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Friday, September 6 • 9:30am - 10:15am
PG/ECR Professional Issues Panel

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What 'counts' as research? Navigating the REF in early career research.  

Our two guest speakers will each offer strategies for navigating the impact of the Research Excellence Framework upon the already precarious climate of early career research. Drawing from their varied and substantial experiences in the discipline, each speaker will address how to respond to the criteria for assessing research ‘outputs’ in productive ways.  
Followed by open questions and discussion.  
Tea / Coffee will be provided in the venue.

This panel has been organised by the PG representatives on the TaPRA Executive Committee, Hannah Greenstreet and Cathy Sloan.


Prof. Roberta Mock  
Roberta Mock is Professor of Performance Studies and Director of the Doctoral College at the University of Plymouth. She is also the Chair of TaPRA. Roberta is a veteran of four UK research assessment exercises, has written and led submissions in two, and has been a member of her University's RAE/REF/Research Strategy and Steering Groups for over a decade. Her own research tends to focus on gender and sexuality in live art and popular performance, and is expressed in both textual/written forms and as creative practice. 
Dr. Margherita Laera 
Margherita Laera is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, Canterbury, where she is co-Director of the European Theatre Research Network (with Kent, RCSSD and Aarhus). She has published widely on theatre translation, adaptation, multilingualism and Italian theatre in edited collections and scholarly journals. She is the author of the forthcoming book Theatre & Translation (Red Globe Press, 2019) and of Reaching Athens: Community, Democracy and Other Mythologies in Adaptations of Greek Tragedy(Peter Lang, 2013), and the editor of Theatre and Adaptation: Return, Rewrite, Repeat (Bloomsbury, 2014) and London: Brexit Stage Left (Cue Press, 2019). Margherita is the Online Editor of Theatre Topics and Theatre Journal. She has recently completed a project entitled ‘Translation, Adaptation, Otherness’ (2016–19), for which she received the Theatre and Performance Research Association’s Early Career Research Prize for 2018. She is currently working on two AHRC- and Creative Europe-funded public engagement projects on contemporary playwriting and translation in Europe. Margherita translates plays from and into Italian and English. 

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Margherita Laera

ECR Keynote Speaker
Be My Guest? Practicing Reciprocal Hospitality Through Theatre Translation   This paper mobilises the notion of hospitality as a metaphor to establish theatre translation as an ethical and political practice that can contribute to a more inclusive and equal world on... Read More →

TaPRA Exec and Working Group C...
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Cathy Sloan

TaPRA Exec: Postgraduate Representative
Cathy Sloan is an applied theatre-maker, teacher and performance researcher.She was Associate and later Artistic Director of Outside Edge Theatre Company, devising performances with, by and for people in recovery from addiction. Her recent publications address the ethics and politics... Read More →
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Hannah Greenstreet

TaPRA Exec: Postgraduate Representative
Hannah Greenstreet is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, researching realism and feminism in contemporary theatre. She won the 2016 TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prize and is TaPRA Postgraduate Representative. Her work has been published in Studies in Theatre... Read More →
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Roberta Mock

Professor of Performance Studies, University of Plymouth
I will be welcoming folks to the conference, hosting a lunchtime salon (with a focus on practice-research), chairing the AGM, and presenting the following paper.CU(N)Ts: Gendered Blood, Performance, and Spaces of AppearanceMaurice Merleau-Ponty chose the word invagination to designate... Read More →

Friday September 6, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am BST
Roborough: RS1