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Paul Murphy

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Research Statement

Currently I am Senior Institute Fellow in the Institue for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at QUB wherein I am developing projects on the annual theme of 'Health, Wellbeing and the Humanities'. My home subject is Drama and most of my published research to date has engaged with the impact of class and gender hierarchies on wellbeing and quality of life, typfied in my first book Hegemony and Fantasy in Irish Drama, 1899-1949 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and articles in journals such as Theatre Research International and Theatre Journal.

Research Interests

My current research interests fall into two broad categories in terms of how Drama relates to Medical Humanities and Digital Humanities. I engage in collaborative, interdiscipinary research that focuses on how the theories and practices of Drama can be deployed in terms of projects involving arts-based interventions on sociomedical challenges and applications to medical training. I am also interested in how Drama is adapting to the digital revolution particularly in terms of how theatre history can be radically reimagined through advanced information technology.

Achievements and Distinctions

In 2012 I was honoured to receive a Queen's University Teaching Award in the Student Nominated category.


I am currently Secretary General of the International Federation for Theatre Research responsible for communications and digital technology. I was President of the Irish Society for Theatre Research 2008-2011.

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