Professor Heike Roms

Research supervision

I have supervised 9 PhD projects to successful completion (including 2 projects funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award), on subjects such as the performance lecture, journeys as aesthetic practice, located art practice, digital notation, queer approaches to archiving, curating historical performance art in museums and the history of alternative theatre in the UK. I am currently supervising 3 PhD students, and I have examined over 20 PhDs, including for Murdoch University (Australia) and the universities of Plymouth, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, South Wales, Ulster, Wales Trinity Saint David, Warwick, Reading, Glasgow, and the West of England, Bartlett School of Architecture and Chelsea College of Art.

I welcome applications from prospective research students in any area of my research expertise (including practice-based research). I am especially happy to consider working with candidates with interests in the history and historiography of performance art and related experimental practices; oral history and performance; teaching performance; space and identity in contemporary performance; and related areas.

Research students

Supervised students:

- Julie Bomber, ‘Designing Experience: locating the experimental aesthetics within digital performance, game, music and virtual spaces’; departmental PhD scholarship; successfully defended 2010.

- Mike Brookes, ‘On a clear day you can see for ever: mediation as form and dramaturgy in located performance’; PhD by publication; successfully defended 2015.

- Reuben Knutson, ‘The Preseli Hills Transcended: historiography and art practices’; EU-KESS Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship; successfully defended 2016.

- Daniel Ladnar, ‘The Lecture Performance : Contexts of Lecturing and Performing’; Aberystwyth University APRS scholarship; successfully defended 2014.

- Esther Pilkington, ‘The journey as aesthetic practice in contemporary performance’; AHRC & Aberystwyth University PhD scholarships; successfully defended 2011.

- Kerrie Reading, ‘Understanding the Contemporary Value of Past Approaches to Producing Theatre: Toward a Tripartite Approach to Venue – Performance – Document’; AHRC-CDA scholarship with Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; successfully defended 2017.

- Louise Ritchie, ‘Digital notation: New approaches to physical theatre and its documents’; practice-based; AHRC PhD scholarship; successfully defended 2012.

- Lotta Svinhufvud, ‘Kotkaniemi: Family, kinship and personal narrative’; practice-based; departmental PhD scholarship; successfully defended 2008.

- James Woolley, ‘Toward a Queer Archive of Performance’; Aberystwyth University Vice-Chancellor scholarship; successfully defended 2017.