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Professor Heike Roms

Public engagement

I have been involved in many public engagement activities nationally and internationally in connection with my research on the history of performance art, among them collaborations with major art institutions in Wales (National Museum, Arts Council of Wales, Chapter Arts Centre); consultations for the Tate, the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the National Eisteddfod and BBC Wales; and public lectures at leading national and international venues, festivals and exhibitions. 

I have served on the boards of many arts organisations (currently Cardiff Dance Festival), and I regularly mentor artists at different stages in their career. I was appointed a National Advisor to the Arts Council of Wales in 2010, and I was elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in 2009. My public engagement work was submitted as an Impact Case Study to REF2014. 

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Contribution to discipline

I have a strong commitment to my field, performance studies. I am currently serving (for the second time) on the Board of Directors for PSi Performance Studies international, the field’s worldwide association for performance scholars and artists, which I helped found in 1998, and I am an active member of other scholarly associations (TaPRA, IFTR, Oral History Society). I have organized and/or convened twelve international and national conferences and symposia; and I currently sit on several editorial boards for journals (Contemporary Theatre Review, GPS, Performance Paradigm, Inter) and advisory boards for research projects and doctoral training programmes in the UK, Germany, Finland and Portugal. I regularly review grant applications for various European funding bodies, provide peer reviews for many publishers and journals and review promotions applications for universities in the UK, Germany and Finland.

A long-term enquiry of mine has been devoted to the disciplinary formation of Performance Studies and has led to a major edited collection on the topic, Contesting Performance - Global Sites of Research (Palgrave 2010, with Jon McKenzie and C.J.W.L. Wee).

I am currently external examiner on the MA Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary University London. I have acted as examiner for undergraduate programmes at Glasgow University, Leeds Met, Brunel University and Dartington College of Arts.