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DkIT Students and Staff Embrace the World of Theatre

09 June 2023

Dr Ciara Murphy, Assistant Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies in the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at DkIT was co-organiser of the recent Irish Society for Theatre Research annual conference which took place in the University of Galway.

There was strong attendance from DkIT academics which included Dr Fiona Fearon and Dr Daithí Kearney who both presented on their research relating to the ethics of teaching trauma, criminality and deviance in contemporary Irish theatre and a sense of time in the productions of Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland.

Dr Ciara Murphy’s new book, Performing Social Change on the Island of Ireland: From Republic to Pandemic (Routledge, 2023) was launched by Dr Miriam Haughton of the University of Galway at this event. Dr Murphy also commenced her role as Vice President of Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) after the society’s AGM which took place during the conference.

DkIT were delighted that students from the BA in Theatre and Film Practice travelled to Galway to attend this conference with Programme Director Laura Bowler. The students got the opportunity to engage with both the academic and artistic presentations at the conference as well as attending performances at the Galway Theatre Festival.

This informative conference engaged with many topical and critical themes in Irish theatre and society and Dr Murphy was part of a panel that highlighted the work of Safe to Create, a project run by the Irish Theatre Institute and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, this initiative’s main aim is to improve dignity at work across the arts sector. 

Research in drama and theatre are emerging areas of interest in the Creative Arts Research Centre in DkIT and the Institute will welcome applications from interested postgraduate and postdoctoral students who wish to develop their research projects.

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