Research Profile

Roisin O'Gorman

Biography

                       Róisín O’Gorman is a lecturer in Drama & Theatre Studies at University College Cork.  From her background in theatre historiography, dramatic literature, theory, feminism and visual culture, Róisín's current research lives between embodied practices and theoretical understandings of performance.  She explores this interdisciplinary terrain through the somatic practice of Body-Mind Centering (BMC) which offers an embodied ground to her theoretical and media based work. Róisín completed her Somatic Movement Educator certification in BMC with Embody-Move Association in the UK with support from UCC and The Arts Council of Ireland (see: http://embody-move.co.uk/).  BMC has been highly influential and innovative in the field of Dance, part of Róisín's ongoing research is to examine how this mode can be applied to theatre and performance.  (See also:  http://www.bodymindcentering.com/)She has published on contemporary Irish performance and also on critical pedagogy in Text & Performance Quarterly and Transformations.  She has co-edited a special edition of Performance Research "On Failure" (with Margaret Werry). In 2012 she collaborated with visiting Fulbright scholar, Michael Murphy, in developing a new intermedia performance, Sleepwalker, which was shown at the Triskel Development Centre, Cork.  The piece was performed in Montana in 2013. More recently she has published an article in Performance Research on a practice-based research project. In 2015-16 she organized transdisciplinary events: Performance & Politics & Protest (see: https://performancepoliticsprotest2015.wordpress.com/)   and Bodystories (see: https://bodystories2016.wordpress.com/ ) in collaboration with Women's Studies director Dr. Sandra McAvoy.                        Róisín O’Gorman is a lecturer in Drama & Theatre Studies at University College Cork.  From her background in theatre historiography, dramatic literature, theory, feminism and visual culture, Róisín's current research lives between embodied practices and theoretical understandings of performance.  She explores this interdisciplinary terrain through the somatic practice of Body-Mind Centering (BMC) which offers an embodied ground to her theoretical and media based work. Róisín completed her Somatic Movement Educator certification in BMC with Embody-Move Association in the UK with support from UCC and The Arts Council of Ireland (see: http://embody-move.co.uk/).  BMC has been highly influential and innovative in the field of Dance, part of Róisín's ongoing research is to examine how this mode can be applied to theatre and performance.  (See also:  http://www.bodymindcentering.com/)She has published on contemporary Irish performance and also on critical pedagogy in Text & Performance Quarterly and Transformations.  She has co-edited a special edition of Performance Research "On Failure" (with Margaret Werry). In 2012 she collaborated with visiting Fulbright scholar, Michael Murphy, in developing a new intermedia performance, Sleepwalker, which was shown at the Triskel Development Centre, Cork.  The piece was performed in Montana in 2013. More recently she has published an article in Performance Research on a practice-based research project. In 2015-16 she organized transdisciplinary events: Performance & Politics & Protest (see: https://performancepoliticsprotest2015.wordpress.com/)   and Bodystories (see: https://bodystories2016.wordpress.com/ ) in collaboration with Women's Studies director Dr. Sandra McAvoy. 

Research Interests

Areas of interest include: contemporary performance, corporeality, performance theory and dramatic literature, intermediality and visual culture, somatic practices, feminist praxis, critical pedagogy, and practice as research.



Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
IRC"GOIPG/2015/3114 L Burton"Dr R O'Gorman ; Theatre practice as a tool for re-enchantment - a practice based investigation of the vibrant materiality of puppet theatre.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1530-SEP-18€71,870.00

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2015)'Somaticatica: Embodied Adventures in and out of the Irish Countryside'
Bernadette Cronin, Jools Gilson & Roisin O'Gorman (2015) 'Somaticatica: Embodied Adventures in and out of the Irish Countryside' In: Alexander, K, Garrett Brown, N. & Whatley, S (eds). Attending to movement: Somatic perspectives on living in this world. Axminster, UK: Triarchy Press. [Details]
(2013)'The Ontogenetic Body'
Roisin O'Gorman (2013) 'The Ontogenetic Body' In: Reeve, Sandra (eds). Body and Performance. UK: Triarchy Press.   [Details]
(2008)'Caught in the Liminal: Dorothy Cross¿s Udder Series and Marina Carr¿s By the Bog of Cats¿'
O'Gorman, R; (2008) 'Caught in the Liminal: Dorothy Cross¿s Udder Series and Marina Carr¿s By the Bog of Cats¿' In: Liminal Borderland in Irish Literature and Culture. Oxford: [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2016)'12-A-Day: Lighthousekeeping on the Irish Sea'
O'Gorman, R (2016) '12-A-Day: Lighthousekeeping on the Irish Sea'. Performance Research, 21 :25-31 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Special issue: On Failure'
Roisin O'Gorman & Margaret Werry (eds.) (2012) 'Special issue: On Failure'. Performance Research,   [Details]
(2012)'On Failure (On Pedagogy): Editorial introduction'
Roisin O'Gorman (with Margaret Werry) (2012) 'On Failure (On Pedagogy): Editorial introduction'. Performance Research,   [Details]
(2009)'“Under the seat of knowledge: a photo essay on failure”'
O'Gorman & Werry (2009) '“Under the seat of knowledge: a photo essay on failure”'. Transformations, 20 (1):47-77   [Details]
(2007)'Performance Review of Woman and Scarecrow'
Roisin O'Gorman (2007) 'Performance Review of Woman and Scarecrow'. Theatre Journal, 59 (1):102-103 [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2008American Society for Theatre Research, David Keller Travel Grant ASTR

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Society for Theatre Research Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2016)Irish Society for Theatre Research,
with L. Burton (2016) Re-threading the labyrinth: Collaborative journeys in the classroom and in research creation. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society for Theatre Research, Waterford IT , 22-APR-16 - 23-APR-16. [Details]
(2016)‘Neoliberal Cultures – the Space for Critique and Resistance’,
R. O'Gorman (2016) Structures of feeling and feelings of structure: dancing with Neoliberal structures of affect, connection and collapse”. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], ‘Neoliberal Cultures – the Space for Critique and Resistance’, UCC , 15-APR-16 - 15-APR-16. [Details]
(2015)The Knitting Map symposium,
R. O'Gorman (2015) Threads of Performance: What moves and what remains of a feminist cartography?. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Knitting Map symposium, Glucksman Gallery, UCC , 14-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015)2nd Scenario Forum on Performative Teaching and Learning,
R. O'Gorman (2015) And yet, it moves: a Happy-go-lucky reflection on movement strategies for performative teaching and learning. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 2nd Scenario Forum on Performative Teaching and Learning, University College Cork , 25-SEP-15. [Details]
(2013)Rethinking Liveness,
Roisin O'Gorman (2013) Somatics and Liveness. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Rethinking Liveness, University College Cork . [Details]
(2010)Theatre and Performance Research Association,
R. O'Gorman (2010) Shadow play: body doubling in the work of William Kentridge and Ana Mendieta. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Theatre and Performance Research Association, Body in Performance Working Group, Cardiff , 09-SEP-10. [Details]
(2013)1s t Performative Teaching and Learning Symposium,
Roisin O'Gorman (2013) Between movement and stillness: a theatre and performance based reflection on the possibilities of performative pedagogies. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 1s t Performative Teaching and Learning Symposium, University College Cork . [Details]
(2013)Dance & Somatic Practices Conference,
Roisin O'Gorman (2013) Somaticats: On the prowl for somatic performatives. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Dance & Somatic Practices Conference, Coventry University . [Details]
(2013)International Federation for Theatre Research,
Roisin O'Gorman (2013) “Abdicating presence: Considering the next stage of performance in work of Dorothy Cross. [Oral Presentation], International Federation for Theatre Research, Barcelona, Spain . [Details]
(2012)'Four-Footed Actors: Live Animals on the Stage.' ,
Roisin O'Gorman (2012) 'A'ya an animal a'ya?': Marina Carr's On Raftery's Hill. [Oral Presentation], 'Four-Footed Actors: Live Animals on the Stage.' , University of Valencia . [Details]
(2012)Somatics & Performance Workshop,
Roisin O'Gorman (2012) Saturation & Sponging: an Ontogenetic exploration. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Somatics & Performance Workshop, Universtiy College Cork . [Details]
(2012)Dance Matters Symposium,
Roisin O'Gorman (2012) Interdisciplinary Ontogenesis. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Dance Matters Symposium, Trinity College Dubin . [Details]
(2008)At American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR),
; (2008) A home like no-place: mid-land movements, migrations and murder in James Son of James. [Other], At American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Boston , 01-NOV-08 - 01-NOV-08. [Details]
(2007)Seeing Things: Irish Studies and Visual Culture,
; (2007) Exploding Eyeballs: The Myths and Materiality of Vision in the work of Dorothy Cross. [Other], Seeing Things: Irish Studies and Visual Culture, University of Limerick , 01-JUN-07 - 01-JUN-07. [Details]
(2007)Art as Knowing,
; (2007) Research & Administrative Assistant http://artasknowing.umn.edu/. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Art as Knowing, , 23-MAR-07 - 24-MAR-07. [Details]
(2006)American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), ¿The Human and its Others,
; (2006) Where is the Human? Borders, Frontiers and Limits of Humanness. [Other], American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), ¿The Human and its Others, Princeton, NJ , 01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-06. [Details]
(2006)Mid-American Theatre Conference, (MATC),
; (2006) Querying Land/scape Through the Body. [Other], Mid-American Theatre Conference, (MATC), Chicago , 01-MAR-06 - 01-MAR-06. [Details]
(2005)Emerging Scholar panel, Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE),
; (2005) Opening the Body¿s Space: A Gesture Toward Pelvic Perceptions. [Other], Emerging Scholar panel, Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), San Francisco , 01-JUL-05 - 01-JUL-05. [Details]
(2004)International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL),
; (2004) Ruptures in the Script: Laughter in Contemporary Irish Theatre. [Other], International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL), Galway, NUIG , 01-JUL-04 - 01-JUL-04. [Details]
(2004)Liminal Borderlands: Ireland Past, Present, Future¿. An Interdisciplinary Conference in Irish Studies at the 4th Biannual Conference of Nordic Irish Studies Network (NISN),
; (2004) Always shiftin¿ and changin¿ and coddin¿ the eye¿: The Necessity of the Liminal in Marina Carr¿s By the Bog of Cats¿. [Other], Liminal Borderlands: Ireland Past, Present, Future¿. An Interdisciplinary Conference in Irish Studies at the 4th Biannual Conference of Nordic Irish Studies Network (NISN), Dalarna University College, Sweden , 01-MAR-04 - 01-MAR-04. [Details]
(2004)The Ends of Violence: Detonations of Vision¿ Visual Studies Graduate Conference,
; (2004) Seeing in the Dark: Sarah Kane¿s Acts of Violence. [Other], The Ends of Violence: Detonations of Vision¿ Visual Studies Graduate Conference, University of California, Irvine , 01-MAR-04 - 01-MAR-04. [Details]
(2004)American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). Panel: ¿Considering Bodies in Evaluating Taste¿,
; (2004) Wounding Taste Through Wounded Bodies. [Other], American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). Panel: ¿Considering Bodies in Evaluating Taste¿, Las Vegas , 01-NOV-04 - 01-NOV-04. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
CACSSS Graduate Studies Committee School of Music and Theatre representative/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
U of Minnesota Research & Teaching Assistant/
College of St. Benedict, MN Instructor/
Augsburg College, MN, USA Instructor/

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1995NUI Galway BA
1996NUI Galway MAEnglish
2000U of Nebraksa, Omaha MA
2007U of Minnesota PhD

Outreach Activities

 Description

Events organized: 

June 2016. BodyStories University College Cork.  (Strategic Research Fund, €5,000).  Co-organized with Women's Studies and Postgraduate Perforum conference Drama & Theatre Studies. See: https://bodystories2016.wordpress.com/

 

*Performance & Politics & Protest 4th Sept. 2015, University College Cork. An international, interdisciplinary symposium. (Supported by funding from The School of Music and Theatre, Women's Studies, Applied Social Studies and Graduate Studies, €2750).  See: http://performancepoliticsprotest2015.wordpress.com

 

* Performing Thought, Thinking Performance 14th June 2013, School of Music & Theatre, University College Cork. (Supported by funding 'Cross-School Initiative Award' €2000). This symposium is the culmination of a year's work in the Performance Working Group (co-convened with Dr. Chris Morris, Music). This interdisciplinary research group meets monthly in the academic year to share on-going research.  See: https://performingthoughtthinkingperformance.wordpress.com/

 

*School Collaborative Performance Initiative (Feb-Sep 2013), a new scheme designed to initiate and fund cross-school collaboration between Music and Theatre Studies undergraduate students in the School of Music and Theatre. Funded by an award of €2,000 from the Cross-School Initiative Fund, School of Music and Theatre. (Co-convened with Dr Chris Morris, Music).

 

*Somatics & Performance Workshop at University College Cork, 27-29th Aug. 2012. I organized a three-day professional peer-to-peer workshop at DTS, UCC, in August 2012.  As part of the Corporeal Knowing Network, of which I am a founding member, this workshop offered a focal point for our work.  The network focuses on an exchange between Irish and UK based theatre and dance practitioners currently exploring somatic practices applied to performance (dance & theatre).

 




Other Activities

 Description

* Sleepwalker 1 @ Triskel Development Centre, Cork

Devised multimedia performance with U of Montana colleague Michael Murphy. See links: http://cargocollective.com/michaelrobertmurphy/Sleepwalker

Extended video footage here: http://vimeo.com/63754630


*12-A-Day @ Triskel Development Centre, Cork. 15th Feb. 2013

I directed and devised an original performance based on documentary stories of experiences of abortion in Ireland. The performance involved community based performers, current and former undergraduate and graduate students from DTS and colleagues from across the campus at UCC. It was developed in tandem with activist work under the No More Shame project umbrella: see   https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-More-Shame/394506053931205

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