Mr Liam Jarvis

Supervised by

  • Sophie Nield First/primary/lead supervisor


  • Sophie Nield First/primary/lead supervisor


Research interests

I am now a Lecturer in Drama in the Literature, Film and Theatre department (LiFTS) at the University of Essex. I completed my AHRC funded PhD entitled 'Feeling with Someone Else’s Body: Self-deception and the Paradox of Immersive Performance' in 2016 (having passed the viva examination in September 2016).


My qualitative PhD research project examined the intersections between immersive performance practices and recent neuroscientific studies in embodiment. My research demonstrated that an ontological desire that undergirds immersive experience is the desire to feel more fully with the body of another – I have argued that it is this desire that has precipitated the integration of neuroscientific body transfer illusions in nascent immersive performance practices in arts, education and healthcare contexts. This project has led to broader research interests spanning a variety of fields including scientific embodiment, body-ownership and self-attribution, digital humanities, intermediality, applied practices and the philosophy of mind. Alongside my PhD research, I have been a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway and was appointed as a full-time Teaching Fellow in the 2012-'13 academic year (teaching devising and contemporary performance practices). 


I am an active theatre practitioner working both freelance and with Analogue, a theatre company that I co-founded in 2007 to make ambitious intermedial devised theatre in collaboration with a network of practitioners and researchers in diverse fields of practice such as histopathology, neuroanatomy and pervasive media. Analogue’s work has regularly toured the UK, and is increasingly being developed through international collaboration. The company’s work ranges in form and scale from stage shows to audio tours, multi-platform experiences and intimate interactive performance events. The company has had three plays published by Oberon (Beachy Head, 2401 Objects and Stowaway) and is an Associate Company of Shoreditch Town Hall and Farnham Maltings (where the company has been administratively based since 2008). Between 2010-‘12, Analogue was an Affiliate Company at the National Theatre Studio. Key producing partners have included Farnham Maltings, Staatstheater Mainz (Germany), New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater (Germany), Shoreditch Town Hall, Creative Scotland, the British Council, National Theatre Studio, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust. Analogue has developed new work in collaboration with students through residencies at institutions such as the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Plymouth University and Mountview Academy. I have led devising workshops and master-classes with students of all ages both with Analogue and on a freelance basis with organisations such as NT Discover, the Barbican, the Tricycle etc. In 2012, I was appointed as a Fellow at Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Advanced Institute for Research in Delmenhorst, Germany. I am currently on Theatre-Rites’ board of management (which I joined in 2013).

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