Emily Underwood-Lee has been made Professor of Performance Studies.

Dr Emily Underwood Lee

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee is researcher at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales. Her research focuses on feminist performance, autobiographical performance, and narrative in performance. Emily has a particular interest in performance and the maternal, gender-based violence, and storytelling in health. She is PI on the AHRC funded Performance and the Maternal project and co- created the Kicking Up Our Heels project at Great Ormond Street Hospital commissioned by GOSH Arts.

She co-convenes the Storytelling for Health conference and sits on the steering group of both the Wales Arts Health and Wellbeing Network (WAHWN) and the WISERD Wellbeing Network. She is co-chair of the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Research Network for Wales.  Recent publications include ‘On the Maternal’ Performance Research  (22:4), ‘Storytelling for Health’ Storytelling, Self, Society (15:1), the co-authored book Maternal Performance: Feminist Relations Palgrave (2021) with Lena Šimić, and the forthcoming co-edited collection Mothering: Processes, Practices and Performances Routledge (2022), also with Šimić. Her performances include Kicking Up Our Heels (2019), Manifesto for Maternal Performance (Art)! 2016 (2016), Titillation (2012), Patience (2009), and Ode to Morten Harket (2007).

Professor Underwood-Lee said: “In my research I am concerned with understanding both the stories that we tell about ourselves and how things can change when we listen to the stories of others with genuine care. Attending to people’s experiences can create understanding, community, solidarity, and compassion, which in turn might lead to practices and policies that are responsive and democratic.”

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