Job title: Teaching Fellow in History of Art


Current PhD students

No PhD students at present.

PhD Supervision Topics

  • Modern dance and performance studies
  • Body art
  • Queer theory
  • Outsider art

Lucy Weir is a Teaching Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art, specialising in modern dance and performance studies. Her research interests also include Viennese Actionism, Japanese postwar performance, queer theory and outsider art. Lucy is completing a monograph on the German choreographer Pina Bausch, and developing a new research project exploring masculinity and violence in postwar performance.

After completing her PhD in History of Art and Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow, Lucy has lectured on art and performance history at various institutions including the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow School of Art. In 2015, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, University of Edinburgh, before taking up her current post as Teaching Fellow. She is a member of the Dada & Surrealism Research Group at ECA.

Selected publications

  • 'Tracing Tanztheater: The evolution of Pina Bausch's dance theatre' [forthcoming - Edinburgh University Press] 
  • ‘Abject Modernism: Interpreting the Postwar Male Body in the Works of Tatsumi Hijikata, Günter Brus and Rudolf Schwarzkogler,’ Tate Papers, no. 23 (Spring, 2015). | Find out more >
  • ‘Audience Manipulation? Subverting the Fourth Wall in Pina Bausch’s Kontakthof (1978) and Nelken (1982),’ The Scottish Journal of Performance, vol. 1, issue 2 (June, 2014)
  • ‘Primitive Rituals, Contemporary Aftershocks: Evocations of the Orientalist ‘Other’ in Four Productions of Le Sacre du printemps,’ AVANT, vol. 4, no. 3 (December, 2013)
  • ‘Re-reading Mary Wigman’s Hexentanz II,’ co-authored with Lito Tsitsou, The Scottish Journal of Performance, vol. 1, issue 1 (December, 2013)

Awards and Grants

  • 2015 IASH Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Edinburgh
  • 2012 James McNeill Whistler and Beatrix Whistler Travel Scholarship
  • 2011 DAAD Research Grant
  • 2011 AHRC Research Training Support Grant

Modern dance and performance studies; body art; queer theory; outsider art