Miss Lisa Moravec

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I am a writer, researcher, art critic, and body practitioner specialised in contemporary performance since the 1960s. My transdisciplinary PhD thesis, “Dressaged Animality: Human and Animal Actors in Contemporary Art” worked through ethical and aesthetic questions in regards to societal dressage and bodily animality” by combining art historical, animal and performance studies methodologies. The dissertation evaluates intersections and tensions between ethical, political, and aesthetic experiences of human and animal actors in European and American case studies, mainly after 1968, with Rose English’s body of work forming the core of the thesis. The analysed artistic practices operate across experimental theatre, dance, visual art, and new media. As particular companion animals have increasingly become present in contemporary artistic practices since the second half of the twentieth-century, while disappearing from everyday working lives, the thesis analyses what continues to connect animals and human actors; it suggests that it is both, the socio-economic condition of dressage, as well as their corporeal animalities, and makes a claim for the social value of artistic work and critique. The transdisciplinary dissertation examines the choreographies and material leftovers of the performances, such as photographic documentation and sculpture-like objects, including costumes.

I am currently working on a post-doc research project on feminist exchanges between Austrian and British performance artists in the mid-1980s, and transform the PhD into a book. I am also preparing my next post-doc (book) project which moves from contemporary performance linked to animal studies into work on performance in relation to contemporary technologies in the twentieth-first century.


I have taught in the Drama, Theatre, and Dance department at Royal Holloway, University of London on the courses:


Theatre & Culture I, winter term 2017/2020.

Theatre & Ideas I, spring term 2018/winter 2019.

Theatre & Ideas: Ideas of Acting, spring term seminar 2019.

Aesthetic Philosophy, spring term seminar 2020/2021/22.

I have been a visiting lecturer at Kingston School of Art in London since 2017, where I supervise and mark BA essays and dissertations of mainly photography, but also students from the film and illustration animation courses, and run writing rooms.

I am also an external lecturer at the University of Vienna, summer term 2022, where run a seminar on performance in global art in the twentieth-first century.

Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy.

Writing Workshop on Dance, Tanzquartier, Vienna, June 2018.

Other work


I was involved in Theatre Journal, such as in designing the cover from 2017-2019. I became the co-editor of Platform, a RHUL-based postgraduate and early-career journal, after being the book reviews editor and starting the performance review section in 2018. In November 2018, we, the editors, (Clio Unger and Josephine Leask) organised the interdisciplinary symposium 'On Criticism' in close collaboration with Royal Central School of Drama and Speech, resulting in the Platform issue 'On Criticism' (autumn 2019). A have edited a special issue of Photography & Culture, entitled 'Humanism after the Human' (June 2021) and the Platform issue 'Balancing Acts' (October 2021).

Leask, Josephine and Moravec Lisa, Editorial of Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts 15 (1), 'Balancing Acts', autumn 2021. https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/research-and-teaching/departments-and-schools/drama- theatre-and-dance/studying-here/postgraduate-research/platform-journal/current-issue/

Lewandowski, Helen and Moravec, Lisa, editorial essay to 'Humanism after the Human', special issue of Photography & Culture, Vol. 14, No. 2, 14 June 2021, pp. 125-133. https://www-tandfonline-com.ezproxy01.rhul.ac.uk/toc/rfpc20/14/2?nav=tocList?nav=tocList

Leask, Josephine, Moravec, Lisa, Unger, Clio, Editorial of Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts 13 (1), 'On Criticism', autumn 2019, pp. 6-13. https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/research-and-teaching/departments-and-schools/drama-theatre-and-dance/studying-here/postgraduate-research/platform-journal/platform-archive/

Moravec, Lisa and Peetz, Julia,Editorial of Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts 12 (2), 'On Magic', autumn 2018, pp. 5-9. https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/media/8415/02_editorial.pdf  

Other work

Art Criticism & Writing on Art and performance

My texts have appeared in English and German, in publications such as Burlington Contemporary, Texte zur Kunst, Contemporary Theatre Review, Tierstudien, Photography & Culture, on Studio International, exeunt magazine, The Theatre Times, Widewalls, Russian Art & Culture UK, on Art UK, and PW-Magazine; in Aesthetica, springerin, EIKON, Die Presse, and in artists’ publications such as in the exhibition catalogue to Joseph Beuys: Think, Act, Convey (2021), Belvedere21, Vienna.

 My personal blog-archive is assessable here https://watchfineartslondon.wordpress.com/ and my personal website is regularly updated. www.lisamoravec.com



Ernst Mach Research Grant, OeAD, October 2021-June 2022, affiliated with the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, supervised by Prof. Sabeth Buchmann.

Society for Theatre Research: International Glynne Wickham Scholarship, November 2018.

Royal Holloway, University of London: Una Ellis-Fermor Travel Award, March 2019.

PhD, fully-funded college scholarship, Sept 2017-Jan 2021.

Educational background

Before commencing my PhD, I completed the Bavarian MA programme Aisthesis as well as the MA in History of Art at University College London. I also studied journalism, economic theory, and art history at Kingston University and at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

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