theresabucklandProfessor Theresa Buckland

de Montfort University

Theresa Buckland is Professor of Performing Arts in the Department of Performance and Digital Arts, Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester where she co-ordinates research in Dance and Drama. Formerly Head of the Department of Arts, Design and Performance at Manchester Metropolitan University and Head of theDepartment of Dance Studies, University of Surrey, Theresa has been at De Montfort since 2000.

She established and convenes the now bi-annual international Dance Ethnography Forum for new and established researchers who undertake fieldwork in performance research.

Theresa is a member of the AHRC Peer College Review, and a former member of postgraduate panel 7. She is a panelist for RAE 2008 (Dance, Drama and Performing Arts),  Vice Chair of the International Council for Traditional Music Study Group for Ethnochoreology, and Book Reviews Editor for Dance Research. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the Society for Dance History Scholars monograph series, the Advisory Editorial Board for Dance Research, a member of the Executive Committee for the Society for Dance Research, and editorial boards of Folk Music Journal and Folklore.

Publications include various essays on popular dance, dance on music video, dance historiography and ethnography, the edited collections Dance in the Field: Theory, Methods and Issues in Dance Ethnography (Macmillan, 1999) and Dancing from Past to Present: Nation, Culture, Identities (Wisconsin University Press, 2006). In 2003, she won the international Gertrude Lippincott Award (Society for Dance History Scholars) for the best essay in English on dance history and theory ("Th'Owd Pagan Dance": Ritual, Enchantment and an Enduring Intellectual Paradigm published in JASHM, Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement). Currently she is completing a monograph, Dance and High Society: Fashionable Bodies in England, 1870-1920.

Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. See Arts & Humanities Research Council website.