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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 associate editor for Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, and was co-convenor of the Performance as Research Working Group at the International Federation for Theatre Research from 2013-2017.


Research Interests

Somatic practices; Practice as research; Irish dance and theatre

Vision Statement


My research focuses on somatic practices in performance and wellbeing contexts, and 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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Research Output 2010 2018

Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Dance Performance and Practice

Meehan, E. & MCGrath, A. 1 Jan 2018 London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewAnthology or Edited Book


Home Practice: Irish Women, Diaspora and Somatic Principles of Hosting

Meehan, E. 1 Jun 2018 A World of Muscle, Bone & Organs: Research and Scholarship in Dance. Ellis, S., Blades, H. & Waelde, C. (eds.). Coventry: C-DaRE at Coventry University, p. 30-58 29 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

Open Access
women's role

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

Meehan, E. 1 Jan 2018 Dance Matters in Ireland. McGrath, A. & Meehan, E. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 19-37 18 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

Dance Theatre

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

Meehan, E. 2017 (Accepted/In press) Performing Process: Sharing Dance and Choreographic Practice. Intellect

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

participant observation

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

Meehan, E. 5 Dec 2017 In : Choreographic Practices. 8, 2, p. 219-238 20 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle


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

Performing the Archive

Meehan, E. (Participant)
22 Jul 2015

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)