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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Contemporary dance Arts & Humanities
Dance Arts & Humanities
Dublin Arts & Humanities
Choreography Arts & Humanities
Maya Arts & Humanities
Tsunami Arts & Humanities
Shrines Arts & Humanities
Performer Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2010 2017

Crystallisations, Constellations, and Sharings: Exploring Somatic Process with Sandra Reeve

Meehan, E. 2017 Performing Process: Sharing Dance and Choreographic Practice. Intellect

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Participant observation
Performance practice

Dance Matters in Ireland

Meehan, E. & MCGrath, A. 1 Dec 2017 Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

Contemporary dance
Cultural trauma

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

Revisiting Lunar Parables: Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre and the Intangible Archive.

Meehan, E. 1 Dec 2017 Dance Matters in Ireland. Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Contemporary dance

Activities 2009 2017

  • 16 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Oral presentation

Performance as Research Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research

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

Activity: Participation in conference

TaPRA 2017

Meehan, E. (Speaker)
31 Aug 20171 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Philosophy of Sport Gymnasium

Meehan, E. (Invited Speaker)
6 May 2016

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)