Professor Heike Roms

Research interests


* Histories of performance art (Wales, UK)

* Performance, archiving and historiography

* Performance art's pedagogical histories

* Disciplinary histories of Performance Studies

* Sonic Historiographies

* Performance, Ecology and Waste


I have published widely on contemporary performance, including essays on Acco Theatre Centre (Israel), Goat Island (US), Brith Gof, Eddie Ladd and Simon Whitehead (all Wales); on the history of performance art; on performance and archiving; on performance and landscape; and on performance as a mode of knowledge formation.

My research has been supported by the AHRC (Large Research Grant, Network grants, Collaborative Doctoral awards), Sir David Hughes Parry awards, University of Wales Aberystwyth Research Fund and Arts Council of Wales/ National Lottery.

My major enquiry into the history of performance art in Wales, What’s Welsh for Performance? Beth yw ‘performance’ yn Gymraeg?, was funded by a Large Research Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2009-2011) and won the TaPRA David Bradby Award for Outstanding Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011. I am currently writing a book on the history of performance art in the 1960s and 1970s, tentatively entitled When Yoko Ono did not come to Wales: Locating the history of performance art.

I am co-editor (with Maaike Bleeker, Utrecht; Adrian Kear, Aberystwyth; Joe Kelleher, Roehampton) of a new book series for Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, entitled Thinking through Theatre and Performance.