Professor Dierdre Heddon

Professor Dierdre Heddon


The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities

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Deirdre is Professor of Contemporary Performance (Theatre, Film and Television Studies) and Dean of the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts & Humanities (Arts Administration).

Following her doctoral study on Feminism and Live Art, Deirdre continued to focus on contemporary performance and theatre practices, broadly conceived (Devising Performance: A Critical History, Palgrave Macmillan 2005). For a number of years, her primary interest was on the use of autobiography in performance (Autobiography and Performance, Palgrave Macmillan 2008). Through exploring performances which brought together site and autobiography, increasingly turning her attention to relationships between performance and the environment, and more recently, she has written about the use of walking in performance practice, specifically in women’s art. Her interest in live art as a form continues (with the recent publication of a co-edited collection, Histories and Practices of Live Art, Palgrave Macmillan 2012). Deirdre is currently engaged in two areas of research: Walking and Performance, and Performance and Forests.