Edge Hill’s Performing Arts Department benefits from a wide range of staff research interests, both established and developing. Our currently active Research Groups are Arts for Wellbeing, headed by Professor Vicky Karkou, and Performance and Public Engagement, led by Professor Victor Merriman. Both groups produce a variety of outputs, which include peer-reviewed articles, practice-as-research and monographs. The Research Groups also provide various workshops, public lectures and performances. These events give professionals and members of the public the opportunity to participate in the department’s latest research projects. This makes the Research Groups a real asset to both the academic and local communities. Both groups are networked into Edge Hill University’s research institutes, with Arts for Wellbeing responding to the priorities of the Post-Graduate Medical Institute, and Performance and Public Engagement working to those of the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) and the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE).
Research Groups: Current Projects
Current initiatives include the Arts Therapies for Dementia project, part of the Arts for Wellbeing Research Group, and One Hour Theatre Company (OHTC), which developed from the ongoing Performance and Civic Futures research group. It has now become part of Performance and Public Engagement. OHTC is also involved in I4P’s project, Community-University Relations and the Self-Learning City. The department’s disciplinary range is currently expanding to incorporate Music across a range of forms, styles and traditions. Significant recent events include Resonant Edge 2017. This inaugural annual festival of contemporary music and academic symposium explored Hauntology in Music and Sound. Resonant Edge 2017 was the centrepiece of the university’s Festival of Ideas, which also featured practice-as-research work by a number of Performing Arts staff, and also included The Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium.