Emma Meehan


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    Dr. Emma Meehan is Associate Professor 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. Research interests include somatic movement practices, arts in health, dance in Ireland and practice research. She co-edited Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Performance and Practice with Aoife McGrath (Palgrave 2017) and Performing Process: Sharing Dance and Choreographic Practice with Hetty Blades (Intellect 2018). She was researcher on ‘Sensing the City: An Embodied Documentation And Mapping Of The Changing Uses And Tempers Of Urban Place’ and is Principal Investigator on ‘Somatic practice, chronic pain and self-care technology: inhabiting the lived and contextual body’ both funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College UK; Board Member for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices; Board Member for the Association of Somatic Movement Dance Therapies UK and Ireland; and was co-convenor of the Performance as Research Working Group at the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) from 2013-2017. She was previously Postgraduate Lead at the Centre for Dance Research; and currently supports international guest researchers visiting the centre.

    Research Interests

    Somatic practices; Practice as research; Irish dance and theatre; Arts in health and wellbeing

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    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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