enterprise Fund

Emma Meehan (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)